Tentmaker Reports

Vanuatu Report

Entrepreneurial Missions Index


General Information


239,651 (165th most populous country in the world)

Roman Catholic13.1%
Seventh Day Adventist10.8%
Other Christian13.8%
Indigenous Beliefs5.6%
Local Languages72.6%


Food and fish freezing, wood processing, meat canning

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the World Factbook project 4, conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). For more detailed information about Vanuatu, visit https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/vu.html.

Business Information

The World Bank ranks Vanuatu as 75 out of 183 economies in terms of ease of doing business. The country ranks as 0 (of 183) in terms of ease of starting a business.

It requires 0 procedures, takes 0 days, and costs N/A% of income per capita to start a business in Vanuatu.

In order to start a business in Vanuatu, one must follow these procedures:

  1. Check the uniqueness of the company name
  2. Apply for the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC) for a permit to incorporate company
  3. File the memorandum with the Registrar
  4. Apply for a business license from the Ministry of Finance
  5. Registration with the VAT office
  6. Registration as an employer with the National Provident fund
  7. Enroll employees in the work accident insurance
  8. Make a company seal

Unless otherwise noted, all information included here was obtained from the Doing Business project 3, conducted by the World Bank. For more detailed information about starting a business in Vanuatu, visit http://www.doingbusiness.org/.


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Vanuatu Economic Freedom

The World Economic Forum (WEF) was founded in 1971 by Klaus Martin Schwab at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.  It is a non-profit foundation best known for its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, which brings together top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals and journalists to discuss both economic and social issues facing the world.  The WEF also serves as a think tank, and publishes a wide range of reports focusing on issues of concern and importance to Forum communities. In particular, Strategic Insight Teams focus on producing reports of relevance in the fields of competitiveness, global risks and scenario thinking.  The Global Competitiveness Report measures competitiveness of countries and economic competitiveness among a wide range of factors such as corruption, tax rates, work ethic, and many others.

Vanuatu Summary


1 World Economic Forum

2 Free the World
Gwartney, James and Robert Lawson with Herbert Grubel, Jakob de Haan, Jan-Egbert Sturm, and Eelco Zandberg (2009). Economic Freedom of the World: 2009 Annual Report. Vancouver, BC: The Fraser Institute. Data retrieved from www.freetheworld.com.

3 World Bank Data

4 World Factbook Project

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