Improving Internet Connectivity for the South Pacific Project (ADB-50110-001)

  • Cook Islands
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 15, 2017
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Government of Cook Islands
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Investment Type(s)
Grant, Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 15.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 25.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jan 11, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Sep 28, 2018

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Project Description

According to bank documents, the project will support the Cook Islands’ share in the Manatua cable system (MCS), a regional submarine internet cable system that will link Samoa and French Polynesia (non-ADB member), with additional spurs and branching units to link Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, and Niue (non-ADB member). ADB financing will cover (i) the design and construction of the spurs and branching units for Rarotonga and Aitutaki, and (ii) the Cook Islands’ share in the design and construction of the MCS. The Government of New Zealand, represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will provide grant cofinancing to the government for the project.

Investment Description
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Government of New Zealand Grant US$ 10 million

Contact Information

Responsible ADB Officer Bhattacharya, Sibesh
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance & Economic Management
PO box 120
Cook Islands


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