The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) comprises more than 1,000 islets and atolls spread across just 181 sq km in the North Pacific. Its economy relies on fisheries and development assistance, including grants under its Compact of Free Association with the United States (the Compact). In 2020, border closures associated with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic disrupted fishery supply chains, which proved highly detrimental to the economy. The country is also tasked with balancing resources for its urban and rural populations, and enhancing resilience to climate change.
ADB will continue to respond to government requests for assistance in developing the Marshall Islands’ outer islands, and to further improve the quality of basic education.