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Tonga and ADB

ADB’s program in Tonga focuses on investments in energy, information and communication technology, transport, and water and urban infrastructure that will reduce the costs of key services and improve overall productivity.


ADB began working with Tonga in 1972 and has since committed $70.2 million in loans, $207.9 million in grants, and $23.3 million in technical assistance for the country. Cumulative loan and grant disbursements to Tonga amount to $134.4 million.

ADB Membership

Joined 1972

Shareholding and Voting Power

Number of shares held:
426 (0.004% of total shares)

39,540 (0.297% of total membership, 0.457% of total regional membership)

Overall capital subscription:
$5.89 million

Paid-in capital subscription:
$0.29 million

In the Spotlight

News Release

ADB Announces $470,000 Grant to Help Tonga Combat COVID-19

“ADB’s support will help alleviate Tonga’s immediate financial, logistical, and other constraints to meet these immediate response needs and deliver appropriate medical services where required,” said ADB Health Specialist for the Pacific Inez Mikkelsen-Lopez.

News Release

Tourism-Driven Economies in the Pacific to Feel Brunt of COVID-19 Pandemic — ADB

The economies of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Palau, Samoa, and Vanuatu are the Pacific countries likely to feel the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report by ADB released today.

News Release

Kacific1 Satellite Launch to Bring Affordable Internet to Remote Parts of Asia and Pacific

Kacific Broadband Satellites International Limited (Kacific) has launched the Kacific1 satellite to expand high-speed broadband internet access across Asia and the Pacific. ADB provided $50 million in financing to Kacific for the satellite to deliver internet that will enable better education and health services, improve access to information, and drive more trade and connectivity between countries.

Institutional Document

Pacific Energy Update 2019

This document highlights how ADB technical assistance and energy sector projects are helping to build resilient, low-carbon economies, while increasing access to clean, reliable power in the Pacific.

Data: Tonga

In Tonga, a significant decline in visitor arrivals will allow no economic growth in FY2020. However, tourism recovery and faster government implementation of rehabilitation and recovery from Cyclone Gita will provide vital support in FY2021, with the economy projected to rebound with 2.5% growth.

Projects Cofinanced, 2014-2018

Cofinancing operations enable ADB’s financing partners, governments or their agencies, multilateral financing institutions, and commercial organizations to participate in financing ADB projects. Additional funds are provided in the form of official loans and grants, technical assistance, other concessional financing, and commercial cofinancing such as B loans, risk transfer arrangements, parallel loans and equity, guarantee cofinancing, and cofinancing for transactions under ADB’s Trade Finance Program.

Project Performance, 2000-2018


Pacific Subregional Office (SPSO) - Asian Development Bank (ADB)

91 Gordon Street
Suva, Fiji

  Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

  Tel +679 3318101
  Fax +679 3318074

Tonga Pacific Country Office

Tatafu MOEAKI (Mr)
Senior Country Coordination Officer
Suite 3, Level 3, Reserve Bank Building, Salote Road, Kolofo’ou, Nuku’alofa, Tonga
  Tel +676 28735

About Us

The Tonga Pacific Country Office supports the government in implementing its national development strategy. The office, which serves as extensions of SPSO and ADB headquarters, enhances the effectiveness and impact of ADB assistance in country.


Masayuki TACHIIRI (Mr)Regional Director  Email
Erik AELBERS (Mr)Head, Economics and Programming  Email
David FAY (Mr)Head, Project Administration Unit  Email
Tatafu MOEAKI (Mr)Senior Country Coordination Officer  Email

Holidays 2020

The Tonga Pacific Country Office is closed on these dates:

New Year's Day January 1 (Wednesday)
Good Friday April 10 (Friday)
Easter Monday April 13 (Monday)
ANZAC Day April 27 (Monday) in lieu of April 25
Emancipation Day June 8 (Monday)
Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala’s Birthday September 17 (Thursday)
Constitution Day (Tonga National Day) November 2 (Monday)
King George Tupou I Day December 7 (Monday)
Christmas Day December 25 (Friday)
Boxing Day December 28 (Monday) in lieu of December 26

Last updated: 13 January 2020