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The Reserve Bank of Vanuatu has made a donation to SMART Sistas to assist with the organization’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) Camp for Girls 2017 that is taking place this week at the Convention Centre in Port Vila.

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The President of Sanma Provincial Council, John Olo Aru, has responded to news that former MP for Port Vila, Willie Jimmy Tapanga Rarua, wants to register the words Healing (Holy) Water over the land in Luganville, Santo, where hundreds of people are congregating for the miracle water said t…

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The Government of Vanuatu has signed a contract with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and its joint venture partner, Northwest Civil Airport Construction Group (NCACG), both Chinese companies, for the rehabilitation of Port Vila’s Bauerfield Airport and associated inf…

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Yoko Asano, Project Formulation Advisor for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) representing the Japanese Government says they really appreciate reaching this point in the construction at the Lapetasi International Multipurpose Wharf Development Project in Port Vila when a section …

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Malapoa College provided the main highlight for the first UN-declared World Tuna Day yesterday, May 2, 2017 at the Convention Centre in Port Vila by providing the school’s total complement of 839 people – 789 students and 50 teachers.

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Six ni-Vanuatu – four female and two male workers, in the hotel industry left Port Vila Wednesday afternoon for Australia to work under the Seasonal Workers Program (SWP) between the two countries in Australia’s hotel industry.

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The Grand Hotel & Casino has been placed on the market to be sold within the range of $25 million (over Vt2 billion).

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“The Lessors are encouraging the AVL, Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities and the Government of Vanuatu to refer back to their recent correspondences to understand that unless their consent is obtained under the two leases, such a project under the World Bank procurement guidelin…

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While the Government is arriving with assistance to develop Maewo, the island’s growing intellectuals are also ready to work with the Government through a newly set up body called Maewo Business Forum.

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Government should look at helping revive the fishermen’s cooperative societies in all the islands of Vanuatu as a way to help develop seafood market strategies for seafood producers of the country, Isaac Seru, the representative of the Futuna Fishermen’s Cooperative Society has suggested.

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Tuburah Cooperative at Black Sand and Samapeta Cooperative at Erakor Half Road have broken through with their own brand of highly effective toilet paper called Topwan, for distribution through the Vanuatu Cooperative Federation Network, beginning with cooperatives based on Efate.

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As Vanuatu’s economy continues to recover from Cyclone Pam in 2015, growth is expected to pick up to 4.3% in 2017, and then slightly moderate to 3.8% in 2018, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report that expects growth to pick up in the Pacific countries in 2017.

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The Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) supports the engagement of a diverse number of people in carrying out the project. Here is one example.

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The massive retirement of Public Servants has provided both a challenge for the Public Service Commission (PSC) to fill in vacant positions but also an opportunity to addresses the issue of unemployment of graduates.

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Air Vanuatu and Qantas currently are code-sharing on Air Vanuatu’s flights between Brisbane and Santo, but not on the flights to Port Vila, says the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Air Vanuatu, Joseph Laloyer.

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Air Vanuatu has returned to membership of IOSA, the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program, which is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline, says acting Chief Executive Officer, Joseph…

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Air Vanuatu recorded a loss in revenue of close to Vt900 million in 2015 as a result of super tropical cyclone Pam in March of that year that devastated the country, says Joseph Laloyer, the airline’s Chief Executive Officer.

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The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism has begun work on a number of legal and procedural activities that will eventually culminate with the establishment of a Price and Quality Control Unit for the country.

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The Department of Civil Status, located behind the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Port Vila, will be temporarily moving this weekend to the ground floor of the Immigration Department premises close to the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) headquarters.

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Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) chartered a plane Wednesday that brought an expert from Australia with critical spare parts to fix the problem at the Central Exchange of the largest telecommunications company in the country and return almost 80% of its services lost since Tuesday morning.

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Kava export returns in 2015 after Tropical Cyclone devastated parts of Vanuatu as it trekked through the country on March 12, 13 and 14 reached Vt180 million. One year later, in 2016, the figure jumped to Vt800 million, according to the Director of Biosecurity Vanuatu, Timothy Tumukon.

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The Department of Customs and Inland Revenue is seeking an extension to the March 31 deadline for payment of road tax for 2017 by all vehicle owners using the public roads of Vanuatu.

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Government must take Wednesday’s strike action by workers of Pacific Petroleum that paralyzed parts of the aviation sector and threatened massive disruption to the economy of the country as a wake-up call for all leaders including Members of Parliament with both Government and the Opposition…

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The Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority (VIPA) says it is proud to have sponsored, in partnership with the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council, one of the country’s first ever Australia Vanuatu Business Forum and Trade Expo 2017 at the Holiday Inn.

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Merchandise trade provisional figures for December 2016 recorded a deficit balance of Vt3.342 billion, a deterioration of Vt608 million or (22%) compared to December 2015.

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The Public Works Department (PWD) Road-worthiness Supervisor, Jean Juliano, has apologized to vehicle owners in the country, particularly those in the capital, Port Vila for the lack of awareness on the changes in some aspects of the roadworthiness inspection process.

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Seasonal employment agent for New Zealand and Australia, Sylvie Kalmet, has corrected information in Monday’s article saying the people tested on Sunday were not for Tasmania but recruitment for normal for seasonal work in mainland Australia.

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Some 350 applicants – men and women – packed into Saralana Park in Port Vila Sunday and underwent a series of tests by seasonal work agent Sylvie Kalmet and her team to find the first 150 people to send to Tasmania for seasonal work.

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