Solomon Islands and ADB
In the Spotlight
ADB is scaling up its assistance in the Pacific, with our active portfolio growing from $500 million in 2004 to $2.6 billion at the end of 2017.
Growth in the Pacific is expected to remain weak in 2018, as economic and political uncertainties, fiscal challenges, and natural disasters hold back some of the region’s larger economies. Slower growth in Solomon Islands is expected in 2018 and 2019, says a new ADB report.
Solomon Islands covers about 28,000 square kilometers of Melanesia. Around 85% of the population of 528,000 lives in widely dispersed villages of just a few hundred people each.
A key development challenge for the government is controlling recurrent expenditure amid modest growth in revenues. The economy is based on primary commodities, and alternative opportunities to generate income are scarce. Economic growth prospects rest on the private sector and on developments in mining, agriculture, and fishing, with some potential for tourism.
ADB’s focus on energy, information and communication technology, private sector development, public sector management, and transport remains relevant in the context of government priorities and the support provided by other development partners
Projects in Solomon Islands
- Tina River Hydropower Project
- Solar Power Development Project
- Asian Development Outlook 2016-2018 - Asian Development Outlook 2017 (Subproject 2)
- Strengthening Solomon Islands' Maritime Safety and Establishing the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Authority
- Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Improvement Program