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Vanuatu and ADB

Consistent with its Strategy 2030, ADB will focus its assistance to Vanuatu on helping to improve public financial management, transport, urban infrastructure, renewable energy, disaster risk management, water and sanitation, access to finance, and social protection.


ADB has been supporting Vanuatu since 1981, committing loans totaling $96.8 million, grants of $64.2 million, technical assistance worth $25.3 million, and ADB-administered cofinancing of $71.3 million. Cumulative loan and grant disbursements to Vanuatu amount to $107.6 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, 0.460% of total regional membership)

Overall capital subscription:
$10.2 million

Paid-in capital subscription:
$0.5 million

In the Spotlight

ADB Launches Transport Strategy for Pacific

13 Jul 2021 | News Release

ADB Launches Transport Strategy for Pacific

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a new strategy to help ADB’s Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) improve connectivity and tackle other core development challenges across the Pacific over the next 5 years.

Pacific Transport Sector Assessment, Strategy, and Road Map 2021-2025

13 Jul 2021 | Institutional Document

Pacific Transport Sector Assessment, Strategy, and Road Map 2021-2025

This publication gives an overview of key transport issues in ADB's Pacific developing member countries and of the bank’s planned 2021–2025 transport sector operations in the region.

ADB Generally Endorses New Strategy for Pacific Small Island Developing States

30 Jun 2021 | News Release

ADB Generally Endorses New Strategy for Pacific Small Island Developing States

The Asian Development Bank has generally endorsed a new 5-year strategy aimed at building resilience against economic shocks, delivering sustainable services, and promoting inclusive and sustainable growth in the 12 smallest Pacific...

100 Climate Actions from Cities in Asia and the Pacific

16 Jun 2021 | Publication

100 Climate Actions from Cities in Asia and the Pacific

This publication showcases 100 projects and programs tackling climate change and its impacts on people and the environment in cities across Asia and the Pacific.

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 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 2021

The Extended Mission in Vanuatu is closed on these dates:

New Year's Day January 1 (Friday)
Custom Chief's Day March 5 (Friday)
Good Friday April 2 (Friday)
Easter Monday April 5 (Monday)
Labor Day May 3 (Monday) in lieu of May 1 (Saturday)
Independence Day July 30 (Friday)
Unity Day November 29 (Monday)
Christmas Day December 24 (Friday) in lieu of December 25 (Saturday)
Boxing Day December 28 (Tuesday)
New Year's Eve December 31 (Friday)

Last updated: 12 January 2020