Cook Islands: Improving Internet Connectivity for the South Pacific Project

Sovereign Project | 50110-001

The Asian Development Bank is working with the Cook Islands to provide people with low cost and high quality internet service. The project is helping to build a submarine cable connecting the Cook Islands to the internet, and is providing the technical expertise to operate the system.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Bhattacharya, Sibesh
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Cook Islands
  • Sector
    • Information and communication technology
Project Name Improving Internet Connectivity for the South Pacific Project
Project Number 50110-001
Country Cook Islands
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Improving Internet Connectivity for the South Pacific Project
Government of New Zealand US$ 10.00 million
Loan 3632-COO: Improving Internet Connectivity for the South Pacific Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 15.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Information and communication technology / ICT infrastructure

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Improved telecommunication in Cook Islands
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Internet service cost reduced and quality improved.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs The Cook Islands' portion of the Manatua Cable System connecting Samoa and French Polynesia, which includes additional spurs and branching units to connect Aitutaki and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, constructed and commissioned.
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects This is the fifth ICT project developed by PARD. Based on similar projects in Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, and Palau/FSM during the construction (installation) phase the environmental impacts are expected to be site specific and limited to the route of the cable laying, landing sites, and landward cable routes. Prior to the installation/construction stage, the EMP developed during PPTA will be updated during the marine route survey and detailed design. Any data gaps identified during the PPTA will also be filled at this time. Operation phase impacts will be confined to the land-based cable stations.
Involuntary Resettlement The project through a submarine internet cable will link the islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands to Samoa, where interconnection to the international internet hubs in Fiji and Hawaii will occur. The activities under the proposed project will mostly occur under the deep sea and some activities near the shore. The construction of cable path and landing station in Rarotinga and Aitutaki will be on public or government land to minimize any land acquisition. The project is proposed as Category C with no anticipated involuntary resettlement impacts.
Indigenous Peoples The project will build a submarine internet cable to link the islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands to Samoa, where interconnection to the international internet hubs in Fiji and Hawaii will occur. The project is not expected to impact any distinct and vulnerable IPs. No indigenous peoples plan is therefore required.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation This project is still awaiting Loan effectiveness Two of the 4 conditions for effectiveness have yet to be met (signing of the C&MA and signing of the SLA). The project team is optimistic that this Loan becomes effective in Q4 2018. ADB no objection for the supply and installation of a submarine cable system will be issued.
Responsible ADB Officer Bhattacharya, Sibesh
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PATC
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance & Economic Management
Mr. Kevin Carr
PO box 120
Cook Islands
Concept Clearance 07 Jun 2016
Fact Finding 28 Aug 2017 to 01 Sep 2017
MRM 03 Oct 2017
Approval 15 Dec 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2018

Loan 3632-COO

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
15 Dec 2017 31 Oct 2018 07 Nov 2018 30 Sep 2020 31 Dec 2021 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 15.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 15.00 29 Sep 2021 12.30 0.00 82%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 29 Sep 2021 12.36 0.00 82%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - -

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