Grant of $16.9 Million to Help Vanuatu Cope with COVID-19

Video | 18 December 2020

Like its neighbors in the Pacific, Vanuatu has been hit hard by the impact of COVID-19.

So, an Asian Development Bank grant of $16.9 million will help to strengthen the country’s health systems while also alleviating economic and social pressures.

The grant will train frontline medical workers in contact tracing and increase public awareness of COVID-19.

It will also assist the government to implement its stimulus program, including employment stabilization payments for businesses affected by the pandemic, grants for women-owned micro, small, and medium-sized businesses, and tuition relief for primary and secondary school students, as well as support for the agricultural sector in the form of price subsidies and transportation assistance.

Transcript

Here in Vanuatu the impact of COVID-19 has been immense.

To help, ADB has approved a grant of $16.9 million.

The grant will help boost healthcare in Vanuatu while providing help to the business sector, such as tourism operators, women-owned businesses, and the agricultural sector, plus exemptions for school fees.

Johnny Koanapo Rasou, Finance Minister
We have to treasure and value the relationship that this country and the people of this country have with the Asian Development Bank.

ADB is committed to Vanuatu and helping its people recover from the impact of COVID-19.