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Cook Islands and ADB

ADB assistance to the Cook Islands focuses on increasing electricity generation from renewable energy sources, improving internet connectivity, enhancing information and communication technology, and strengthening resilience to natural disasters.


ADB has been supporting the Cook Islands since 1976, having committed loans totaling $97.6 million, grants of $24.3 million, and technical assistance worth $12.1 million. Cumulative loan and grant disbursements to the Cook Islands amount to $76.0 million.

ADB Membership

Joined 1976

Shareholding and Voting Power

Number of shares held:
282 (0.003% of total shares)

39,396 (0.296% of total membership, 0.455% of total regional membership)

Overall capital subscription:
$3.90 million

Paid-in capital subscription:
$0.19 million

In the Spotlight

ADB's Investment for Building Urban Resilience in Pacific to Hit $900 Million

17 Jul 2020 | News Release

ADB's Investment for Building Urban Resilience in Pacific to Hit $900 Million

ADB and cofinancing partners’ investment to make Pacific towns and cities more livable through improved essential services is poised to reach $900 million by the end of 2022, according to a new report.

Pacific Urban Update 2020

17 Jul 2020 | Institutional Document

Pacific Urban Update 2020

This document provides an overview of ADB’s active and proposed urban programs, projects, and technical assistance initiatives in the Pacific region as of December 2019.

COVID-19 has created digital opportunities in the Pacific

06 Jul 2020 | Blog Entry

COVID-19 has created digital opportunities in the Pacific

The pandemic is changing consumer behavior and expectations in the Pacific, particularly when it comes to using digital tools for financial transactions.

Water, sanitation and hygiene key to Pacific’s ongoing COVID strategy

19 Jun 2020 | Blog Entry

Water, sanitation and hygiene key to Pacific’s ongoing COVID strategy

Pacific island nations have been among the top performers worldwide in controlling COVID-19. A greater emphasis on water, sanitation and hygiene practices will help continue that success.

Data: Cook Islands

GDP forecasts are based on ADB's flagship publication, the Asian Development Outlook. Updated four times a year, it analyzes economic and development issues in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.

Projects Cofinanced, 2014-2018

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.

Project Performance, 2000-2018

Download data: Success Rates Database


Pacific Subregional Office (SPSO) - Asian Development Bank (ADB)

91 Gordon Street
Suva, Fiji

  Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

  Tel +679 3318101
  Fax +679 3318074

Cook Islands Pacific Country Office

Ngamata P. TUARA (Ms)
Coordination and Administration Officer (Consultant)
Kaititera Part Section 105, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  Tel +682 22697

About Us

The Pacific Subregional Office (SPSO) is located in Suva, Fiji and performs a full range of resident mission functions:

  • government, civil society, and private sector relations
  • policy dialogue
  • country reporting
  • aid coordination
  • external relations and information dissemination

As ADB's regional representative in the Pacific, SPSO undertakes strategic planning, country programming, and economic sector work, overall portfolio management and project administration of selected projects, support for the development of knowledge products, and capacity building and regional cooperation activities. The office has close access and relations with the Pacific developing member countries it serves:

  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Niue
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu

The Cook Islands Pacific Country Office supports the government in implementing its national development strategy. The office, which serves as extensions of SPSO and ADB headquarters, enhances the effectiveness and impact of ADB assistance in country.


Masayuki TACHIIRI (Mr)Regional Director  E-mail
Erik AELBERS (Mr)Head, Economics and Programming  E-mail
David FAY (Mr)Head, Project Administration Unit  E-mail
S. Beatrice OLSSON (Ms)Senior Country Coordination Officer  E-mail

Holidays 2020

The Cook Islands Pacific Country Office is closed on these dates.

New Year's Day January 1 (Wednesday)
The Day After New Year’s Day January 2 (Thursday)
Good Friday April 10 (Friday)
Easter Monday April 13 (Monday)
Queen's Birthday June 1 (Monday)
Ra O Te Ui Ariki July 3 (Friday)
Constitution Day August 4 (Tuesday)
National Gospel Day October 26 (Monday)
Christmas Day December 25 (Friday)
Boxing Day December 28 (Monday) in lieu of December 26

Last updated: 13 January 2020