President Lonsdale pays tribute to stabilising role of nation’s chiefs

President Baldwin Lonsdale. Photo: supplied

File picture of President Baldwin Lonsdale. Photo: Supplied

President Baldwin Lonsdale paid a tribute to the chiefs of Vanuatu concerning the way in which chiefs live together with their people enabling peace and unity to prevail. This ensures stability of the nation, he said. The Head of State was visiting villages on Malekula, but unable to visit south-eastern and southern communities as he had wished, owing to bad weather. He was impressed that a number of chiefs Read the rest of this entry »


Australia gives Vt 275 million to Govt for post-Cyclone Pam rebuilding

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Johnny Koanapo and Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu Jeremy Bruer sign the new agreement to rebuild public buildings damaged by Cyclone Pam. Photo: Supplied

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Johnny Koanapo and Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu Jeremy Bruer sign the new agreement to rebuild public buildings damaged by Cyclone Pam. Photo: Supplied

Australia has provided additional finance of $A3.5 million (Vt 275 million) for assistance to Vanuatu for recovery towards growth following Cyclone Pam. Australian High Commissioner Jeremy Bruer and Parliamentary Secretary MP Johnny Koanapo yesterday signed an agreement for the repair of 31 public buildings in Read the rest of this entry »


Vt 21 million missing from EU-funded energy project on Ambae

European Union flag. Photo: Håkan Dahlström/Flickr Creative Commons

Daily Post‘s page 1 headline today: “Investigation Demanded… Ambae EU aid project scandal gets attention of Euro-MPs”. Vt 21 million of the funds for the the EU-ACP Copra Oil Energy Generation Project on Ambae have allegedly been embezzled or mis-spent. Read the rest of this entry »


Melanesian solidarity scores big win with Vanuatu-Solomon Islands border treaty

PM Salwai and Solomon Islands PM Sogavare at the maritime boundary treaty ceremony in Mota Lava last week. Photo: Solomon Islands Govt

PM Salwai and Solomon Islands PM Sogavare at the maritime boundary treaty ceremony in Mota Lava last week. Photo: Solomon Islands Govt

The efforts to create a Melanesian style border treaty with Solomon Islands are described as historic. “Melanesian solidarity” is certainly visible. Head of State Baldwin Lonsdale was at Motalava for the event and for a Temotu–Torba cultural festival heralding the much greater exchange of goods and ideas expected between the two provinces. Prime Ministers Sogavare and Salwai each led delegations to a natangura faréa where the border document was signed. Solomon Islands PM Sogavare will be assisting Vanuatu with border questions for Vanuatu relative to Fiji and New Caledonia. The ceremony took place with background music of the bamboo bands so common in both Banks and Temotu cultures. Solomon Islanders from the Santa Cruz Group have for a long time sought to come to Vanuatu to work in Luganville where the wages were always greater than in Honiara and the distance needing to be travelled to home shorter. However, it is not yet known if immigration procedures are going to be changed with the new border treaty. (Daily Post) Read the rest of this entry »


New border treaty signed with Solomon Islands; PM thanks NZ for post-Cyclone Pam assistance

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President Baldwin Lonsdale, Vanuatu PM Charlot Salwai and Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare are travelling to the Banks Islands today to sign the historical new border treaty with Solomon Islands. The leaders will participate in a cultural festival at Motalava until late today, and Vetande Island is being declared a cultural marine park. Negotiations between the two countries for a border agreement began in 1983 and are being completed according to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. It is the first such agreement for Vanuatu and similar future boundary decisions are Read the rest of this entry »


PM wants reviews of funds pledged for Cyclone Pam relief, overseas missions

File picture of PM Charlot Salwai at the UN. Photo: UN Photo

File picture of PM Charlot Salwai at the UN. Photo: UN Photo

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Bauerfield upgrade costs now double; Govt to begin repaying Cyclone Pam repair loans

Finally under way – the contractors' truck on the tarmac at Bauerfield earlier this week

Bauerfield International Airport – additional repairs complete by early October, major redevelopment works due in 2017

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