UNCTAD Consultant Sven Callebaut, National Consultant Fred Samuel, and Senior Officials from MTTCNVB

A week-long consultation on eTrade conducted by Sven Callebaut, from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and Fred Samuel, the local contractor.

eTrade is defined as “...the sale or purchase of goods or services, conducted over computer networks by methods specifically designed for the purpose of receiving or placing of orders”, was held at the Department of Trade and Industry Conference Room last week.

UNCTAD, with the support of the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), were here to do a readiness study for Vanuatu, looking at how ready and willing the country is to embrace eTrade. The week was run in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce, and Ni-Vanuatu Business, and consisted of a number of workshops and other consultations with key stakeholders. More information on the UNCTAD programme can be found at

Acting Director General MTTCNVB, George Borugu said, “eTrade is becoming ever more important in the global economy, and it is crucial for developing countries that they are not left behind. The work done by UNCTAD is an important first step, but there is still much work which needs to be done. I call upon all stakeholders to work together to help Vanuatu develop and grow. I would like to thank everyone who attended the workshops, and in particular to the EIF and UNCTAD for their support.”

If anyone would like to contribute to the surveys, they are still open, and can be found at:

Public sector:

Private sector:

The Trade Development Division would also like to inform the public that the first National Trade Development Meeting will be held at Melanesian Hotel on April 11, beginning at 8.30am.

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