Vanuatu Government

Vanuatu govt to launch inquiry into Air Vanuatu aircraft purchases

Finance minister Johnny Koanapo said the previous board committed to buy four A220s without considering the implications for taxpayers, who own the airline.

He told the Vanuatu Daily Post the new government has decided to only buy two of the aircraft, as it focuses mostly on domestic travel.

Vanuatu's borders have been closed to international travel since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March.

     

Vanuatu Government to upgrade damaged roads

The decision was publicly announced yesterday with political leaders, chiefs and councilors during a convention held by the junction road at Ohlen Mataso.

Deputy Prime Minister Ishmael Kalsakau confirmed the construction of new concrete roads at Ohlen Mataso would commence in November, with hopes to be completed by December.

The government officials also met with members of the community from Agathis to announce the road upgrade, two weeks ago.

     

Vanuatu govt criticised for spending $US20K on jewellery

The jewellery - purchased from a Port Vila store - was reportedly bought on the minister of internal affair's instructions ahead of this year's independence celebrations.

The national co-ordinator of the 40th anniversary celebrations, Fred Samuel, told the Parliamentary Accounts Committee the funding was approved by the director-general of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reports the committee also heard the director general was acting on instruction from the minister of internal affairs, Andrew Napuat.

Consultation on Vanuatu's Coordination Processes for Development and Climate Finance

The workshop was led by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and attended by government officials from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) and the Ministry of Climate Change (MCCA), together with representatives of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). The discussions were part of a Green Climate Fund (GCF) funded project which aims at enhancing Vanuatu’s ability to seek accreditation and direct access to the GCF.

Company to run Vanuatu permanent residency programme

Under recent amendments to immigration law, permanent residency can be granted to non-citizines and their families for 10 years, and is renewable.

Blue Mirror has also been authorised as the only office in Vanuatu that can deal with programme.

The Daily Post reported the company's director and sole shareholder, Samuel Andrew, was listed as residing in Eratap on Efate.

Meanwhile, Vanuatu's Trade Commissioner in Dubai has also been contracted as an agent for the programme.

Vanuatu govt raises retirement age during opposition suspension

The Daily Post reported the change was passed unanimously by Parliament as the opposition served its two day suspension for boycotting the first sitting.

Prime Minister Bob Loughman said the age was raised in accordance with improved health facilities and a higher life expectancy.

The World Health Organisation said Vanuatu's life expectancy in 2018 was 72.

However, the Minister of Finance, Johnny Koanapo, said discussions with Vanuatu's Pension Fund were underway on giving ni-Vanuatu access to retirement packages at age 57.

     

Vanuatu Government removes and bans imported OKI tinned fish

A statement from the National Disaster of Management Office said the tinned fish contained worms.

Although the worms were dead, the contents were a physical hazard and unfit for consumption.

The Director of NDMO, Abraham Nasak confirmed the department has advised responsible authorities to implement the ban on the importation of the OKI brand of tinned fish.

The importer of the tinned fish has been dealt with under the Penalty Notice Regulation Order No.54 of 2010.

The importer has also been instructed to remove all OKI fish products in all shops in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu Govt to take care of medical evacuation cost for TC Harold victims

The Director of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Abraham Nasak, said the medical evacuation after TC Harold is part of the disaster response thus, the government is responsible for repatriation.

The statement from NDMO acknowledged Brothers for Life (B4L) for meeting the cost of repatriating a family of four from Sauriki in southwest Santo on Friday last week.

The family which had their plane tickets paid by B4L were part of a group of 17 victims flown to Port Vila for further medical attention.

Vanuatu's Regenvanu won't move motions against govt during rebuild

Vanuatu politics has been plagued by regular motions and changes, with the previous Charlot Salwai-led government the first to survive a full term in more than a decade.

That government tried to pass a range of constitutional reforms to bring stability, though it fell short on many.

Ralph Regenvanu said he won't attempt to move a motion while the government faces the rebuild from Cyclone Harold and the coronavirus pandemic.

But he told Buzz FM he would still like to see reforms.

Academic predicts fast formation of Vanuatu government

The Vanuatu Electoral Commission had suffered multiple setbacks to announcing the official election results, with the sudden death of its

chairman Martin Tete this week.

Prior to that, extreme weather set polling back a day in the southern provinces.

Brisbane-based adjunct professor for Asia and the Pacific at Griffith, Tess Newton Cain, who is a Vanuatu citizen, has been following the election

closely.

She said based on unofficial election results four major parties had emerged with similar numbers of MPs - namely Graon Mo Jastis, Reunification