Vanuatu

July 22, 2020 - Michelle Kovacevic, Violeta Gonzalez

Vanuatu leading Pacific in digitising customs and biosecurity clearance

Country’s online trading system off to a timely start, as COVID’s physical distancing requirements disrupt manual systems

May 29, 2020 -

Online discussion: LDC graduation & COVID-19

Only 5 countries have graduated from LDC status since the category was established in 1971. 12 are set to potentially graduate in the coming years, largely based on economic gains. But with COVID-19 slowing economies and trade, is LDC graduation in peril?

April 28, 2020 - Jodie Keane

COVID-19 and trade: Challenges ahead for least developed countries and Small Island Developing States

Originally published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) on 1 April 2020

November 05, 2019 - Brendan Vickers, Hilary Enos-Edu

How trade can assist least developed countries hit by natural disasters

Many least developed countries are vulnerable to recurrent natural disasters, which exacerbate existing challenges, disrupt long-term investments and divert resources away from development to reconstruction.

October 29, 2019 -

Talking trade, and making 'Made in Vanuatu'

See how Vanuatu is recovering from the effects of Cyclone Pam, and how one handicrafts seller is striving for "Vanuatu made" to become the norm.

October 29, 2019 - Michelle Kovacevic

Change in mindset sees Vanuatu become rising star of economic development

Vanuatu became a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) back in 2012, and has made immense economic progress.

October 24, 2019 - Daniel F. Robinson, Margaret Raven

Ethical trade in natural products based on traditional knowledge

There are examples of sustainable, fair and ethical trade in products based on natural, biological resources and traditional knowledge.

August 08, 2018 - Justine Namara, Deanna Ramsay

Making ecommerce connections in the Pacific

Geographical barriers, including isolation from main markets, have resulted in issues for Vanuatu to access international networks and grow its businesses

August 07, 2018 - Simon Hess

EIF address at the launch event of the Vanuatu National Single Window Project and the eTrade Readiness Assessment

Launching of these specific initiatives demonstrates the progressive vision of Vanuatu to stimulate the economy and leverage opportunities through international trade for delivering growth and development

August 06, 2018 -

Taking trade online

What do a mountainous landlocked country, a post-war African nation, and three small island developing states have in common?

July 27, 2018 - Daria Shatskova

Daniel Gay: The long and winding road to LDC graduation

The EIF’s Daria Shatskova talks development in the world’s poorest countries with UNDESA’s Daniel Gay

July 26, 2018 - UNCTAD

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu gear up for e-commerce

Consumers and businesses in two remote Pacific island nations can look forward to a better connected and more prosperous future, according to assessments made by UNCTAD of their readiness to benefit from electronic commerce

July 19, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Infographic: Vanuatu eTrade Readiness Assessment

The Government has shown a strong interest in adopting economic and social policies that can facilitate the development of the Internet economy, of which e-commerce is one segment. Unlocking its potential will also reduce distance to markets, reduce “sealockedness” and enable Vanuatu to leapfrog certain barriers associated with physical trade

July 13, 2018 - Ratnakar Adhikari

Strategic partnership for trade development: The EIF and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Often, the Pacific seems very far. With these new partnerships, we are cutting the distance to ensure that trade-led development brings tangible benefits to the people in the Pacific, including women and youth.

March 20, 2018 - Simon Hess, Deanna Ramsay

In Vanuatu, ‘market mamas’ are taking care of business

Women entrepreneurs are helping to restore island nation’s economy after the ravages of Cyclone Pam

February 01, 2018 -

Rosalie's story from Vanuatu

Rosalie is not just any market mama. She is the founder of Bulvanua Arts & Handicrafts – a cooperative of 30 traders who are promoting Made in Vanuatu products in place of imports.

January 19, 2018 - Michelle Kovacevic

Coordinating on trade in Vanuatu

On 29 May 2012 Willie Luen was preparing to emcee one of the most important meetings of his life. He remembers that the room — a hotel conference room in Port Vila, the capital city of Vanuatu — was so packed with people that the windows were starting to fog up.

December 13, 2017 -

Market mamas work together to promote Vanuatu-made products

Rosalie’s day starts at 4 a.m., kneading coconut cream rolls with her eldest daughter to sell at the local community shop down the road from her house.

December 08, 2017 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Rebuilding Vanuatu

Vanuatu, a series of small islands surrounded by clear, blue water in the South Pacific, is a natural tourist attraction – and its economy depends heavily on the sector, which employs 55 percent of Vanuatu’s labor force and represents 65 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP).

November 11, 2017 - Ratnakar Adhikari, Joe Natuman

Tourism as a way to lift the Pacific out of poverty

Originally published by Thomson Reuters Foundation News

November 17, 2015 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Trade and services, rehabilitation and promoting cultural heritages

Contributing to the reconstruction of communities after a natural disaster