Vanuatu chief wins right to run container port

The deal gives the chief and his people's group of companies the right to operate the newly completed Lapetasi International Container Terminal located on Ifira Island in the middle of Port Vila's harbour

The chief has assured the government he is confident the companies have the material and expertise to successfully operate the terminal and the company board has already reduced container charges.

The Prime Minister Charlot Salwai congratulated the chief and his people for their generosity.

French businessman made Vanuatu chief

Paramount chief Maserei, the tribal chief, who initiated Mr Bougeois into the council, says it is because of his historical assistance to his family and village and island.

RNZ reports Mr Bourgeois' late father, Pierre Bourgeois, who was an investor, was also adopted into the chief's family and given the same chiefly name, Maseimata.

The Vaturisu Council of Chiefs, the umbrella organisation of all chiefs of Efate and its offshore islands, has endorsed the move saying it follows the guidelines of Efate's custom governance system.