On-site graduation for Peace Corps at Vanuatu’s Eratap Centre School

The graduation is part of the Peace Corps 3/6 concept that allows communities to get three volunteers for a total of six years.

The  ceremony held at Eratap Centre School brought together teaching staff, the former and current school principal, the school chairman, the three host families and friends.

During the event, the programming and training specialist, Lensay Tambe emphasized the sustainability of projects carried out by the three volunteers.

.VU domain transfer from TVL to TRBR

TRBR confirmed that the announcement was made during the ICANN board meeting held in Japan last week.

TVL decided that their preference is to be a Registrar in the future, primarily so they may retain a direct relationship with their domain name customers.

TVL has been responsible for management of the .vu domain name for Vanuatu since its initial delegation on 10 April 1995.

France won't cede disputed islands to Vanuatu

The long-running dispute over the Matthew and Hunter Islands, which sit between New Caledonia and Vanuatu, flared again recently with the visit of a French warship.

The dispute has been going on for decades, and tempers flared when the French crew painted the tricolour flag on a large rock in January.

That led to calls for Vanuatu to expel French diplomats.

Vanuatu's foreign minister rejected those calls, instead calling for negotiations with Paris to resume.

Vanuatu Government handovers 1st payment for National Games

The Director General of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Henry Vira presented the cheque to the Chairman of Tafea National Games Local Organising Committee (LOC), Acting Secretary General Etiene Ravo.

Mr Vira congratulated Tafea for having strong confidence to host the games despite the challenges.

He also reiterated the importance of working together as a team to bring the national sporting event to the province.

Vanuatu foreign minister rejects calls to expel French diplomat

Mr Reganvanu was responding to calls from the opposition leader in Vanuatu, Ishmael Kalsakau, for the Charge d'Affaires to be expelled in order to send a clear signal to Paris over the Matthew and Hunter islands.

The small uninhabited islands are claimed by both Vanuatu and France which have been holding talks to agree maritime boundaries.

Mr Regenvanu said declaring the French diplomat "persona non grata" is not the right thing to do.

Vanuatu signs cooperation agreement with Georgia

Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu met with his counterpart in Georgia last week,in the first visit from a Vanuatu Minister.

According to a release from Georgia's Foreign Ministry, Mr Regenvanu reaffirmed Vanuatu's support for Georgia's sovereignty.

The two sides also discussed illegal actions by Russia in its former occupied territories of Georgia, Abkhazia and Tskhinvali.

The two foreign ministers then signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday.

Mr Regenvanu is scheduled to hold meetings with Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili.


New tourism signboard for Vanuatu's east Santo

The new signage is part of a wider package of assistance under the Santo Discovery Trail project, which aims to encourage greater visitor dispersal to local businesses and increase income-generating opportunities.
The project is funded by New Zealand in partnership with Sanma department of Tourism to assist with product development in rural areas.
Santo is the biggest island in Vanuatu with plenty different tourism sites and activities.

Photo supplied. Caption: New tourism sign board at east Santo


EU tax blacklist could block Pacific trade - expert

Vanuatu, Fiji and the Marshall Islands were added to the 28-nation list on Wednesday, joining Samoa, American Samoa and Guam.

The group countries have not yet been hit with economic sanctions but will face restrictions on transactions and reputational damage.

Mark Stafford, a partner at Port Vila consultancy Barrett and Partners, said Pacific nations would be hit hard by a potential trade block from the EU.

NZ to boost its policing support to Vanuatu

The Daily Post newspaper reported in announcing the support the High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Jonathan Schwass said New Zealand will be providing officers to equip the Vanuatu Police Force with expertise to address the rising problem of crime in communities.

He said the three officers will be flying in soon to help the force in specialist areas.

Mr Schwass said New Zealand is now looking to extend cooperation by providing additional support to the force and significantly stepping-up their defence assistance.

Fiji, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands added to EU tax blacklist

The 28-nation list was set up in December 2017 in a bid to crackdown on tax avoidance by corporations and wealthy individuals.

Tax jurisdictions alleged to be not complying with EU regulations face restrictions on transactions with the bloc and reputational damage.

The Pacific countries which were given a year to change their tax rules, join Samoa, American Samoa and Guam on the blacklist.