Vanuatu: Features

Read how ADB-supported projects and programs have bridged social and economic disparities and improved the quality of life in Vanuatu.

  • July 2014

    Aviation Safety and Security - ADB's Take

    The safety of air travel is a hot topic right now. ADB has been working with governments around Asia and the Pacific to keep people safe in the air.
  • June 2014

    Making It Easier to Do Business in the Pacific

    It is now easier to register a business in many Pacific island countries following a successful pilot program in the Solomon Islands. Not long ago, registering a new company in Solomon Islands was a torturous bureaucratic process that often took months. Aloysio Ma'ahanao, an accountant who has helped his clients register new companies, remembers those times well. "Under the old Companies Act, it took from 2 weeks to 2 or 3 months, and under the new act the longest it takes me is 2 days. The registration itself takes about 5 minutes."
  • May 2014

    47th Annual Meeting - Rethinking Asia's Challenges at the Crossroads of the Silk Road

    ADB's 47th Annual Meeting, held in Astana from 2 to 5 May, saw much discussion on connectivity, innovation, and the need to keep up with the demands of a changing Asia and Pacific.
  • March 2014

    Middle-income Trap Holds Back Asia's Potential New Tiger Economies: 12 Things to Know

    After years of rapid growth, many countries in Asia have advanced to middle-income status. The transition from middle income to high income, however, can be a slow process. Here are 12 things to know about overcoming the so-called middle-income trap in the region.
  • February 2014

    Hazard and Disaster Data in the Island Nations of Pacific

    The small, isolated island countries in the Pacific are highly vulnerable to natural disasters and the effects of climate change. ADB's urban development specialist Allison Woodruff explains how smart data can help countries in the region reduce and manage disaster risk.
  • February 2014

    Closing the Distance: Investing in the Pacific Transport Sector

    Island countries in the Pacific need a strong transport sector to support economic growth. ADB's transport strategy in the region focuses on improving access to markets and social services and building integrated transport systems.
  • February 2012

    Facts and Data about Health in the Pacific

    Good health is a prerequisite to development - healthy people help communities grow and economies prosper. Here are 12 facts about the state of health in Pacific Island countries and why they are major concerns for ADB.
  • December 2011

    Fiscal Discipline Can Help the Pacific Navigate Global Financial Instability

    Recent uncertainties over sovereign debt in the Eurozone and U.S. fiscal policy are expected to have only direct limited impact on the Pacific islands, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste. The economies are largely insulated from these ongoing problems as they are more closely tied to the economies of Australia and New Zealand. Growth prospects of Australia and New Zealand remain relatively buoyant due to strong demand from Asian markets for their commodity exports.
  • November 2010

    Out of the Tin, Into the Bank

    The National Bank of Vanuatu (NBV) has been a leader in its push to provide bank services to Vanuatu's rural people. Innovative technological approaches, including mobile banking, brought savings and credit to some of the most remote communities in the country.