Vanuatu and ADB

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  • Pacific Energy Update 2017: Vanuatu

    The Vanuatu Energy Access Project will increase electrification rates on the country’s two largest islands (Malekula and Espiritu Santo), and add renewable power generation capacity on Malekula.

  • Pacific Growth to Pick Up in 2017 — ADB Report

    Pacific economies face gradually improving growth prospects in the next 12 months on the back of stronger economic fundamentals, says a new ADB report

  • Pacific Urban Update 2016: Vanuatu

    The Port Vila Urban Development Project in Vanuatu is improving drainage, roads, and sanitation systems in and around Port Vila.

  • Vanuatu: Country Operations Business Plan, 2017-2019

    The Vanuatu country operations business plan (COBP) 2017–2019 is aligned with the strategic priorities of the Pacific Approach, 2016–2020; the Midterm Review of Strategy 2020; and the government’s Priorities and Action Agenda, 2006–2015, along with Vanuatu’s infrastructure strategic investment plan and national energy road map.


Vanuatu has posted strong economic performance in recent years, driven primarily by tourism, construction, and aid inflows from development partners. However, key constraints to implementing assistance programs persist. These include the country’s remoteness, small market size, underdeveloped institutions, and limited absorptive capacity. The rural economy is primarily agrarian, with largely subsistence farming, aside from some copra, beef, cocoa, and kava produced for export.

The country operations business plan (COBP), 2017-2019 for Vanuatu is aligned with the government’s Priorities and Action Agenda, 2006-2015, infrastructure strategic investment plan, and national energy road map. ADB operations support energy, transport, water and other urban infrastructure and services, and public sector management. 


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