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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Settlements receive sanitation upgrade from Port Vila Urban Development Project

One of Port Vila's many informal settlements – a symptom of lack of urban planning at all levels of government. Photo: IOM

The Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) is improving the hygiene and sanitation of urban settlements. Settlements include the Seaside communities — Futuna, Paama and Tongoa, Tokyo Buninga plus peri-urban Ohlen Nabanga, Mele Waisisi and Blacksands Tongariki. The Vanuatu and Australian governments, the ADB are assisting, as are the people of the areas concerned who have done a lot to remove unwanted refuse and materials. Thirty-three junk collection trips have been made to the Bouffa waste site.

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New Police Service Chairman appointed, but not Police Commissioner

Vanuatu Police Force constables patrol Port Vila. File photo: Rob Maccoll/DFAT

Vanuatu Police Force constables patrol Port Vila. File photo: Rob Maccoll/DFAT

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Blanket censorship of social media announced for all Government workers

Announcment from PSC of blanket ban on access to social media for all Vanuatu public servants

Memo from PSC announcing blanket ban on access to social media for all Vanuatu public servants (english translation can be found below in the comments to this story)

According to Radio Vanuatu News today the Public Service Commission is forbidding government workers from accessing social media. This was decided in a meeting of 29 April. In an advisory note, the Acting Secretary of the PSC, Jacques Gedeon, says public servants will no longer have access to unspecified social media sites, and all requests must have the approval of the PSC Secretariat before the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) enables access. This website objects strongly to this position of the PSC. Social media are an important public sphere for debate in Vanuatu. The memo is also vaguely worded, and does not specify how ‘social media’ is defined nor what sites are to be banned. Many civil servants lack the means to purchase newspapers, others find it difficult to have radio coverage at appropriate times. Furthermore, as we have discovered in recent years, both the broadcasting corporation and governments have at times decided to terminate transmissions at certain levels to save costs. A Right to Information Bill is before Parliament and a blanket censorship of this kind should not be allowed by either the Public Service Commission or the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the more so because of the Prime Minister’s stated commitment to provide information to all and wherever they may live.

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Opposition joins Govt against terrorism; Business call for VAT exemption following airport failure

Arms smuggling enabled by Vanuatu's tax haven: Thai security personnel surround the cargo plane loaded with smuggled weapons at Bangkok airport on December 12, 2009. Photo: ICIJ

Arms smuggling enabled by Vanuatu’s tax haven: Thai security personnel surround a cargo plane carrying smuggled weapons at Bangkok airport, December 12, 2009. Photo: ICIJ

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A world first – this Vanuatu public toilet has its own website!

The best public toilet in the South Pacific – Paunangisu, Vanuatu
How many public toilets can claim that they have their very own, dedicated website? Only this one, located in Paunangisu, North Efate!  Read the rest of this entry »


Parliament to debate Budget next week; Minister warns VNPF on losing streak; Vila Wharf management plan ready

VNPF Building , Port Vila. Photo: Jean Van Jean

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