Larger aircraft to be able to land at Bauerfield, thanks to additional funds from World Bank for Vanuatu Aviation Investment ProjectPosted: January 11, 2017
The World Bank announced USD 14 million (Approx. Vt 1.5 billion) in additional funding to strengthen air transport and an expansion of works under the Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project yesterday. Vanuatu’s Finance Minister Gaeton Pikioune says Read the rest of this entry »
It was a truly horrific accident yesterday. Daily Post this morning had one dead and 14 injured. By lunchtime today Radio Vanuatu News had reported 3 dead. They are a bus driver, a pregnant woman and her baby. A bus with many tourists visiting Ekasup Cultural Village from the cruise ship Pacific Dawn collided with Read the rest of this entry »
By Dr TK Jayaraman
Vanuatu is in the news again.
Along with three other Pacific Island countries, which enjoy the status of least developed country (LDC) for special treatment by international donor community including various multilateral funding agencies aside from industrialised nations, Vanuatu has made the right signals once again, as it would be graduating soon.
Addressing the Comprehensive High-level Mid-term Review by the UN of the Implementation of the Program of Action for the LDCs in Antalya in Turkey in late May 2016, Vanuatu’s Special Envoy stressed the need for reducing the extreme vulnerability to external shocks beyond domestic control.
The anxiety of Vanuatu, Read the rest of this entry »
Prime Minister Sato Kilman yesterday said he was not pleased to see the Opposition boycott of Parliament that occurred after the Supreme Court granted the Opposition request for a Parliamentary sitting. Kilman said the move had cost the people of Vanuatu a lot financially. He said the Opposition boycotted the sitting so it could win additional MPs over to their side before Monday’s debate of the no confidence motion in Parliament. The Speaker was directed by the Supreme Court to hold the sitting, reported Radio Vanuatu News.
The Opposition boycott of Parliament yesterday saw only two Opposition MPs attend, Ralph Regenvanu and Tony Wright, meaning a total of only 31 MPs present, not a quorum, says Daily Post. It was also reported that not all Opposition MPs were present in Vila in time for the sitting, not surprising given the confusion surrounding whether or not there would be a sitting.
The Vanuatu beach volleyball team won the Oceania Championships in Papeete, French Polynesia this week, beating Australia in the final. But this fantastic news is tinged with sadness– the team may be forced to skip tournaments next year due to a lack of funds. Business houses, here’s a huge positive branding opportunity, as Vanuatu Volleyball Federation President Debbie Masaufakalo points out: “the results speak for themselves — they’re winning — and we get huge press exposure. Fantastic for sponsors to jump on board: get their logos on our uniforms; get the TV coverage; get the media exposure and join us in the World Championships.” Who will step up and help our team?