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Vanuatu's economy: is the glass half empty or half full?

CollectionsPacific Economic Bulletin (1991-2010)
Title: Vanuatu's economy: is the glass half empty or half full?
Author(s): Henckel, Timo
Publisher: Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
Asia Pacific Press
Vanuatu's economy paints a picture of contradictions: it has continued on the recent growth path with low inflation, government budget surpluses, and increased capital inflows. Yet successful management of the economy has not translated into a significant increase in per capita income levels. The country faces a host of structural problems that prevent growth rates from being even higher. These include high costs of doing business, political instability, high dependence on foreign aid, inadequate infrastructure investment, inefficient tariffs on international trade and, perhaps most importantly, insecure property and land rights. The reform process initiated by the current government promises to address some of these growth constraints but further bold reforms are necessary for living standards in Vanuatu to rise appreciably.
ISSN: 1834-9455 (online)
0817-8038 (print)


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