Dozens of trafficked Bangladeshis leave Vanuatu

Of the 101 men who were under government care in Port Vila, just 25 remain after several groups were flown out in recent weeks.

A representative for the migrants, Shahin Khan, said a group of eight men left this morning.

The rest will stay as key witnesses in the Supreme Court case against their alleged traffickers.

Vanuatu's Internal Affairs Minister, Andrew Napuat, said the government needs to know more about people coming into the country.

Vanuatu in dark over charges in China deportations - minister

The Chinese nationals, whose identities have not been disclosed, were arrested by Vanuatu police in a night raid two weeks ago, prompting local media and observers to suggest it was a sign of Beijing's growing influence over the country.

On Friday, the group were escorted to an unmarked plane, each suspect flanked by a police officer - a Vanuatu one holding one arm, a Chinese officer the other, neither in uniform - and sent to China, the Vanuatu Daily Post newspaper reported.

Vanuatu Government encourages quality local food

The MTTCNVB and its line agencies including the Vanuatu Bureau of Standards (VBS), the Vanuatu Cooperative Business Network (VCBN), the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority (VIPA), the tourism Section, the Cooperatives, all came together to demonstrate how to value-add other ingredients to local food products to improve on the quality of the local food.

Vanuatu aid fraudster jailed for 8 years

Rory had fraudulently received $US130,541.

The Daily Post newspaper said when he was the chief negotiator for European Union Aid Funds, 48-year-old Rory transferred the money to his private account.

Justice Oliver Saksak rejected Rory's application for special consideration on health grounds and found him guilty on all 40 grounds.


Photo file Vanuatu Judiciary  

Chinese nationals deported from Vanuatu

The six people, some of whom are said to hold Vanuatu passports, were detained this week during an operation by law enforcement agencies from both countries.

They're accused of operating an internet scam, but it's not known if they've been charged or what the details of the case are.

The case has raised concerns in Vanuatu, as the people did not appear before a Vanuatu court and were reportedly held without charge.

Vanuatu’s Shepherd Islands farmers encouraged to increase produce

SMAS was a very important event where participating farmers were observed and evaluated by technical officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity (MALFFB) and the Ministry of Trade, Tourism, Industry and Cooperatives to measure the level of production of farmers and what the farmers should do in preparation for the next Shepherds Mini Agriculture Show.

Improved quality water access for 10 Vanuatu rural communities

Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS) WASH Team has teamed up with the Department of Water Resources (DoWR) and Shefa Provincial Environmental Health to conduct the Drinking Water Security and Safety Planning (DWSSP) with the community.

As part of its auxiliary role to the public authority provided under the Act of Vanuatu Red Cross Society, the National Society will assist 10 rural communities identified in Shefa Province to develop its “Drinking Water Security and Safety Plan” or DWSSP.

Vanuatu’s Lycee School signs agreement with DARD

An agreement was signed by Acting Principal Agriculture Officer (South), Peter Iesul, on behalf of the Director for DARD and the Acting Principal for Lycee LAB to facilitate this.

Lycee School has expressed interest in working with DARD to ensure their agriculture students have the opportunity to do practical work relating to the lessons they have learned in the classroom.

This is the second MOA signed between DARD and two well- known schools in Port Vila.

The first agreement was signed with Malapoa College in 2018 and the second agreement with Lycee School.

Save the Children Vanuatu helps DARD to improve livelihoods on Ambae

The initiative is aimed at ensuring that children have a balanced diet and enough food.

Families on Ambae have had their lives disrupted by the active volcano on the island.

Save the Children Vanuatu and DARD have helped the residents by distributing vegetable seeds to households.

Families will be able to harvest vegetables in two-months and improve their livelihoods.

Root crops like cassava and taro will be harvested early next year.


Photo supplied Caption: Sweet potato plot demonstration in Ambae


Amicable resolution sought over disputed Matthew and Hunter Islands

The Vanuatu Daily Post reported that last month the two countries concluded a second round of maritime boundary negotiations in Belgium.

The disputed islands lie south-south-east of Vanuatu and New Caledonia and have been the cause of recent tensions after a French naval mission landed in January and planted their flag.

Vanuatu claims sovereignty over Matthew and Hunter.

Dominion of the islands includes the surrounding ocean and seabed with its commensurate commercial prospects.