Supporting critical infrastructure projects in Tuvalu

  • Media Release

The Australian Government will provide $21.4 million (USD$15 million) in co-financing to the Asian Development Bank to support upgrades to two of Tuvalu's critical boat harbours.

The support was announced by the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Pat Conroy, during a visit to Tuvalu.

As a Pacific island country, maritime transport is vital to Tuvalu's economy.

The project will rehabilitate the Niutao Harbour and construct new harbour facilities at Nui, which will bolster transport connectivity for passengers and cargo.

This critical infrastructure will also strengthen Tuvalu's resilience to climate change and deliver significant local job opportunities, including opportunities for women.

The Australian Government is responding to the infrastructure deficit in the region and supporting the needs of our Pacific partners through the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP).

The funding arrangements are being finalised and are subject to negotiations with the Asian Development Bank.

Australia's support for the Asian Development Bank to deliver these upgrades reflects our shared commitment to delivering infrastructure projects that generate sustained economic and development benefits.

Financing climate-resilient and quality infrastructure is a centrepiece of the development partnership between Australia and Tuvalu.

The AIFFP is committed to principles of quality infrastructure delivery, including climate resilience, gender equality, disability and social inclusion, local job creation and skills development.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Pat Conroy:

“I'm pleased to announce this support while in Tuvalu and to hear about the difference these infrastructure upgrades will make.”

“Australia is proud to support high quality infrastructure projects that respond to Pacific priorities, generate local jobs and deliver long-term economic benefits.”

Photographs of the Minister Conroy's visit for media use via this dropbox link.

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