Palau: Economy

Revised estimates show Palau’s economy grew by 9.4% in Fiscal Year 2015, well above the earlier estimate of 6.7%. Growth reflected a dramatic increase in tourist arrivals, in particular by visitors on package tours from the People’s Republic of China. However, the challenges to sustaining such high increases in visitor arrivals became clear this year, prompting government measures to slow tourist inflows and encourage Palau’s development as a high-end ecotourism destination. Read more from Asian Development Outlook 2016 Update

Economic forecasts for Pacific countries

Country 2016 2017
Cook Islands 4.2 4.0
Fiji 2.4 4.5
Kiribati 1.8 1.5
Marshall Islands 1.5 2.0
Micronesia, Federated States of 2.0 2.5
Nauru 3.0 15.0
Palau 2.0 5.0
Papua New Guinea 2.2 3.0
Samoa 5.0 2.0
Solomon Islands 2.7 2.5
Timor-Leste 5.0 5.5
Tonga 3.1 2.6
Tuvalu 3.0 3.0
Vanuatu 3.5 3.8
Average 2.7 3.5
Country 2016 2017
Cook Islands 0.7 2.0
Fiji 3.5 3.0
Kiribati 0.7 2.0
Marshall Islands -1.3 1.0
Micronesia, Federated States of -0.3 1.5
Nauru 6.6 1.7
Palau 1.5 2.5
Papua New Guinea 6.5 7.5
Samoa 0.1 2.0
Solomon Islands 3.3 4.5
Timor-Leste 1.2 3.0
Tonga 2.0 1.9
Tuvalu 2.0 2.0
Vanuatu 1.9 2.4
Average 4.7 5.5
Country 2016 2017
Cook Islands 37.3 41.3
Fiji -7.0 -1.2
Kiribati 7.0 -2.6
Marshall Islands 10.0 8.9
Micronesia, Federated States of 3.8 2.0
Nauru ... ...
Palau -2.3 -1.3
Papua New Guinea 7.9 9.0
Samoa -3.9 -5.3
Solomon Islands -4.4 -6.1
Timor-Leste 36.1 10.2
Tonga -6.0 -7.6
Tuvalu -1.2 -18.7
Vanuatu -15.0 -13.5
Average 7.2 5.8

… = no data available.

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2016 Update