Tuvalu and ADB
In the Spotlight
Investments in basic services must be complemented by policy and regulatory reforms as well as capacity development to support a shift towards more commercially viable utilities in the Pacific, says the latest issue of the ADB Pacific Economic Monitor.
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. Growth is projected to decelerate slightly in Tuvalu, says a new ADB report.
Tuvalu is a fragile microstate consisting of nine low-lying atolls. The country has a total area of only 26 square kilometers, and most of its 11,000 people live on the main island, Funafuti.
With few exports, Tuvalu is almost entirely dependent on external aid as well as highly variable revenue from fishing licenses, remittances, surpluses from the country’s overseas trust fund, and rent of its “dot tv” internet extension. Building and maintaining fiscal resilience and upgrading maritime infrastructure are key priorities for the government.
ADB's approach and operations in Tuvalu are aligned with the national strategy for sustainable development.
Projects in Tuvalu
- Systems Strengthening for Effective Coverage of New Vaccines in the Pacific Project
- Asian Development Outlook 2019–2021
- Outer Island Maritime Infrastructure Project (Additional financing)
- Pacific Disaster Resilience Program
- Capacity Building and Sector Reform for Renewable Energy Investments in the Pacific