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author(s) and do not necessarily refect the views o\ue001 the Executive Directors o\ue001 IFC
or the governments they represent.
IFC does not guarantee the accuracy o\ue001 the data included in this work. The
boundaries, colors, denominations, and other in\ue001ormation shown on any map in this
work do not imply any judgment on the part o\ue001 IFC concerning the legal status o\ue001
any territory or the endorsement or acceptance o\ue001 such boundaries.
This series of six Gender and Investment Climate Reform Assessments for
Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, and
Vanuatu are the result of collaboration between the Australian Agency
for International Development (AusAID) and the International Finance
Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.
especially the Ministries \ue001ocused on private sector development, to make recommendations \ue001or
re\ue001orm actions \ue001or government to \ue001urther enable women in their countries to participate e\ue001\ue001ectively
in economic development.
Simpli\ue000cation and Investment Policy and Promotion Promotion (in Papua New Guinea, Solomon
Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu), and the Timor-Leste Public Private Dialogue and Business Registration
projects, and to ensure that gender issues are incorporated in each project\u2019s design and
Research \ue001or the report was primarily carried out during two missions to the Paci\ue000c Region in
February (Timor-Leste, Tonga, and Samoa) and March 2009 (Papua New Guinea and Solomon
Islands). The project was led by Sonali Hedditch (IFC) and other team members were Mark Blackden
(IFC consultant), Tamara Haig (AusAID consultant), Fiona MacCulloch (The Law & Development
Partnership), Clare Manuel (The Law & Development Partnership), and Vijaya Nagarajan (AusAID
consultant). Support was provided by locally-based experts William Boas (economist) and Florence
Willie (lawyer) in Papua New Guinea; Margaret Malua (economist) and Fiona Ely (lawyer) in Samoa;
John Zuma (lawyer) and Ishmael Ware (economist) in Solomon Islands; Rui Gomez (economist)
and Tiago Sarmento (lawyer) in Timor-Leste; and Meleseini Faletau Lomu (economist) and Dana
Stephenson (lawyer) in Tonga.
An earlier mission to Vanuatu was conducted in April 2008 by Kristie Drucza (AusAID), Amanda Ellis (World Bank), Sonali Hedditch (IFC), Anna Hutchens (AusAID consultant), Clare Manuel (The Law & Development Partnership) and Vijaya Nagarajan (AusAID consultant), which led to the publication
Use\ue001ul preparatory research was undertaken by Kristie Drucza (AusAID) and Anna Hutchens (AusAID
consultant) in Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Timor-Leste in August\u2013October 2008; by Chakriya
Bowman (AusAID), Anna Hutchens (AusAID consultant) and Sonali Hedditch (IFC) in Solomon Islands
in April/May 2008; by Joze\ue000na Cutura (World Bank consultant) and Christine Van Hoo\ue001t (AusAID) in
Tonga in February 2008; and by Joze\ue000na Cutura (World Bank consultant) and Kristie Drucza (AusAID)
in Vanuatu in March 2008.
The mission team received valuable guidance \ue001rom AusAID and IFC sta\ue001\ue001 \ue001rom headquarters and in-
country. In Washington DC, Zouera Youssou\ue001ou and Sevi Simavi o\ue001 IFC\u2019s Women in Business Program
provided guidance on using \u2018Gender Dimensions o\ue001 Investment Climate Re\ue001orm: A Guide \ue001or Policy
Makers and Practitioners\u2019 (also known as Gender and Investment Climate Practitioners\u2019 Guide) \ue001or the
research methodology and recommendations; in Canberra, Cindy Wiryakusuma provided logistical
support; in Papua New Guinea, Anna Manega provided logistical support; in Samoa Keirsten Pedersen
(IFC consultant) provided logistical support; in Solomon Islands \ue001rom Aileen Croghan, First Secretary,
AusAID; in Timor-Leste \ue001rom IFC\u2019s County Coordinator Rainer Venghaus and IFC consultants Milissa
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