Solomon Islands: Economy

Although economic growth is broadly steady, it relies on expansionary fiscal policy and unsustainable logging. Growth is likely to slow as their short-term benefits dissipate. Taking a longer view, tourism has potential as an untapped source of economic growth. Steady progress is being made in implementing a national tourism development strategy, but significant impediments remain. Read more from Asian Development Outlook 2017


Economic forecasts for Pacific countries

Country 2017f 2018f
Cook Islands 5.0 5.0
Fiji 3.5 4.0
Kiribati 2.0 1.5
Marshall Islands 4.0 2.5
Micronesia, Federated States of 2.5 2.5
Nauru 4.3 –4.5
Palau 3.0 5.5
Papua New Guinea 2.5 2.8
Samoa 2.0 1.5
Solomon Islands 3.0 2.8
Timor-Leste 4.0 6.0
Tonga 2.6 2.6
Tuvalu 3.0 3.0
Vanuatu 4.3 3.8
Average 2.9 3.3
Country 2017f 2018f
Cook Islands 0.5 1.2
Fiji 2.5 2.5
Kiribati 2.0 2.0
Marshall Islands 1.5 1.5
Micronesia, Federated States of 1.5 2.0
Nauru 5.7 1.8
Palau 1.5 2.0
Papua New Guinea 7.5 7.5
Samoa 2.0 2.0
Solomon Islands 1.8 2.2
Timor-Leste 1.2 3.0
Tonga 2.5 2.5
Tuvalu 2.0 2.0
Vanuatu 2.4 2.6
Average 5.4 5.4
Country 2017f 2018f
Cook Islands 24.5 21.0
Fiji 3.5 3.0
Kiribati –2.4 –1.5
Marshall Islands 4.0 4.5
Micronesia, Federated States of 4.5 4.5
Nauru ... ...
Palau –12.5 –15.0
Papua New Guinea 7.7 6.7
Samoa –4.9 –2.8
Solomon Islands –8.3 –10.7
Timor-Leste –12.2 –40.2
Tonga –7.7 –11.9
Tuvalu –20.8 –25.4
Vanuatu –17.7 –15.0
Average 3.0 –0.5

… = no data available, f = forecast number.

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2017