Minister signs contract for Luganville Municipal Market House Renovation & Extension

The contract was signed by Minister for Internal Affair, Andrew Napuat and representatives of Shem Construction Company.

Mr Napuat reiterated the government’s decentralisation policy to ensure ease of access and fair distribution of services for all citizens of Vanuatu.

He expressed gratitude to UN Women for continuously supporting the empowerment of the people of Vanuatu by taking services to provincial and municipal levels of governance.

Future looks bright for Vanuatu cocoa industry

The exporters are Vanuatu Cocoa and Copra Exporters Limited (VCCE) and Commodity Corporation Pty Ltd (C-CORP) and Alternative Communities Trade in Vanuatu (ACTIV) Association.

ACTIV produces chocolate from cocoa beans bought from local farmers. Vanuatu cocoa beans are exported to Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Twenty-five percent of rural households in Vanuatu are involved in cocoa production.

Most cocoa is produced by smallholder farmers based in the northern islands.

FLNKS restates support for Vanuatu claim to disputed isles

Both France and Vanuatu claim the two uninhabited islands whose ownership has been the subject of negotiations between the two countries' governments.

Last week, Vanuatu summoned French diplomats after reports that the French navy had visited the island in January and painted a French flag on a rock.

Ten years ago, an FLNKS leader Victor Tutugoro signed a document with the Vanuatu Prime Minister Edward Natapei stating that the islands belonged to Vanuatu.

Vanuatu presses France for talks over Matthew and Hunter

During a French naval mission to the small uninhabited islands in January, France reportedly took action to re-enforce its sovereignty, when officers landed, polished a plaque and painted the French flag on a rock.

Johnny Koanapo, who has represented Vanuatu's claim in talks with France, said the unilateral move complicated the negotiations.

"We, the people of Vanuatu, will not take this lightly. We are very concerned and we want France to give a proper explanation," he said.

Vanuatu’s Torba Handicraft Co-operative releases catalogue

The programme started in March 2018 with 15 clients.

The local handicraft are produced by the weavers of Vetimboso village in west Vanualava and Motalava.

Most of their sales are distributed through the Torba Handicraft Co-operative (THC) to wholesalers mainly in Port Vila targeting a niche market with top quality products from Torba province.

"There is a high opportunity for Torba products to be sold in tourists destination such as Port Vila markets.”

25 people have been registered in the THC as co-operative members.

Vanuatu’s Pango village participates in tsunami drill

The stimulation exercise covered areas 1, 2 and 3 and over 300 residents including school children and resorts in these areas participated.

The main objective of the stimulation exercise was to test the tsunami siren and responsiveness of the Pango community to the siren.

"With this simulation exercise we intend to train the school and resorts, the Pango community Disaster Climate Change Committees and the overall coastal community within the 3 targeted areas of Pango village to prepare should there be any tsunami warning in the near future"

Team Wellington secure home quarter in OFC champs

They will be joined in the last eight by Fiji's Ba FC, who beat Kiwi FC 5-1 to leapfrog Erakor into second place in the group thanks to their superior goal difference.

With their qualification destiny out of their hands, Ba FC's main goal was to ensure they do their part by defeating Kiwi FC before hoping for Team Wellington to do them a favour by overcoming Erakor at Port Vila's Korman Stadium.

Vila Central to trial offering full services throughout the week

The chair of the Public Service Commission, Martin Mahe, said the hospital will open from eight in the morning until midnight on Saturday and Sunday for a month from next week.

The Daily Post newspaper reported the trial could be replicated in other provincial hospitals.

Mr Mahe said the exercise will address the systemic issue of accessibility to affordable and quality healthcare.


More opportunities for Vanuatu’s semi-skilled labourers

The Ministry of Internal Affairs met with their Australian counterparts about strengthening the Pacific Labour Scheme programme in the interest of both the Vanuatu and the Australian governments.

Since the signing of the Pacific Labour Scheme Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) in Nauru in September 2018, 12 Ni-Vanuatu employees are now being employed in the Horticulture sector in Australia.

USAID holds Project Preparation training in Vanuatu

The launch was held at the Grand Casino hotel in Port Vila Monday, 25 February 2019.

“Resilient development requires cooperation from all sectors to adapt and strengthen existing infrastructure and social systems so that we are ready to face the challenges ahead. In light of this, the U.S. government is pleased to work with national and local governments, the private sector, and academe to address pressing development needs that not only affect this country, but also this strategically important region as a whole.” said Ambassador Ebert-Gray