Tuvalu Country Report
Tuvalu's meagre land resources constrain industrial development, although some opportunities for foreign direct investment exist, such as seafood processing and tourism. The government is actively promoting an AUD400-million land-reclamation initiative, which seeks to expand Tuvalu's land mass by more than 60%, although most foreign investors and donors – with the notable exception of China – remain sceptical. Foreign-investment proposals are considered on a case-by-case basis, and the government generally displays an accommodating attitude towards overseas firms. Transport to the country is limited, and internal transport costs are high because of the lack of infrastructural development. Industrial action has not been an issue in Tuvalu's recent history.
There is no known terrorist threat in Tuvalu.
Crime levels are low in Tuvalu, although foreigners face petty crime and theft risks. The country has a small police force of less than 100 personnel headquartered in Funafuti, which comprises the Maritime Surveillance, Immigration, Prison, and Customs units. Although Tuvalu lacks a formal sector of organisations exclusively providing security services, many people are employed to provide security throughout industries in the public sector. There is little evidence of financial crime in the country, and Tuvalu has never been cited as having strategic anti-money-laundering (AML) deficiencies by the Financial Action Task Force.
Tuvalu does not have a military and operates a single patrol boat provided by Australia. It faces no external threats.