Ituani Centre expands to Vanuatu’s TORBA Province

Ituani which means Service Provider in Malo Language was established on Malo Island in 2015.

It expanded to North East Malekula in 2017.

Ituani Centre was setup to take ICT services to the doorsteps of the people living in remote and rural communities.

The Officer in Charge of Ituani Centre in Sola, Jack Sewen confirmed the centre in Sola provides all the ICT services including secretarial service, computer services and training.

He said people in TORBA could not access the services previously.

IMF staff concludes virtual staff visit to Vanuatu

The team led by Koki Harada met during March 1–12, 2021.

At the end of the visit, Mr. Harada said, “Vanuatu has successfully contained COVID-19 through the authorities’ timely and decisive actions. However, the prolonged closure of the border has severely hit the economy—particularly tourism. In 2020, Vanuatu was also hit by Tropical Cyclone Harold and volcanic eruptions in Tanna Island.

Australian backed Barrack Redevelopment Project in Vanuatu begins

The Australian and Vanuatu governments have confirmed that the Cook and Tiroas Barrack Redevelopment Project in Port Vila is now underway.

The Redevelopment Project is a joint scheme between both governments, and aims to provide critical updates to the training capabilities of the Vanuatu Police Force.

The project is expected to modernise amenities across the barracks, such as accommodation and a medical centre, as well as improving police training resources.

Over 500 passengers arrive in Vanuatu on repatriation flights since Jan

The government’s Covid-19 protocol requires the passengers to complete 14-days of mandatory quarantine and Covid-19 tests.

According Dr Posikai Samuel Tapo, the Lead – National Health Incident Management Team, 121 passengers are currently in quarantine.

As of 7 March 2021, a total of 3936 tests for SARS CoV-2 have been conducted.

Vanuatu has reported three positive cases at border quarantine.

The first case was on 10 November 2020 and two were confirmed on 6 March 2021.


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Vanuatu Agriculture Department creates awareness on new Agriculture Permit Systems

The permit system relates to the Agriculture Legislation and Agriculture Regulation under the Agriculture Act that was passed in Parliament in 2018.

The Director for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Antoine Ravo, said the Agriculture Act is new.

“There is a need to develop Agriculture Regulations and these regulations are already in their final draft.”

“This workshop will focus on piloting the permit systems for agriculture mainly the different forms as to how the forms will be used and its process.

Vanuatu minister not happy with photos at courthouse

The Minister of Climate Change, Bruno Leingkon, is facing charges of breaching aviation regulations.

He is alleged to have been drunk on a trip last year.

It's claimed he harassed a female pilot, causing her to return the flight to Santo soon after taking off.

Friday, after his appearance in a preliminary inquiry, Leingkon's associates told journalists they could not take his photo.

When it was pointed out this was not the case, the cabinet minister escaped by using a back door in the courthouse.

Vanuatu LDS church offers backyard garden training

The participants included people with special needs and non-church members.

The training is provided under church’s Stake Self Reliance Backyard Garden (SSRBG) project.

“The purpose of requesting such training is because most of the church members are not self- reliant so I believe such training will motivate them to engage in home gardening and also to improve their skills through the information obtained from this training, said Stake Specialist for SSRBG, Daniel Ringiau.”

“Most of them consume mainly imported food.

Vanuatu PM closes ‘haus krai’ for Somare

The ceremony which also featured the official closure of the week-long Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat ‘haus krai’ was jointly organised with the Vanuatu Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ‘haus krai' was officially opened last Friday by Deputy Prime Minister Ishmael Kalsakau.

The event, which was attended by senior Government officials, Heads of Regional Organisations and members of the Diplomatic Corp, coincided with the state funeral and burial service for Somare.

Somare, the founding father of Papua New Guinea passed away late last month.


Vanuatu PM to pay final respects to Somare at ‘haus krai’

The week-long ‘haus krai’ has been hosted by the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the secretariat headquarters.

MSG Acting Director General, George Hoa'au said the closure will coincide with the state funeral of Sir Michael.

Last night dozens of people attended a candle light vigil at the ‘haus krai’.

Sir Micheal, PNG’s longest serving leader died in Port Moresby last month.

He is one of the founding fathers of the MSG.

He will be laid to rest in his home province East Sepik.


Vanuatu’s Government, private sector dialogue sets pathway to more support for businesses

Government ministries and the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry are working together to develop the support measures.

The measures will build on the Economic Stabilization Payment (ESP), the Small and Medium Enterprises grant (SME), school fee subsidy, commodities subsidy and shipping subsidy, which were implemented in 2020.

So far over VT 1.5 billion worth of payment support has been provided.

Once the recommendations have been finalized and endorsed by the Council of Ministers, support measures will be rolled out.

Some of the measures are: