Tonga and ADB
In the Spotlight
ADB has scaled up its assistance to Pacific countries from about $500 million in 2004 to more than $2 billion by the end of 2015, supporting the construction of infrastructure such as transport, energy, water and sanitation, and information and communication technology.
An undersea fiber-optic cable network is banishing Tonga’s long-standing isolation and ushering in the wired world of the 21st century.
Fishing resources in the Pacific have been heavily exploited and conservation is needed.
An undersea fiber-optic cable network is banishing Tonga’s long isolation and ushering in the wired world of the 21st century. Read this and more stories from Together We Deliver 2015, a publication highlighting successful projects that demonstrate development impact, best practices, and innovation across Asia and the Pacific.
The economy of Tonga is highly dependent on subsistence agriculture, extremely vulnerable to natural hazards, and heavily reliant on external income (donor aid and remittances). Its medium-term development depends on the continued implementation of structural reforms to improve productivity, remove bottlenecks to growth, and strengthen macroeconomic resilience.
ADB and other development partners are working closely with the government to implement a multiyear joint policy reform matrix , which will ensure that Tonga’s development priorities are addressed and policy reforms are realized. The medium-term policy goals for the government include maintaining macroeconomic stability - particularly in light of high public debt - and improving economic management. Policy reforms also seek to achieve sustained economic growth led by the private sector, while maintaining the country’s health and education standards.
Projects in Tonga
Average annual population growth rate in Tonga (2010-2015)
Population in Tonga, in millions (2015)
Population living below the national poverty line in Tonga (Before 2010)Refers to preliminary/interim figures; or refers to periods before 2010.
Maternal mortality ratio in Tonga, per 100,000 live births (2015)