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APIBC EVENTS: February 28th, 2017

5th Australia Vanuatu Business Forum

February 28th, 2017 , 8:30am - 5:30pm

This business and trade event took place on 28th February in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Bringing together business and Government from Australia, Vanuatu and the Pacific. 


27 February
Opening dinner

28 February
Business Forum & Trade Expo

1 March
Morning Site Visit + Airport Drop

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This forum is a great opportunity to get up to date information on investment, trade, business opportunities and current events in Vanuatu. This year, for the first time, this forum will be held in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The Major Sponsor for this event is the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority (VIPA).

Vanuatu is an archipelagic nation of about 80 islands some 2000 kilometres to the northeast of Brisbane at similar latitude to Cairns in North Queensland. The population of Vanuatu is approximately 200,000. Port Vila, on the island of Efate, is the capital.

Vanuatu's economy is driven largely by tourism and construction.  Business has rebounded from the effects of Cyclone Pam on 13 March 2015.  There are opportunities for Australian business to participate through investment and trading in tourism and tourism-related services sectors (wholesale and retail trade, hotels and restaurants, and transport and communication) and in agriculture.  There are potential opportunities in donor funded infrastructure development.  A privately developed fibre-optic cable is now operational and the associated industry zone is creating new opportunities in the IT and related sectors.

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Australia and Vanuatu's bilateral relationship at a glance (DFAT)

Vanuatu Country Overview (PSDI)



9th February, 2017 - Speakers & Program confirmed for Port Vila's first Australia Vanuatu Business Forum and Trade Expo

16th January, 2017 - APIBC's 5th Australia Vanuatu Business Forum takes place in Port Vila, Vanuatu for the first time this Feb.

9th November, 2016Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority (VIPA) sign on as Major sponsor for 5th Australia Vanuatu Business Forum with $2 Million Vatu Grant.


hosted at

Holiday Inn Resort

Port Vila, Vanuatu


February 28th, 2017

8:30am - 5:30pm