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 »

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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 »


CCECC says gravel is destined for African projects: Biosecurity Vanuatu wants it gone by weekend

aggregate Vanuatu

The China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) has responded to a story run in Daily Post this week concerning the possibility of foot-and-mouth disease being brought into the country on the aggregate material CCECC planned to use for the Bauerfield runway extensions. The company claims there are no sinister motives behind their decision to Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu will not permit other nations to conduct extralegal police operations on its soil, says Govt

77 alleged members of a Chinese crime syndicate were rounded up by Chinese police and flown from Nadi to China last week. Photo: CCTV

77 alleged members of a Chinese crime syndicate were rounded up by Chinese police and flown from Fiji to China last week. Photo: CCTV

Some 77 alleged members of a Chinese online fraud syndicate were detained and flown out of Fiji this week on a plane full of Chinese police. Fiji has no extradition treaty with China, meaning Fiji allowed the police force of another nation to operate on its soil outside of the checks and balances provided for by Fijian law. This is of concern for Fiji’s neighbours, including Vanuatu, because it indicates that China is willing to bypass the sovereign legal systems of our nations and conduct security operations on our soil whenever it suits them.

The Acting DG of Foreign Affairs has told the media it could not happen Read the rest of this entry »


ADB provides additional funds to repair roads affected by Cyclone Pam

Road damage on Efate following Cyclone Pam. Photo: ADB/file

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors is providing Vt 840 million (US$8.2M) in total additional financing to continue the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and climate-proofing of roads affected by Cyclone Pam.

The additional funding consists of a Vt 420 million loan and a Vt 420M grant from ADB’s Ordinary Capital Resources and the Asian Development Fund, respectively. The Government of Vanuatu is also contributing Vt 124 million to the project.

“Climate change adaptation remains a main feature of ADB’s support in the Pacific region involving building strong and building back better,” said Emma Fan, Regional Director of ADB’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney. “The extra funding will help the government upgrade and strengthen the resilience of targeted infrastructure under the project.”

The additional financing will provide further support to Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu mulls import ban on plastic bags and bottles

Vanuatu PM Salwai says Govt is looking at implementing a plastic ban – please show your support by signing this petition!

PM Salwai says Govt is looking at implementing a ban – please show your support by signing this petition!

Almost all of us, whether urban or rural, knows Port Vila to be considered a place of great beauty, praised by visitors from overseas and locals alike. And it is being made more and more attractive all the time with the Seafront development and Fatumaru Bay project, which will bring the tourists in. There is really good news ahead: the Prime Minister has committed Vanuatu to a ban on plastic bags and bottles. In his Independence Day speech, PM Salwai recognised the efforts of a number of concerned individuals who started the No Plastik Bag Plis campaign so very recently. A paper and online version of this petition for stronger regulation to minimise plastic pollution still needs signatures, and Vanuatu Digest encourages everyone to sign. Luganville is also intended as a municipal partner in this project. And it is hoped it can become a nationwide campaign. Vanuatu will likely become the first island country in the Pacific region to implement a policy like this. (Daily Post)

PM Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, also in his official Independence Day speech, once again repeated the mantra that Vanuatu could not really be free until every country seeking independence in the Pacific is truly Read the rest of this entry »