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Vanuatu: Economy

The economy is recovering after several shocks over the past 2 years, not least a devastating cyclone in 2015. Growth is driven by ongoing recovery in tourism and agriculture, cyclone reconstruction, and new infrastructure investment. However, the improved outlook faces risks from rising public debt and a legacy of policy inaction in key areas. Reform is needed to improve infrastructure management and enhance productivity for faster and more sustainable growth. 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