ALOFI, NIUE (25 July 2023) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Niue officially opened the ADB office in Alofi today.

ADB’s Director General for the Pacific Leah Gutierrez and Pacific Subregional Office Regional Director Aaron Batten joined Niue’s Premier Dalton Tagelagi in the event.

“The Niue office will boost our responsiveness to the development needs of ADB’s newest member,” Ms. Gutierrez said. “As our partnership with Niue deepens, we will explore how we can support effective and sustainable public service delivery and manage the threats of climate change.”  

“We look forward to working with ADB to help meet our development goals,” said Mr. Tagelagi. “ADB’s new office in Niue will play a critical role in this work.”   

ADB is helping Niue in developing its renewable energy sector, in collaboration with the Government of New Zealand. ADB is also helping the country build resilience against economic shocks and supporting its recovery from the pandemic. Niue receives ADB’s technical assistance in the areas of public sector management, statistics, transport, and climate change.

Since 2019, ADB has committed two public sector grants and technical assistance totaling $4.3 million to Niue. Cumulative grant disbursements have reached $500,000, as financed by ADB’s special funds.

Aside from the Niue office, ADB has field offices in the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. The country offices in Australia, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea are helping ADB’s field presence to facilitate aid coordination and aid effectiveness in the Pacific region.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region. 

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