Vanuatu and ADB

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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. 


  • Publication 24 Apr 2017

    Asian Development Bank and Vanuatu: Fact Sheet Asian Development Bank and Vanuatu: Fact Sheet

    ADB operations in Vanuatu support energy, transport, and water sectors and other urban infrastructure and services; as well as public sector management.
  • News Release 06 Apr 2017

    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 launched today.
  • Publication 14 Mar 2017

    Civil Society Briefs: Vanuatu Civil Society Briefs: Vanuatu

    This brief provides an overview of civil society in Vanuatu, including history, cultural concepts, government-civil relations, as well as ADB's engagement with civil society.

Projects in Vanuatu

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