10th Heads of Mission Meeting – Leveraging The National Foreign Policy for Opportunities to Build the Economic Corridor

From April 8th, 2024 to April 12th, 2024, the 10th Heads of Mission Meeting was held, organized by the Deputy Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, and External Trade, Mr. Matai Seremaiah Nawalu, in Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Republic of Vanuatu. The event was attended by High Commissioners, Ambassadors, and Consuls General based in IMO; New York (USA); Geneva (Switzerland); Sydney, Canberra (Australia); Brussels (Belgium); Auckland, Wellington (New Zealand); Suva (Fiji); Noumea (New Caledonia); Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam); Manila (Philippines); Dubai (UAE); as well as Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai (China) to report on the activities of Vanuatu’s diplomatic missions in their respective countries.

Deputy Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Minister of Foreign Affairs with High Commissioners, Ambassadors, and Consuls General. Photo: & Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation & External Trade

Consul General Tran Nam Trung, Vanuatu Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City reports activities in the past year 2023. Photo: Donald Pelam

Additionally, on the final day of the conference, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vanuatu presented the outcomes to the Prime Minister, diplomats, and relevant officials. He also outlined strategies and future economic development directions for Vanuatu through diplomatic promotion policies.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs summarizes the results and states development policies. Photo: Donald Pelam

The final day of the Meeting. Photo: Donald Pelam

The conference also marked the official launch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. Although still in its developmental phase, the website www.mfaicet.gov.vu is ready to serve as the official information portal conveying necessary content to the public.

The conference provided an opportunity for Vanuatu’s diplomatic representatives from various countries to present challenges, seek ideas, strengthen arguments, and consequently formulate strategies aligning with Vanuatu’s foreign policy and economic development in the upcoming period.