Kanak Mothers in front of the MSG headquarters

A delegation of Kanak women from the North of New Caledonia is currently on a one-week visit to Port Vila, the capital city of Vanuatu. The group includes members of the congress of New Caledonia and former Minister of Sports, Valentine Eurisouké, who is also from this region of the French territory. The main purpose of their visit is to connect with their Ni-Vanuatu counterparts and women’s organisations in Vanuatu.

Eurisouké explained that the Kanak women are involved in the informal economy in New Caledonia and came to Vanuatu to learn more about the informal economic sector in the country, its structures and the experiences of women who work in it.

Yesterday, the Kanak women visited the office of Vanuatu Woman Affairs and the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat. At the MSG, the women were briefed on the role of the Melanesian organisation, particularly in the area of free trade exchange with member countries. One of the Kanak mothers mentioned that in New Caledonia, they cannot export because there is currently no local production.

“We are still dependent on imported production and even though we can produce locally, we have to produce for ourselves first before we can export,” she said.

During their one-week stay in Port Vila, the Kanak women will also visit the chocolate factory at Nambatu Lagoon and other sites of interest to learn more about Vanuatu. The visit aims to foster connections and understanding between the women of the two countries and to learn from each other’s experiences in the informal economy.