Outer Island Maritime Infrastructure Project (Second Additional Financing) (ADB-48484-005)

  • Tuvalu
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Government of Tuvalu
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  • Infrastructure
  • Transport
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 20.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Sep 3, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Jul 9, 2020

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Project Description
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According to the bank's website, "Tuvalu is one of the smallest and most remote ADB member countries with a dispersed geography that imposes challenges in transport and economic development. Outer islands have no harbors for the government ships and small workboats ferry passengers and cargo from ship to shore. ADB has been providing financing assistance to Tuvalu to construct small workboat harbor in two outer islands (Nukulaelae and Niutao). The government has requested additional financing to construct an additional small workboat harbor in a different outer island (Nui). The proposed additional financing is (i) consistent with the project rationale, extending the project benefits to the outer island of Nui; and (ii) is included in the country operations business plan (COBP), 2020-2022 of the ADB."

The project's outcome is "Maritime transfer operations in Nanumaga, Nui, Niutao, and Nukulaelae improved, anchored on a transport master plan, with a view to promoting fisheries and tourism."

The project's outputs are:

  • Small-scale harbors constructed in Nui, Niutao, and Nukulaelae, and boat ramps in Nanumaga and Niutao rehabilitated.
  • Capacity to operate and maintain harbors improved, involving the outer island communities, the MTET, and other national government agencies.
  • A transport sector master plan for future harbor development in the outer islands created, with a view to promote fisheries and tourism.
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Responsible ADB Officer Gonzalez Jimenez, Juan Francisco
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PATC
Executing Agencies Ministry of Finance (formerly Ministry of Finance and Economic Development)
Vaiaku, Funafuti, Tuvalu


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