The United States and Vanuatu established diplomatic relations in 1986, six years after Vanuatu's independence from France and the United Kingdom. The U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea is also accredited to Vanuatu. U.S. representation is handled by the U.S. Embassy in Papua New Guinea. Peace Corps maintains a country office in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The United States and Vanuatu share a commitment to strengthening democracy, enhancing security, and promoting development.

The Vanuatu Government's main concern has been to bolster the economy, which is primarily agricultural. The United States is a major financial contributor to international and regional organizations that assist Vanuatu, including the World Bank, UN Children's Fund, World Health Organization, UN Fund for Population Activities, and Asian Development Bank (ADB). Peace Corps volunteers are assisting communities in Vanuatu in the areas of health and education. Peace Corps and USAID are cooperatively administering a small-grants project to assist communities in adapting to climate change. The United States provides security assistance training. Vanuatu was the recipient of a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) $65 million compact which constructed two critical roads on the country’s most populous islands. This project has had a positive impact across a range of economic and social indicators from entrepreneuriship to health to women’s empowerment. With the opening of the USAID Pacific Islands Regional Office in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in October, 2011, USAID will be providing development assistance related to climate change in Vanuatu. Vanuatu is one of the focus countries for the new five-year, $25 million Climate Change Adaptation Program for the Pacific, which will focus on assisting communities to adapt infrastructure, health systems, agricultural practices, and economic livelihoods to the new realities of climate change.


Vanuatu woos HK, mainland firms

The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu yesterday opened a trade office in Hong Kong, angling itself as an offshore incorporation destination for mainland and Hong Kong firms.

Friday, 15 July, 2011, 12:00am


The former New Hebrides offers volcanic majesty, wildlife and glimpses of ancient traditions - and with a postbox always close by, there are no excuses for keeping it a secret.

1. Tanna

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Islanders bank on tusks and taro in pursuit of happiness

As the frenzy of post-Christmas consumerism sweeps cashed-up cities such as Hong Kong, a tiny country in the South Pacific is stubbornly forging a path in the opposite direction.

Vanuatu, in moves that spurn the global cash economy, is reviving ancient currencies such as pigs, pig tusks, grass mats and sea shells.

2 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Cargo cult clings to hope of US millions

A pledge of millions of dollars in aid from the United States has raised false hope in one of the world's most enduring cargo cults, causing a headache for authorities.

For 60 years, the Jon Frum movement in Vanuatu has believed that the great wealth or 'cargo' that the US military brought to their island home during the second world war will one day miraculously return.

30 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Follow a journey to adulthood

Attaining adult status in Hong Kong does not demand a death-defying feat such as catching a shark, leaping off a cliff or climbing a very tall tree. All you need to do here is simply collect a new ID card from the Immigration Department when you turn 18.

30 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Acting after the horse has bolted

Governments all over the world are notorious for their inability to move in front of the times and are usually slow into stride even when it comes to moving in response to change. The pace of change in Internet gambling has left political bodies everywhere struggling for pace, as we have seen with the slow progress of legislative changes in Hong Kong.

27 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Authority may take over registry control

The Vanuatu international ship registry soon may be brought under the recently formed Vanuatu Maritime Authority (VMA), according to an official.

Don Sheetz, executive vice-president of Vanuatu Maritime Services (VMSL) which manages the registry, said this might happen when the VMSL's 15-year contract expired in 2008.

6 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

US targets 15 countries over safety

THE United States has named 15 countries whose ships will be targeted for increased safety inspections when in US waters.

The list was developed at the direction of Congress.

16 May 1994 - 12:00am

Vanuatu gazettes register charges

VANUATU has gazetted the International Companies (Amendment) Act No 26 of 1993, which covers technical corrections to the International Companies Act gazetted in May 1993.

19 Jan 1994 - 12:00am

Politics not a port state control issue

THE Vanuatu Shipping Register is not aware of any Asian port using port state control for political purposes, says the registry chairman Thomas Bayer.

Mr Bayer said port state control could be misused if two countries had a political falling out, as the vessels of one country could be detained by another country as a result.

6 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Register in move to ban poor vessels

PORTS should ban the entry of sub-standard vessels from their berths as they are discrediting the shipping industry, says a ship registry representative.

Mr John Challen, deputy commissioner of maritime affairs, Hongkong for Vanuatu Maritime Services, said if such ships were banned, it would be reflected back on cargo consumers.

2 Jun 1993 - 12:00am

Vanuatu tour office opens

VANUATU will officially open a trade and tourism office in Hongkong today, the Vanuatu Government says.

The office is aimed at promoting Vanuatu trade and tourism in the Asia-Pacific region, and will be opened by two government ministers.

22 Feb 1993 - 12:00am