- Welcome to Kiribati
- Kiribati in the Commonwealth
- Kiribati has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1979
- Kiribati became an independent country on the 12th of July 1979
- Kiribati has been competing in the Commonwealth Games since 1998
- Kiribati experienced overall, on average, no price increases during 2003-07: its average annual consumer price inflation was 0.0%, the lowest rate for that period in the Commonwealth
- Its economic growth remained steady at an average 3.3% p.a. for the 2003-07 period
- Mobile phone usage is not popular in Kiribati. It has the lowest mobile phone usage rates in the Commonwealth, eight subscriptions for every 1,000 people
- The country comprises 33 islands scattered across 5.2 million square km of the central Pacific Ocean, and has some 1,140km of coastline
His Excellency Mr Taneti Mamau
President of the Republic of Kiribati
On behalf of the Government and the People of the Republic of Kiribati, I extend to you all our warm welcome to the Kiribati portal of the Commonwealth of Nations website.
Kiribati (pronounced Kiribass) is a small developing island state located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It comprises 33 atolls in three sub-groups namely the Gilbert Group, Line Group and the Phoenix Group. The atolls are scattered across the equator over five million square kilometres of water.
We take pride in our rich culture, our peaceful, hospitable and hard-working people, our tranquil, pristine and vibrant marine environment and our beautiful islands. We invite all to visit Kiribati and experience our unique culture and enjoy our vast and rich marine environment.
I bestow upon you all our Kiribati blessing of Te Mauri (Health), Te Raoi (Peace) ao Te Tabomoa (and Prosperity).
Kiribati in the Commonwealth
did you know?
Technical Assistance on Maritime Delimitation (2007/08)
This Commonwealth funded project provided legal, policy, and technical advisory inputs into the negotiations between Kiribati and New Zealand and assisted in a review and update of Kiribati maritime legislation.
Development of the Garment Industry (1997-2002)
This was a Commonwealth Secretariat commissioned project where Kiribati upgraded the production process of the Nano-Tasi garment making unit. They introduced advanced sewing and screen printing techniques and procedures.
Lecturer in Engineering (1997-2002)
The expert, provided for by the Commonwealth Secretariat, taught engineering at Tarawa Technical Institute and undertook training needs assessment for Kiribati.
Technical Assistance to Oil and Soap Making Units (1997-2002)
The Commonwealth Secretariat assisted in the upgrading of oil and soap processing units in Tarawa and the outer islands with an aim of increasing the quality and quantity of production of soap and coconut oil.