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Factsheet September 24, 2021

Our Work in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands

 

Working in partnership with 12 countries across the region, the World Bank is currently supporting more than 80 projects across the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea. Learn more about our work below.

Fiji is an archipelago with a population of almost 900,000.

The World Bank’s support to Fiji is focused on strengthening social protection systems, boosting Fiji’s resilience to future climate and public health emergencies, and improving infrastructure and internet connectivity.

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In the Republic of Kiribati, 118,000 people live across 33 islands stretching over 3.5 million square kilometers of the Pacific. The World Bank’s support to Kiribati is focused on improving roads, sustainable fisheries, health system strengthening, access to clean, safe drinking water and economic growth. 

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The World Bank is working with the Marshall Islands government to address the significant challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. The World Bank is supporting Marshallese-led projects focused on climate resilience and disaster preparedness, maritime improvement, sustainable fisheries, renewable energy, skills and education, early childhood development, and financial management. 

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The World Bank’s support to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is focused on developing the digital economy, strengthening the management of its oceanic fisheries, and improving maritime and road transport. The World Bank is also supporting the government to scale up renewable energy, increase energy access, and strengthen public financial management.

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Papua New Guinea (PNG) has a remarkable diversity of resources, and a population of over 8 million people, 85% of whom live in rural areas. The World Bank’s longterm support to PNG is focused on improving livelihoods, strengthening resilience, ensuring effective services reach people, diversifying the economy and creating jobs.

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Samoa has a population of about 198,000 people with the majority of people living on the main island of Upolu. The World Bank’s long-term support to Samoa is focused on improving transport, strengthening health systems, improving digital connectivity, boosting the agriculture sector and strengthening the financial sector.

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The World Bank’s support to Solomon Islands is focused on improving access and lowering prices for electricity, strengthening resilience, creating jobs, and achieving sustainable growth. The World Bank is also supporting the government by sharing knowledge and applying context specific solutions to address the challenges the country faces.

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Tonga is a Polynesian Kingdom with a population of 105,000. The World Bank’s long-term support to Tonga is focused on improving transport and infrastructure, strengthening resilience, creating jobs and improving labor mobility, and providing better digital services.

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Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, with a population of 11,000. The World Bank’s support to Tuvalu aims to strengthen transport infrastructure, improve digital connectivity and education, and increase access to sustainable and renewable energy.

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The World Bank is supporting the Government of Vanuatu with projects that are delivering safer, more reliable and climate resilient transport; increasing national and community resilience with reconstruction assistance to strengthen schools and other public facilities against disasters; and improving access to electricity and rural electrification. 

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