European Development Fund 11’s Vanuatu Value Chain Programme Update

The two implementing Ministries of the European Development Fund 11’s Vanuatu Value Chain Programme (EDF 11), the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity (MALFFB), and the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business (MTTCNVB), and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), wish to give the following update concerning EDF 11.

Finance facility

The EDF 11 programme originally included the creation of a 10 million euro finance facility. This facility would provide affordable access to finance (e.g. loans) to the private sector, particularly for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) trying to develop business in the three EDF 11 value chains (fruit and vegetables, coconuts, and cattle).

The facility would also build the capacity of MSMEs in areas such as financial literacy and business development. However the two parties responsible for the funding and creation of the finance facility, the European Union (EU) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) were unable to reach a final agreement over the nature of the finance facility. Therefore the future status of the finance facility is uncertain. Stakeholders will be notified of any major updates concerning this situation.

Project and funding eligibility

Up to 20 million euros will be available for projects which improve the three EDF 11 value chains, with funding expected to be available from late 2018 to 2023 (5 years). Private and third-sector organisations will not be able to apply for or receive any EDF 11 funds directly.

Projects will be proposed, led and implemented by public-sector bodies, with private and third-sector stakeholders being engaged where necessary (e.g. in a procurement or partnership capacity).

The private sector is the main intended beneficiary of the EDF 11 funding, and the Government is committed to working with the private sector to develop projects which will maximise the benefits to the private sector and to Vanuatu. More detailed guidelines around project and funding eligibility are being developed and will be released in the future.

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