Questions raised about savings and loan scheme promising 50% interest rate

Reserve Bank of Vanuatu building, Port Vila. Photo: © Vanuatu Digest

Vanuatu’s financial regulator (the Reserve Bank) may finally be looking into the affairs of Read the rest of this entry »

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Visa-free travel between Vanuatu and South Korea a boost for tourism

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The Vanuatu and South Korea governments are planning a simplified, visa-free entry procedure for visitors from one country to the other. The Prime Minister and Speaker of Parliament have been in the Philippines for the meeting that marks 50 years of ASEAN, which has been widely covered by world media.

Reserve Bank Governor Simeon Athy has drawn attention to the importance of the new Read the rest of this entry »


PM announces free primary and secondary education – again

First grade students during class at Norsup Primary School. Photo: Connor Ashleigh/Australian Aid

First grade students during class at Norsup Primary School. Photo: Connor Ashleigh/Australian Aid

Happy Vanuatu Children’s Day. Children are appropriately singled out today with the announcement that the entire government is behind the Free Secondary Education Scheme. This will start from Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu committed to meeting climate change commitments, President tells visiting Parliamentarians

President Moses has registered his strong commitment and that of the Government of Vanuatu to the ACP and EU to carry out the work required to fulfill the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He gave the promise at the ACP/EU meeting that has been taking place this week in Port Vila. A large contingent of visitors has been in the capital for the 14th regional meeting of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific/European Union (ACP/EU) Parliamentary Assembly. A total of 66 delegates are attending, including the Co-President of the ACP, Ibrahim Rassin Bundu, and acting Co-President of the EU, Cecil Kashetu Kyenge. Sites visited included the Wind Farm project funded by the European Investment Bank and the Roi Mata Compound at Mangaliliu in the World Heritage area. The ACP Group’s main objectives are sustainable development and poverty reduction within the member states, as well as greater integration into the world’s economy.

Vanuatu is the first Pacific Island country to Read the rest of this entry »


Donna now Category 5 cyclone; wind gusts up to 300km/h

Severe Tropical Cyclone Donna has been upgraded to a Category 5 system. Currently, it is about offshore, 295km off Malakula, and 370km west of Efate. Its offshore trajectory means that Vanuatu’s islands will be spared the full force of the most destructive winds, which are gusting at 300km/h. However, Vanuatu Meteo is taking no chances and is warning of destructive winds up to 160km/h tonight in Sanma, Malampa and Shefa provinces. Heavy rainfall, flooding and storm surges are also likely.

No loss of life or major damage to homes or infrastructure have been reported by Read the rest of this entry »


Vohor and Kalsakau to be released on parole tomorrow

Eligible for parole: Serge Vohor, left, and Steven Kalsakau (right). Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Graham Crumb (Vohor), supplied

Former PM Serge Vohor and former minister Steven Kalsakau will be released from prison on parole tomorrow. Eleven other former politicians are also eligible for release, several from the corrupt former government incarcerated after charges of guilt in a huge bribery case. The former Prime Minister Moana Carcasses cannot be considered for good behaviour release until at least October. Under the Leadership Code Act, their criminal convictions mean they will not be able to stand again for political office until 2025. Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu opens new Hong Kong consulate to strengthen commercial, diplomatic ties

Vanuatu's new Hong Kong consulate is intended to help build commercial ties between Vanuatu and Hong Kong

Vanuatu’s new Hong Kong consulate is intended to help build commercial ties between Vanuatu and Hong Kong. Photo: supplied

Vanuatu consulate opens in Hong Kong. PM Salwai was in Hong Kong for the event, together with Foreign Minister Leingkon and Vanuatu’s new Consul General, Andrew Leong. The three Vanuatu personalities jointly cut the ribbon for the opening of the consulate.

The Vanuatu Permanent Residence Programme was launched in Hong Kong in 2011, and Minister Leingkon said the success of the program is Read the rest of this entry »