Howard Aru,  CEO, Vanuatu Foreign Investment Promotion Agency

Howard Aru, CEO, Vanuatu Foreign Investment Promotion Agency

Mr Howard Aru graduated with a BA in Management/Geography from the University of the South Pacific (USP, 1990), and dual Masters Degrees in Public Policy and Diplomacy from the Australian National University (ANU, 2012).

He started off his career in the mid-1990s as Senior Investment Officer within the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce (DITC). In 1998 he was tasked to establish Vanuatu’s first ever investment promotion agency (IPA) – known today as VFIPA (Vanuatu Foreign Investment Promotion Agency), as part of the CRP, and was appointed the agency’s founding CEO. He resigned in late 2006 to serve as Director of the Sub-Regional Office of the EU/ACP Centre for the Development of Enterprises (CDE) covering the two regions of Melanesia and Micronesia. He spent 6 years in the role..

Mr Aru has served as Director General (DG) of two key Government Ministries – Health (MOH) and Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity (MALFFB). He currently serves as CEO of VFIPA having re-joined the agency in June 2020. During his term as DG MALFFB Mr Aru was appointed deputy Chair of the National ICT Development Committee. .

He set up the ICT Unit of MALFFB to promote ICT for Agriculture. Mr Aru is very mindful and passionate about the crucial role of ICT in the growing digital economy we must now promote under the difficult economic conditions imposed by Covid-19.


10 April 2024


16th May

This Year's Theme

Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development

Building a sustainable future demands innovative thinking and action, especially in the digital world.


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