Supporting local authorities
Backing the private sector
Supporting the emergence of sustainable cities
Extending healthcare provision
Strengthening regional integration
New Caledonia, a French overseas territory, has its own institutions and broad competences. Despite its geographical distance and the insular nature of its economy, the island has experienced significant development over the past 25 years. Average economic growth has been above 3%, driven in particular by nickel mining and transfers from mainland France. This has brought about a rapid improvement in the standard of living.
But today, while the economy is running out of steam, the objective is to move away from dependence on nickel and improve productivity.
The challenge is especially important because in 2018, the island will face a major political event with the vote on accession to full sovereignty.
AFD has been a partner of New Caledonia since 1947 and has played a major role in the island’s development. The Nouméa agency, which opened in 1960, is a regional agency. It covers activities in Wallis & Futuna and Vanuatu, as well as our regional cooperation operations in the Pacific region.