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Vanuatu, officially the Republic of Vanuatu, is an island country in Melanesia, located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is 1,750 km east of northern Australia, 540 km northeast of New Caledonia, east of New Guinea, southeast of Solomon Islands, and west of Fiji.


Our standard dataset contains 205 entities connected with Vanuatu. This may include sanctioned entities, politically-exposed persons (PEPs), and their close associates, or entities involved in criminal activity.

Data sources

We are currently not including any data published by authorities or organizations based in Vanuatu. See our global list of data sources and our criteria for selecting datasets.

Politically-exposed persons (PEPs)

Our database contains 132 entities identified as PEPs connected with Vanuatu.

National government positions

Number of known occupants
Head of state or governmentCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Deputy Prime Minister13-
Prime Minister1--
National executive branchesCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries, & Biosecurity1--
Minister for Climate Change Adaptation & Meteorology1--
Minister for Finance & Economic Management1--
Minister for Foreign Affairs1--
Minister for Health1--
Minister for Internal Affairs11-
Minister for Justice & Community Services1--
Minister for Lands & Natural Resources1--
Minister for Tourism, Trade, Commerce, & Ni-Vanuatu Business1--
Minister for Youth Development & Sports1--
Minister of Education and Training12-
Minister of Infrastructure and Public Utilities11-
National legislative branchCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Member of Parliament-5537
Central banking and financial integrityCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Governor of the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu--1
Governor, Reserve Bank of Vanuatu1--
Diplomatic rolesCurrentEndedStatus unclear
ambassador of France to Vanuatu-52
Ambassador to the US1--
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York1--

Subnational government positions

No positions for this category

Other positions

Number of known occupants
PositionCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Member of the Parliament of Vanuatu-217
President of Vanuatu-84
Prime Minister of Vanuatu-8-
Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade-2-
Minister of Justice and Social Welfare-1-
Minister of Planning and Climate Change Adaptation-1-
Minister of Tourism, Commerce, Trades and Ni Vanuatu Business-1-

What do these numbers mean?

We keep track both if political positions and the individuals who occupy those positions over time. Of course, a person can hold a position for multiple terms, and multiple people can occupy the same position at the same time (e.g. members of parliament).

If a person previously held a position, and currently holds the same position, they are only counted once and recorded under Current. If it is unclear from the source whether they have left the position, they will be counted under Unclear.

How can status be unclear?

Some of the data sources we rely on indicate both past and present holders of political offices. In those cases, a lack of a precise end date for a person's occupancy of a position can mean that we don't know whether they currently hold the position or not. Read more...