Hon Ralph Regenvanu

Hon Ralph Regenvanu


Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation & External Trade, Vanuatu


Mr. Ralph Regenvanu is currently serving his third term as the Member of Parliament for Port Vila, and is currently Vanuatu's Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade.

Ralph has a background in cultural heritage management with a focus on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage and customary land tenure systems, and served as Director of the National Museum of Vanuatu from 1995 until 2006 and in this time was a founding Board member of the Pacific Islands Museums Association (PIMA).

In 2013, as Minister of Land and Natural Resources, he initiated a major overhaul of the land laws of Vanuatu aimed at enshrining the jurisdiction of customary law to determine rights to customary land and the ‘free, prior and informed consent’ of traditional owners to dealings in their customary land.

From 2013 also, Ralph was Co-chair of the National Sustainable Development Plan Core Group which was responsible for developing Vanuatu’s ‘National Sustainable Development Plan 2016-2030’ which was launched in early 2017