17 Jun 2015

Call for Vanuatu to diversify economy

10:08 pm on 17 June 2015

An academic says Vanuatu needs to diversify its tourism-dependent economy in order to make it more inclusive.

Vanuatu resumes cruise ship tourism

Vanuatu resumes cruise ship tourism Photo: AFP

The founder of Devpacific Thinknet, Tess Newton Cain says while the industry contributes to 64 percent of GDP, most of this development is centred on the capital Port Vila.

Ms Newton Cain says events like the recent Cyclone Pam highlight the geographic and economic isolation of rural communities within Vanuatu's economy.

"There is an opportunity while these other things are going on to think about how can we factor in future developments to what happens now. There may well be opportunity to think about how the reconstruction activity can promote economic recovery activity."

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