Giving our children sustainable futures through multilingual education: Vanuatu’s UN Ambassador speaks on International Mother Languages Day

Odo Tevi, Vanuatu's Ambassador to the United Nations

Odo Tevi, Vanuatu’s Ambassador to the United Nations

Speech by Odo Tevi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Vanuatu to the United Nations, New York, in Commemoration of the International Mother Language Day, 21st February 2017

I have the honour to provide remarks this evening on the important theme: “Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education”. This topic is timely given that we are celebrating the ‘International Mother Language Day’ today.

This is also important as we are embarking on Read the rest of this entry »


Bauerfield international airport: new terminal or just facelift?

Port Vila International Airport. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Torbenbrinker

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Salwai Govt celebrates first year in office

File photo PM Salwai at an anti-corruption protest in Port Vila last year. Photo: TIV

File photo PM Salwai at an anti-corruption protest in Port Vila last year. Photo: TIV

The Salwai Government is today celebrating one year in office with a Read the rest of this entry »


New Australian High Commissioner welcomed to Vanuatu by Head of State

Australia's new High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Jenny Da Rin. File photo: GPE/Creative Commons

Australia’s new High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Jenny Da Rin. File photo: GPE/Creative Commons

Good wishes being expressed for new Australian High Commissioner, Jenny Da Rin, whom I was privileged to meet informally earlier this week, ahead of Australia Day tomorrow. The new head of mission for our largest development partner has presented her credentials to President Lonsdale and has spoken of the excellence of the relations between the two countries. More recently she has had talks with Acting PM Joe Natuman, Radio Vanuatu News told us today.

Daily Post details breaches of the Leadership Code by the former Education Minister Bob Loughman. Loughman is alleged to have instructed the Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu media milestone reached as newspaper publishes its 5,000th issue

Detail of the cover of Vanuatu Daily Post, celebrating its 5,000th issue today

Detail of the cover of today’s Vanuatu Daily Post, celebrating its 5,000th issue today

Congratulations Daily Post. The 5,000th issue of the paper really is something to brag about and at Daily Post they’re fairly good at doing that. But the quality and quantity of the reporting is something which not even the national broadcaster can rival. Well done! They have defended media freedom and merit a great deal of praise for that alone. Keep up the good work.

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai is in Brussels with a team of officials including the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Finance for discussions with Read the rest of this entry »


New Year’s messages call on people of Vanuatu to play active role in nation’s prosperity

In his New Year message, President Baldwin Lonsdale has spoken of the God-given challenges Vanuatu faces at this time. He feels that the fresh elections last year were necessary to bring Vanuatu a new, more youthful and better educated leadership. They were needed to ensure the economic prosperity not possible because of the political instability of previous years. (Radio Vanuatu)

For his New Year address to the people of the Republic, Prime Minister Charlot Salwai concentrated on the new blueprint the country had been offered for a sustainable prosperity with his Government’s adoption of Read the rest of this entry »


Australia announces new High Commissioner to Vanuatu

Australia's newly-appointed Head of Mission in Vanuatu, Jenny Da Rin. Photo: GPE/Creative Commons

Australia’s newly-appointed High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Jenny Da Rin. Photo: GPE/Creative Commons

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced the appointment of Ms Jenny Da Rin as the new Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu.

As a former Assistant Director General of the Australia Government’s now defunct international development agency, AusAID, the development challenges Vanuatu faces will be familiar territory for Ms Da Rin. AusAID was merged with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2013.

Ms. Da Rin will be responsible for managing Australia’s bilateral relationship with Vanuatu, which is substantial. Australia provides more than 50% of tourists to Vanuatu, and in 2015, Australian businesses invested Vt8.9 billion in the country. Australia is also Vanuatu’s largest bilateral donor, contributing Vt4.85 billion in development assistance during the last financial year. Australia also gave just under Vt4 billion in recovery assistance after Cyclone Pam devastated the country in 2015.

Ms Da Rin replaces the outgoing High Commissioner Jeremy Bruer, and will be taking up her post as head of mission in Port Vila in January 2017.