Larger aircraft to be able to land at Bauerfield, thanks to additional funds from World Bank for Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project

The World Bank's Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project will enable long-haul Code E aircraft such as Boeing's 787 (above) to use Bauerfield International Airport

The World Bank’s Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project will enable larger, long-haul Code E aircraft such as Boeing’s 787 (above) to use Bauerfield International Airport. Photo: Boeing

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 »


Bauerfield upgrade costs now double; Govt to begin repaying Cyclone Pam repair loans

Finally under way – the contractors' truck on the tarmac at Bauerfield earlier this week

Bauerfield International Airport – additional repairs complete by early October, major redevelopment works due in 2017

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12 found guilty in Pipite premature pardons conspiracy case

Marcellino Pipite. Photo: TIV

Marcellino Pipite, convicted of conspiracy yesterday, along with Tony Nari, Jean-Yves Chabod, Jonas James, John Amos, Arnold Prasad, Paul Telukluk, Silas Yatan, Tony Wright, Thomas Laken, Pascal Iauko and lawyer Wilson Iauma. Photo: TIV

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Ni-Vanuatu dead, tourists seriously injured in major road accident on Efate

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 »

Under the microscope: Vanuatu’s transition out of Least Developed Country status

Microscopists from provincial medical facilities receive training under the supervision of the Chief Microscopist in Port Vila, Vanuatu 2012. Photo: Paul McGinty / DFAT

Closer examination is needed of the challenges that may arise from Vanuatu’s graduation from LDC status. File photo/Paul McGinty/DFAT

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.

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Next phase of Bauerfield International Airport upgrade to be revealed this Friday

Port Vila's Bauerfield international airport

Phase two of the planned expansion and upgrade announced on Friday: Port Vila’s Bauerfield international airport from the air

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Vanuatu daily news digest | 8 December 2012

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.

Vanuatu vs Tahiti in the womens' semi-finals of the Beach Volleyball Oceania Championship, Papeete, French Polynesia, 2/12/2012.

Vanuatu vs Tahiti in the womens’ semi-finals of the Beach Volleyball Oceania Championship, Papeete, French Polynesia, 2/12/2012.

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?

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