Vanuatu daily news digest | 30 December 2014

The World Bank has been asked for the 3.7 billion vatu needed for emergency funding for the repair of Bauerfield runway, purchasing of equipment needed and for the recruitment of an expert to assist in the preparation of a Vanuatu Airports Master Plan. An agreement has been signed and the tourism industry has congratulated the Government. (VBTC News)

Suspended Police Commissioner Caulton confirmed to Daily Post he is taking legal action against the Police Service Commission for unfair dismissal by the Head of State when his suspension had not even been dealt with.

Vanuatu will take the presidency of the Asia-Pacific-Caribbean Council of Ministers meeting from February to August. Foreign Minister Kilman learned this at the recent Brussels meeting of the ministers and welcomed the news, saying it will assist Vanuatu to push for kava and coconut exports. (VBTC)

The Dane who arrived illegally in the Torres from a ship from Vanikoro remains in the Torres near where he came ashore. (VBTC)

A technical team from PNG is coming to Vanuatu to arrange for two projects PNG wishes to establish – the Kumul Highway upgrading and a business centre in Port Vila for PNG businesses, Radio Vanuatu News reports today.

Daily Post today reports rising concern over the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) clearing of land on Tanna, for its island base from which to conduct road construction, as "worrying". Many crops were ruined. News sources were concerned at the way in which the project is being managed.

The last Vanuatu Daily News Digest reported the Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project for reconstruction of the Port Vila waterfront and seawall as expected to receive 315 million vatu from the EIF of the WTO. Another report puts this at VT 1.4 billion vatu. The correct amount will be notified Digest readers.

Civil servants will be paid tomorrow (31 December) rather than Friday 2 January, Radio Vanuatu reports, but stresses that Friday is not a public holiday, only New Year’s Day, Thursday.

Nappy New Year to Vanuatu Daily News Digest subscribers and readers.