Helping Pacific countries reform the business environment


PSDI is a unique program. Applying a rigorous and diagnostic approach, PSDI works with governments, companies and private sector organizations to improve the enabling business environment in the Pacific. In operation since 2007, PSDI has evolved into a performance-driven, technical assistance instrument that is closely integrated into Pacific government strategies and programs. 

Working out of ADB's Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, PSDI services all 14 of ADB's Pacific developing member countries, where ADB has either field offices or shares Development Coordination Offices with the World Bank (Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati).

Responding to requests from countries, PSDI’s expert team provides technical assistance and support services in policy and program development, advocacy, legislative and administrative reform, capacity building and technology project management. Results to date have proved PSDI's effectiveness in addressing constraints to private sector development in ADB’s 14 Pacific developing member countries (DMCs).

PSDI owes its success to the flexibility of its operating model, its continuity, strong technical expertise, ability to work at all levels of government, the emphasis placed on research and analysis, and the coherence of its focus on institutions. It is able to marshal support and resources rapidly when needed, or to reduce involvement when reform enthusiasm wanes. 

PSDI helps remove the constraints to doing business; fostering entrepreneurship and new business models; removing barriers to women’s participation in business; helping the private sector to formalize and grow their business, to create jobs, pay taxes, and lift people out of poverty.
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