Vanuatu Govt backs down on PACER Plus, agrees to sign—with conditions

An aerial view of the newly launched VIla seafront beautifications. Photo: @EIF4LDCs/Twitter

An aerial view of the newly launched VIla seafront beautifications. Photo: @EIF4LDCs/Twitter

Vanuatu will be signing the PACER Plus Agreement with Australia and New Zealand at the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Apia this week. The Council of Ministers changed their minds on 30 August. The reversal comes with conditions: one is Read the rest of this entry »

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New Chinese-built Prime Minister’s Office handed over to Vanuatu Govt

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and Chinese Ambassador Liu Quan at the opening of the new Prime Minister's Office complex yesterday. Photo: CullwickJ/Twitter

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and Chinese Ambassador Liu Quan at the opening of the new Prime Minister’s Office complex yesterday. Photo: CullwickJ/Twitter

The new Prime Minister’s Office was officially opened Read the rest of this entry »


Port Vila’s sanitation gets big upgrade courtesy of Vanuatu and Australian Governments and ADB

The launch of the new sewage processing facility at Bouffa, Efate, yesterday. Photo: AHC

The new sewage treatment facility, part of the Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) was officially opened at Bouffa, Efate, yesterday. Photo: Australian High Commission

A pioneering sewage treatment facility was officially opened yesterday by the Minister of Infrastructure Jotham Napat and Australian High Commissioner Jenny Da Rin, together with the acting Port Vila Mayor and Director of the Asian Development Bank Emma Veve. Funded by the governments of Vanuatu and Australia along with a Vt 516 million Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu’s national broadcaster has six months to reform—or perish

The state-owned broadcaster of Radio Vanuatu and TV Blong Vanuatu has spent unwisely and standards have been steadily dropping for decades. It’s just as well the Government has Read the rest of this entry »


Pacific Week of Agriculture 2017 announces theme in preparation for October’s premier event

Pacific Week of Agriculture 2017 logo

The Pacific Week of Agriculture was officially launched yesterday with presentation of the event’s overarching theme and its branding. Agriculture Minister Matai Seremiah congratulated the organising committee for coming up with the theme of CROPS – standing for Culture, Resilience, Opportunities, Products and Sustainability.

The Minister said, “Government believes the theme fits in well with much of what Pacific countries are trying to achieve in the agriculture sector through their national agendas, and for Vanuatu, with the People’s Plan 2030. When it comes to tourism we have to talk about products. What kind of products do we want to produce to meet tourist demand?”

The first-ever Pacific Week of Agriculture PWA opens 16 October here in Port Vila and will become an annual event for the region’s farmers and agritourism businesses.

The event is being hosted by the Vanuatu Government, with support from the Pacific Community (SPC), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in the Netherlands.


Govt committed to establishing several big infrastructure projects on Santo

Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Infrastructure and Public Utilities Minister Jotham Napat said the Salwai Government recognizes the potential of Santo to advance the economy, and now the wharf development is complete, work will begin on Luganville’s Pakoa International Airport to enable larger aircraft to be able to land. Town road improvements are Read the rest of this entry »


Longest wharf in south Pacific opens in Luganville—6 months ahead of schedule

A file image of a cruise ship docked at the new Luganville wharf. Photo: Carnival Cruises

A file image of a cruise ship docked at the new Luganville wharf. Photo: Carnival Cruises

The new 360 metre Luganville Wharf was officially handed over by the Chinese Ambassador on Saturday. Government and provincial leaders were on hand to receive the important addition to Vanuatu’s infrastructure. The wharf was financed by a Chinese EXIM Bank loan of Vt 9 billion. Passenger facilities for tourist arrivals form part of the project and the wharf can receive two Read the rest of this entry »