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International Monetary Fund. Asia and Pacific Dept

development assistance in January 2022. Despite its high-income per capita status, the inherent vulnerabilities and costs associated with a small, open, island state, are disproportionally high and they diminish the country’s purchasing power. These costs are further exacerbated by the country’s extreme exposure to climate change and natural disasters. Furthermore, logistical challenges in delivering services to the dispersed population in remote locations aggravate inequalities in access to basic services and economic opportunities. COVID-19 Response and Recent