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The 2017/2018 Tourism Awards for Excellence ceremony has been set for Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Vanuatu Convention Center to be followed by a Gala Dinner at the Farea Pasifik, Warwick Le Lagon Hotel, Port Vila.

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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and owner of Telsat Pacific pay-TV service in Port Vila, Rod Smith, says a lot of their customers are angry that Telsat will not be broadcasting the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia because the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) has the ex…

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The Department of Tourism, which helps with empowering and growing ni-Vanuatu participation in the tourism business, issued 1,788 tourism permits to operators in 2017. This was revealed by Donald Pelam, the Acting Director of the Department of Tourism.

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The announcement made by Australia and New Zealand of the sum of $Aus7.7 million (Vt634 million) Readiness Package, including the $Aus25.5 million (Vt2.1 billion) for the implementation of the PACER Plus agreement and the 20% of their Official Development Assistance (ODA) toward the Aid for …

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Vanuatu remains committed to completing its process towards signing and ratifying and benefiting from the PACER Plus Agreement and considers that the Agreement is significant with vast potentials, said the Minister for Climate Change and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ham Lini.

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Today, Wednesday, May 31, is the final day to pay the prescribed fees for the 2017 road tax.

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The Minister for Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Jotham Napat, on behalf of the Government of Vanuatu, on Monday signed a contract award for Lot 2 of the Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project (VAIP) with the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) and its joint venture compan…

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Maewo Member of Parliament, Ian Wilson, together with the Maewo Custom Movement, Ngwasoanda that voted him into office, have purchased 300 empty 167-litre drums for copra farmers on Maewo in an aim to boost copra quality and increase production.

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Disputing parties over the land on which Entani Company have established their base for registering and receiving payment for visits to Yasur Volcano on Tanna have been told to get their stories and documents over rights to the land sorted out before they are paid the money for use of the land.

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The First Ordinary Session of Parliament in June will discuss a Bill for the Supplementary Appropriation to be tabled by the Minister of Finance and Economic Management, Gaetan Pikioune, to obtain approval and authorization of Parliament for additional funds totaling Vt1,778,259,400.

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The Department of Customs and Inland Revenue has maintained its public notice informing all vehicle owners that the renewal of Road Tax for 2017 is due no later than 4.30pm on Friday, March 31, 2017.

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A facelift of Bauerfield Airport’s international and domestic terminals is being planned by Airports Vanuatu Limited (AVL) to be ready for welcome to Port Vila of visitors and participants in the Pacific Mini Games in December this year.

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A custom school specializing in teaching North Raga (Pentecost) language, songs and dances will open on Saturday at Huarere Nagamal at Tagabe in Port Vila.

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An island off mainland Malekula, called Lenur Island, is up for sale, according to an advertisement on Private Islands Magazine online, the magazine printed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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The newest subsidiary of Ifira Trustees Limited, Ifira General Services 2000, has taken delivery of a 30-ton Komatsu excavator and a 10,000-litre Caterpillar water truck, total value Vt12 million, to assist the company with its services. The heavy works units were purchased from a local comp…

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It was certainly a packed house at the Chamber of Commerce (VCCI) on Wednesday morning as investors and real estate agents crowded in to learn more about the land lease and management laws from the minister largely responsible for their existence, Ralph Regenvanu.

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The Office of the Opposition has expressed concern that the “Government does not appear to have an action plan to address the issue of money laundering black list which the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is intending to impose on Vanuatu.”

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Merchandise trade provisional figures for January 2016 recorded a deficit balance of Vt2.94 billion over January 2015, indicating a deterioration of 34% or Vt741 million. This trade deficit balance was due to the value of total imports (Vt3.35 billion) exceeded that of total exports by (Vt41…

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Construction work on the beautification program of Port Vila, under the Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project at both the Seafront and Portside precincts, is well under way after starting in January this year under the direction of the contractor, New Zealand company Hawkins Infrastructure …

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The agriculture sector continues to play an important role in the lives of the people of Vanuatu, providing work for over 75% of the total population, says the Minister of Finance and Economic Management, Gaetan Pikioune.

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Ifira Ports Development Services (IPDS) the subsidiary of Ifira Trustees Limited, that is operating the stevedoring services at Port Vila wharf has ordered additional equipment to assist with movement of containers. This has been revealed by IPDS General Manager Russell Mitchel in an intervi…

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