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Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office (PLCO)

ADB’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney serves as the focal point for programming, processing, and administering assistance to Nauru, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

In the Spotlight

Article

Ireland and ADB Helping Small Island States in the Pacific Respond to Climate Change

In an interview with ADB, Ireland’s Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy, T.D., discusses the urgency of the climate change threat in the Pacific, what impact the Fund is already having on the ground, and how other partners can step up to meet this critical challenge.

Publication

Pacific Economic Monitor – December 2019

The 2019 growth forecast for the Pacific subregion has been raised from 3.5% to 4.2%, driven mainly by higher liquefied natural gas production in Papua New Guinea and increased construction expenditure in Samoa and Solomon Islands, as well as lower-than-projected economic decline in Nauru.

Publication

Effectiveness of Foreign Development Assistance in Mitigating Natural Disasters’ Impact: Case Study of Pacific Island Countries

While natural disasters greatly hinder economic growth in the South Pacific region, official development assistance significantly mitigates such adverse effects.

Blog

In the Pacific, COVID-19 is changing the way we think about waste management

The pandemic is producing more household waste and increased amounts of dangerous medical waste. We need to manage these changes for our immediate safety and for the long-term welfare of our communities.

Nauru and ADB   ADB and Nauru: Fact Sheet

ADB has been supporting Nauru since 1991 with focus on improving fiscal sustainability, critical infrastructure, and service delivery.


Economic Forecasts

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.


Solomon Islands and ADB   ADB and Solomon Islands: Fact Sheet

ADB has been supporting Solomon Islands since 1973. Its assistance has focused on developing infrastructure to support inclusive growth, including transport assets, renewable energy, and water supply and sanitation.


Economic Forecasts

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.


Vanuatu and ADB   ADB and Vanuatu: Fact Sheet

ADB has supported Vanuatu since 1981, with robust assistance to build economic resilience, upgrade transport and energy assets, and improve urban infrastructure and health systems.


Economic Forecasts

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.


Pacific: Project Results View all project results in the Pacific

Project Result / Case Study | 13 Jan 2020

Vaccinating in Vanuatu for a Healthier Future

A $15 million grant from an Asian Development Fund (ADF) 12 facility will reduce the burden of pneumonia and diarrhea in children and increase protection against the human papilloma virus in women.

Project Result / Case Study | 02 Dec 2019

Reconnecting Solomon Islands After the Cyclone Ita Floods

ADB’s Transport Sector Flood Recovery Project helped reinstate bridge approach roads, culverts, and stream crossings and rebuilt three elevated bridges, reestablishing a seamless east–west road link on Guadalcanal and within Honiara. All works incorporated climate- and disaster-proof design.

Project Result / Case Study | 30 Oct 2019

How the ADF Base Allocation Increase is Already Transforming the Pacific

From clean power to port infrastructure, the Asian Development Fund is transforming the Pacific.

News and Publications

About PLCO

ADB’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney serves as the focal point for programming, processing, and administering assistance to Nauru, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. The Sydney Office also serves and the focal point for donor coordination and managing client relationships with Australia and New Zealand; for managing and implementing three multi-donor funds–the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative, the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility, and the Pacific Partnership Facility; and for processing and administering finance sector operations across the Pacific Island Countries. PLCO facilitates communications, knowledge sharing, and innovation through events and engages with and collaborates with academic and research institutions, civil society and other development partners.

Fact Sheets

ADB and Australia

Australia has contributed $8.54 billion in capital subscription as of 31 December 2018. It has contributed and committed $2.86 billion to Special Funds since joining in 1966.

ADB and New Zealand

New Zealand has contributed $2.27 billion in capital subscription as of 31 December 2018. It has contributed and committed $198.69 million to Special Funds since joining in 1966.


Staff

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

Contact

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
  E-mail

Pacific Country Offices

Nauru Pacific Country Office
John LIMEN (Mr)
Senior Country Officer
 
Solomon Islands Pacific Country Office
Elmar ELBING (Mr)
Unit Head
Level 1, Heritage Park Commercial Building
Mendana Avenue, Honiara, Solomon Islands
  Tel +677 23333
  E-mail
Vanuatu Pacific Country Office
David FAY (Mr)
Unit Head
Level 5, Reserve Bank Building
Rue Emile Mercet P.O. Box 3221, Port Vila, Vanuatu
  Tel +678 23610
  E-mail

Holidays 2021

The Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office is closed on these dates:

New Year's Day January 1 (Friday)
Australia Day January 26 (Tuesday)
Good Friday April 2 (Friday)
Easter Monday April 5 (Monday)
Anzac Day April 26 (Monday)
Queen's Day June 14 (Monday)
Labour Day October 4 (Monday)
Christmas Day December 24 (Friday)
Boxing Day December 27 (Monday)
New Year's Eve December 31 (Friday)

Last updated: 3 September 2021