Vanuatu

Ambassador says Vanuatu true friend of Japan

He made the comment at the recent ceremony of the signing of the Loan Agreement Second Phase for the Port Vila Lapetasi International Multi-purpose Wharf Development at the Office of the Prime Minister, Sato Kilman.

Ambassador Takuji said the project, one of the biggest in the Pacific Island Countries, could not have come at a better time for its formalization, not only because it came on the eve of the 35th anniversary of independence but because it will help accelerate the recovery from Cyclone Pam.

Remanded incest suspect commits suicide

Daily Post was informed that the suspect was arrested earlier last week in Tongariki and transported by boat to Tongoa where he is understood to be in Police custody.

Very reliable sources from the Island informed Daily Post he had spent the past night in the residence of a Police officer before his body was found the next morning.

There is a holding cell at the Morua Police Post but it is yet unclear why the suspect was not locked up and treated like any other remanded suspect.

No tolerance for nepotism in Vanuatu public service

Mr Willie, who is a former Minister of Agriculture, says people have already been asking him for special favours, but he will not entertain nepotism in the public service.

He says people should apply for a job when it is advertised and be hired on merit.

 

Export of Vanuatu’s necklaces given all clear by Australia

Previously the seed had been prohibited for export to Australia in necklaces as it had not been assessed. However, the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program negotiated with Australia’s Department of Agriculture to have the biosecurity status of Hernandia nymphaeifolia amended.

VMF accepts peace keeping in Africa

Vanuatu Mobile Force Commander, Job Esau, says this is the largest contingent to date to serve on a UN Peacekeeping Mission anywhere in the world.

Commander Esau makes the announcement to break his silence following his return to the VMF from his former position as Acting Commissioner of Police in the most recent past.

Asked to explain the recruitment process, the Commander says the UN personally interviewed the candidates by phone, shortlisted them then put them through a series of tests.

2 Vanuatu MPs accused of customs fraud

It is alleged that government MPs Paul Telukluk and Arnold Prasad, along with a former diplomat turned businessman, attempted to defraud the government and people of Vanuatu by not declaring their company's import of a large quantity of cigarettes.

According to the opposition, Vanuatu's Director of the Department of Customs and the Commissioner of Police should properly investigate the allegation.

The opposition also called on the government to refrain and cease from attempting to interfere with the lawful operation of Customs in dealing with this allegation.

 

Women told to put differences aside to see change

“Put all your differences aside so we can make a change and see its impacts.”

Government presents Recovery plan to partners

The two-year plan establishes three high level objectives, relating to infrastructure, social services and ni-Vanuatu livelihoods. It specifies how these objectives will be achieved, through a program of projects managed by Government ministries and delivered in collaboration with partners.

The Government has also approved and implemented the administrative arrangements necessary to support the program.

A Recovery Program Committee will be responsible for assessing project submissions and taking decisions on which projects to be undertaken and ensuring their delivery.

Vt10 billion wharf project begins

Around 500 strong Tannese men, women and children swooped in on Ifira wharf to begin the ground breaking ceremony of the Lapetasi Wharf Project in a gigantic Toka dance to welcome the new development of port facility for Vanuatu.

Swinging and clapping their hands and stomping their feet in unison, the men circled round and round, rushing in a human tide to the centre and then out again, sending clouds of dust in the air as the earth shook under their feet.

Pacific farmers seeking safety in numbers

A demonstration in Vanuatu's Shefa province last week brought local farmers together with their counterparts from Fiji, Solomon Islands and Tonga.

The event is based on the "Knowledge Hub" concept, which was first trialled in the Solomon Islands by regional NGO Live and Learn before being exported to other countries by the UN's Pacific Risk Resilience Programme.

Its manager, Moortaza Jiwanji says the Knowledge Hubs in Vanuatu have been helping farmers recover from Cyclone Pam, which wiped out almost all food and agricultural crops in March.