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Vanuatu and ADB

ADB’s operations in Vanuatu focus on infrastructure, particularly the maritime sector and urban development, public sector management reforms, state-owned enterprise governance, and social protection.


ADB has been supporting Vanuatu since 1981 and has committed 97 public sector loans, grants, and technical assistance totaling $204.4 million. Cumulative loan and grant disbursements to Vanuatu amount to $111.3 million.

ADB Membership

Joined 1981

Shareholding and Voting Power

Number of shares held:
708 (0.007% of total shares)

39,822 (0.299% of total membership, 0.46% of total regional membership)

Overall capital subscription:
$9.91 million

Paid-in capital subscription:
$0.49 million

In the Spotlight

ADB’s Transport Investments in Pacific Forecast at Over $1.6 Billion in 2022–2024

09 Jun 2022 | News Release

ADB’s Transport Investments in Pacific Forecast at Over $1.6 Billion in 2022–2024

ADB's transport investments in the Pacific are expected to reach over $1.6 billion, including $115 million in cofinancing, for 22 projects during the 2022–2024 period, says the latest issue of the Pacific Transport Update.

Pacific Transport Update 2022

09 Jun 2022 | Institutional Document

Pacific Transport Update 2022

This publication outlines how the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting the transport sector in the Pacific to connect communities to essential goods and services and to promote resilience and socioeconomic growth.

Bilateral Remittance Inflows to Asia and the Pacific: Countercyclicality and Motivations to Remit

10 May 2022 | Publication

Bilateral Remittance Inflows to Asia and the Pacific: Countercyclicality and Motivations to Remit

Bilateral remittance inflows are countercyclical against the business cycle of a remittance-receiving country relative to a sending country.

Asian Development Bank and Vanuatu: Fact Sheet

25 Apr 2022 | Publication

Asian Development Bank and Vanuatu: Fact Sheet

ADB’s assistance to Vanuatu will continue to support ongoing investments to improve transport connectivity, energy access, and urban development.

Data: Vanuatu

GDP forecasts are based on ADB's flagship publication, the Asian Development Outlook. Updated four times a year, it analyzes economic and development issues in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Projects Cofinanced

Cofinancing operations enable ADB’s financing partners, governments or their agencies, multilateral financing institutions, and commercial organizations to participate in financing ADB projects. Additional funds are provided in the form of official loans and grants, technical assistance, other concessional financing, and commercial cofinancing such as B loans, risk transfer arrangements, parallel loans and equity, guarantee cofinancing, and cofinancing for transactions under ADB’s Trade and Supply Chain Finance Program.

Project Performance, 2000-2018


Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office (PLCO) - Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Level 20, 45 Clarence Street
Sydney, NSW Australia 2000

  Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

  Tel +61 2 8270 9444
  Fax +61 2 8270 9445

ADB Extended Mission - Vanuatu

Nancy WELLS (Ms)
Senior Country Coordination Officer
P.O. Box 246 Level 5, RBV BLD Rue Emil Mercet, Port Vila, Vanuatu
  Tel +678 20300
  Fax +678 20320

About Us

The Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office (PLCO) is ADB's representative office in Sydney, Australia, and also acts as a focal point for New Zealand. It allows ADB to be more responsive to the development needs of the Pacific and further strengthens its relations with governments, the private sector, and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) in the region.

It is involved in programming, processing, and administration of assistance in Nauru, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

PLCO’s responsibilities include:

  • promoting private sector development across all 15 of ADB's Pacific developing member countries
  • hosting joint activities and holding consultations with academic and research institutions, and civil society
  • coordinating and hosting high-level visits from ADB Headquarters to Australia, New Zealand, and countries of responsibility
  • facilitating country reporting and updating, aid coordination, external relations and information dissemination


Lotte SCHOU-ZIBELL (Ms)Regional Director  Email
Sally SHUTE-TREMBATH (Ms)External Communications Specialist  Email
Matthew HODGE (Mr)Deputy Regional Director and Senior Country Specialist  Email

Holidays 2022

The Extended Mission in Vanuatu is closed on these dates:

New Year's Day January 3 (Monday)
Father Lini Day February 21 (Monday)
Good Friday April 15 (Friday)
Easter Monday April 18 (Monday)
Labor Day May 2 (Monday) in lieu of May 1
Constitution Day October 5 (Wednesday)
Unity Day November 29 (Tuesday)
Christmas Day December 26 (Friday) in lieu of December 25
Family Day December 27 (Tuesday) in lieu of December 26
New Year's Eve December 31 (Friday)

Last updated: 18 February 2022