Vanuatu National Payment System Infrastructure

About the Project

People in Vanuatu are set to benefit from a new national digital payment platform, part of an ongoing transformation of the nation’s financial infrastructure to build a modern, resilient financial system, which can support the digital economy and drive inclusive economic development.

Launched in September 2023 by the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu, the VANKLIA system is expected to increase access to banking and financial services and encourage more people to open a bank account.

The VANKLIA system has two main components: a Real-Time Gross Settlement component which carries out high value and high priority payments and settlement in real time; and an Automated Clearing House component which facilitates the clearing of low value, high volume electronic fund transfers for batch payments such as salary payments and instant fund transfers for retail payments.

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Start and End Date


Geographical Focus


Main Beneficiary

Government and Private Sector



Budget ($)


Implementing Agency


Contact Person

Andrea Ibba
Pacific E-commerce Coordinator

Policy Area

PA5. Electronic Payment Solutions

Strategic Output

5.2. Business-friendly digital payment solutions spearheaded by commercial banks and Mobile Network Operators are integrated in E-commerce ecosystem.


5.2.1 Improve interoperability between payment service providers at national level (e.g. between banks, between MNOs or between banks and MNOs) through payment system infrastructure and legal reforms

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