Solomon Islands is a large Melanesian country, composed of 6 big islands, dozens of smaller islands, and several hundreds of islets and atolls. As of 2010, about 80% of its 500,000 people lived in the rural areas, in widely dispersed villages of a few hundred people.
In 2007, the port sector of Papua New Guinea (PNG) comprised 22 declared ports and many small wharves, jetties, and landing stages. However, only 5 of these ports had appropriate infrastructure and received international and coastal traffic. Lae Port was the most important port for international and domestic trade.
Bangladesh has two major seaports, Chittagong and Mongla. However, more than 90% of international trade flows through the Chittagong Port, making it an integral part of the subregional transport and logistics network connecting the country with Bhutan, the northeastern states of India, and Nepal to the rest of the world.