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 »


Vanuatu building resilience in rural economy; reconciliation a common theme for communities

Planting crops in Tanoliu, Efate. Photo: UN

Vanuatu and partners developing the ‘productive sector’: Planting crops in Tanoliu, Efate. Photo: UN

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European Union and New Zealand give Vt2.5B assistance for agriculture and cyclone recovery

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully, PM Salwai and EU Commissioner for International Co-operation and Development Neven Mimica signing the joint declaration on sustainable agriculture yesterday. Photo: @EUPasifika/Twitter

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully, PM Salwai and EU Commissioner for International Co-operation and Development Neven Mimica signing the joint declaration on sustainable agriculture yesterday. Photo: @EUPasifika/Twitter

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Canoe Festival for Luganville; Cyclone Pam recovery, climate change on EU/NZ agenda

Sailing canoes on Havannah Harbour, 1891. Photo: JW Lindt

Self-sufficient: Sailing canoes on Havannah Harbour, 1891. Photo: JW Lindt

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Rice growing trials prove successful; Public servants get training in auditing for greater accountability

Rice field. Photo: Quentar/Wikimedia Commons

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Vanuatu’s information technology sector on display at ICT Days; VBTC to tax imported TVs and radios to raise revenue

Vanuatu ICT Days

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Vanuatu daily news digest | 4 February 2013

An investigative report in last weekend’s Independent newspaper alleges renegade mega-yacht claimant Pascal Anh Quan Saken gave USD200,000 to PM Sato Kilman for his 2012 election campaign. Prime Ministerial spokesmen have repeatedly denied this, but the Independent’s “close source from Government” said Saken was “trapped” by Vanuatu politicians, and the Vanuatu Government was implicated at the highest level in Anh Quan’s forged documentation and diplomatic passports.

The weekend’s Vanuatu Times says former Epi MP Ioane Simon is confident of a by-election on Epi because Robert Bohn Jr. has not been adopted by an Epi family, as is required by the Representation of the People Act. Ioane Simon is expecting judgement this week.

Vanuatu Times also has Vanuatu’s Ambassador to the European Union, Roy Mickey Joy, claiming that he was just doing his diplomatic duty for a fellow citizen in requesting passage for Vu Anh Quan Saken to Port Moresby, PNG, as Anh Quan had “legitimate and validated documentation.” There is no reference to Anh Quan’s use of allegedly forged papers in other matters such as the Phocea yacht registration. He makes no mention of the tremendous engineering help Saken claims to have provided for the Brussels-based embassy.