Corrupt immigration officers scamming incoming business travellers

Immigration Officers are illegally charging a Vt 10,000 fee for passengers arriving in Vanuatu for business purposes, it has been alleged in Daily Post. A regular business traveller from New Zealand was charged this illegal fee. In response, Principal Immigration Officer François Batick asks for proof of any payments and for the people concerned to come to his office and identify any officer involved. Batick confirmed the practice is illegal.

Caretaker Prime Minister Sato Kilman is to represent Vanuatu at the United Nations General Assembly in New York at the end of the month, announces Radio Vanuatu News. He will travel with Foreign Minister Alfred Carlot.

Vanuatu kava is welcome in China, says the Ministry of Trade in what is clearly an election ploy. Trade Minister Ham Lini assures us that the Government is working on the matter now, Radio Vanuatu reports. He has undertaken an official visit to China’s Jiangsu province. In Nanjing, he visited an institute with a keen interest in kava. He was involved in discussions with Chinese experts on kava.

Meantime, 402 tonnes of copra have been loaded for export to the Philippines from Litzlitz wharf on Malakula. Vanuatu Copra and Cocoa Exporters Ltd (VCCE) arranged the shipment. The company says that if shipping to Litzlitz can be arranged from remote villages, the company can export 1,000 to 1,500 tonnes a month.

Over one hundred students in Fiji are seeking voter registration to participate in the national elections next month, according to Radio Vanuatu. They will be able to vote by proxy the electoral office replies. Unfortunately they have left it too late — voter registration is now closed.



One Comment on “Corrupt immigration officers scamming incoming business travellers”

  1. Rick says:

    Students who may now be seeking to register are the ones who had left it too late, as others who were genuinely intending to register did so in June, well before the deadline!

    Others who have been registered are now looking to apply to vote by proxy, applications having opened on 3rd September, 2012.