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Friday 12 April 2024

Manila, Philippines
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Tonga signed a $10 million policy-based grant agreement today, 12 April, to help expedite economic recovery from disasters caused by natural hazards and health emergencies.
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Tuesday 26 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three community-based aged care centers will be built in Tongatapu with one in Vava'u, under a new USD $16.18 million project signed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The Tonga Integrated Aged Care Project will help provide safe, high-quality integrated health and care services for older people and their caregivers.
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Thursday 9 November 2023
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The quality of Tonga's water supplies will come into focus next week, when stakeholders come together for a workshop to look at water supply and sanitation management. The Water Safety Planning process will result in a Quality Risk Assessment for the Nuku’alofa Water Supply System. At a second workshop, the Ministry of Health and ADB, will present findings from a recent pilot study on Village Water Supply systems in Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 8 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Grant agreements worth an additional USD30 million, for the Nuku'alofa Port Project, were signed by Tonga's Minister for Finance, Hon Tiofilusi Tiueti and Asian Development Bank Director General for the Pacific, Leah Gutierrez, in a virtual meeting on 2 November. The additional financing from the ADB and Australia will address cost overruns under the AUD126 million total project,
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Monday 10 July 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga faces permanent losses from sea level rise and is at risk from a seismic events, a new multi-hazard report finds. The 2023 Multi-Hazard Disaster Risk Assessment was launched by Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Samiu Vaipulu and the Minister of Finance, Hon. Tiofilusi Tiuteti, and ADB Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Alexandra Galperin on in Nuku’alofa on 6 July.
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Wednesday 28 June 2023
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Manila, Philippines
An $8 million grant to the Government of Kiribati was disbursed by the Asian Development Bank to help fund drought relief efforts.
Thursday 13 April 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Growth in Tonga’s economy is projected to reach 2.5% in 2023 expanding further to 3.2% in 2024, according to the latest edition of the Asian Development Bank's economic report presented in Nuku'alofa today, 13 April. ADB Public Sector Economist, James Webb said, like its South Pacific neighbours, Tonga has faced an immensely difficult past three-years. Inflation is forecast to accelerate to 9.4% this year, with remittances providing some potential relief to households.
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Friday 10 March 2023
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Manila, Philippines
USD$38 million in contingent disaster financing has been approved to help Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Tonga respond to disasters caused by natural hazards and health emergencies from the Asian Development Bank.
Wednesday 9 November 2022
Sharm El-Sheikh, Eqypt
Grants of $16.5 million for the Blue Pacific Finance Hub, which aims to build ocean and coastal resilience in countries threatened by the impacts of climate change was announced by the Asian Development Bank with the Global Environment Facility and the Nordic Development Fund at COP27, in Egypt.
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Thursday 15 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Solar power for around 197 households on the small island of ‘Uiha in the Ha’apai Group, was tested this week marking an important transition from diesel to solar power generation, ahead of commissioning at the end of the month. The island's two villages, which had only six hours of electricity a day, now enjoy 24 hours a day of 100% renewable power.
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Monday 8 August 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The contract to upgrade, rehabilitate and expand Tonga’s international port, Queen Salote Wharf was signed on 4 August between the Government of Tonga and McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd of New Zealand.
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Thursday 2 December 2021
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
USD$5 million funding from the Asian Development Bank will “help restore and accelerate private sector-led economic growth in Tonga after the COVID-19 pandemic”, after the Tonga Government signed a grant agreement with the ADB on Wednesday, 1 December.
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Thursday 1 July 2021

Manilla, Philippines
A five-year strategy to help 12 smallest Pacific Island countries, including Tonga, build resilience against economic shocks, deliver sustainable services, and promote inclusive and sustainable growth, was endorsed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
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Friday 30 April 2021

Manila, Philippines
The economies of the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, and Tonga will continue to decline in 2021. “The COVID-19 pandemic is the worst economic crisis in the history of these countries,” said economist James Webb. “While lives have been saved, livelihoods have been lost.” Economic recovery in tourism-dependent Polynesian countries will be slow, says a new ADB report.
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Wednesday 21 April 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A training series on Power Purchase Agreements for a Pacific Energy Regulators Alliance was launched by the Asian Development Bank on April 14.
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Wednesday 30 December 2020

Suva, Fiji
A Fiji $2 million grant to help Fiji recover from the devastating impact of Cyclone Yasa was dispatched by the Asian Development Bank on 24 December. Damage assessments indicated that about 93,000 people, or 10% of the population were directly affected.
Monday 7 December 2020

Manila, Philippines
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD$45 million grant to help rehabilitate and upgrade the international port at Queen Salote Wharf in Nuku’alofa, ADB announced on December 4.
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Friday 4 December 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia has provided AUD$2.885 million towards Tonga’s outer islands solar power project, supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to help reduce reliance on diesel for power generation.
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Friday 18 September 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a devastating toll in terms of human lives and health, jobs, growth, and economic progress in Asia and the Pacific. Donors have pledged more than $4 billion to replenish Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) grant funds for the region during a virtual meeting on 16 September.
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Monday 3 August 2020

Suva, Fiji
The difficult issue of how to safely reopen national entry points in six Pacific Islands countries, including Tonga, was discussed today in a second virtual roundtable meeting, convened by the United Nations and Asian Development Bank, as COVID-19 continues to cause wide-spread movement restrictions.
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