LDC Graduation

Only half a dozen nations have graduated so far. (One LDC was de-listed when its territory was integrated into another’s.) In the Pacific, Samoa was the first to graduate, in 2014. Vanuatu was originally scheduled tofollow it in 2015, but the devastation of cyclone Pam led to a request to defer that moment by five years. Solomon Islands is scheduled to be the next Pacific island nation to graduate, in 2024... Read more»

Budget 2021

The VT 52 billion sticker on next year’s budget seems high, but it’s not entirely what it seems. Most of next year’s rise in spending compensates for money not spent this year. Every vatu the government wants to spend has to be approved by Parliament. But not everything approved gets spent. Read more»

The Vanuatu Business Outlook

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce recently commissioned a survey of the private sector to provide a snapshot of the effect the economic crisis created by the Corona Virus and TC Harold on the business sector. The survey was conducted over a 5 week period between the 20 August and 22 September. 86 different businesses were interviewed across a wide selection of the economy, along with an online survey of 203 respondents covering 15 different subsectors. Read more»

Economic update 2020

In March, due to the threat posed by COVID-19, the Vanuatu Government closed its border sand in doing so, closed down the Tourism Sector. There were great concerns this would have on the economy and the effect this would have on businesses that relied on tourism. The closure of borders resulted in a large departure of Expatriates from the country many of whom have yet to return. Read more»

The Vanuatu Economic Stimulus Package ( ESP)

On the 31st March a little over a week after the 2020 national elections, the outgoing caretaker Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, issued a statement in response to the COVID-19 Crisis and the economic outlook for Vanuatu.

The statement contained a number of measures to be implemented, that were intended to stimulate the economy after the closure of our borders and the devastating effects of this on the country’s tourism sector.

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Vanuatu Banks have been a critical and important part of how businesses affected by the Economic crisis created by COVID-19 are managing their situation. When we run out of money, we turn to our banks for help.

However, we need to also understand that our banks are just another business in Vanuatu. Banks are basically traders of money. In a very simplistic model, they accept deposits from people and institutions who may have funds to invest, ...

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Business Strategies to Survive the COVID-19 Crisis

Internationally, Economists are predicting that the COVID-19 Crisis will result in the worst recession since the Great Depression in the 1920s.

Business owners are extremely worried about the long term implication of the crisis and survival of their businesses. The Vanuatu Government should be applauded for its plans to implement an economic stimulus package with the Employee Stabilisation Payment programme and Financial Institutions like the banks and the VNPF have announced policies to assist both employers and employees.

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COVID-19 and the economy

COVID-19 and the economy

As the Vanuatu Government closes the borders in response to the threat of COVID-19, the country’s Tourism and Hospitality sector has shut down. Air Vanuatu has suspended all flights in and out of the country indefinitely and cruise ship arrivals have completely stopped.

The business sector is extremely concerned on the short and long-term effects this will create to Tourism and Hospitality as it contributes over 40% to Vanuatu’s GDP and is a large employer.

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