Food and nutrition security are the focus of the first goal of the ‘Environment’ pillar in our National Sustainable Development Plan. It does not make a specific reference to urban food security. It does use terms such as ‘for all’ to make it clear that the importance of ensuring and improvi…
Two days ago, the government of Nauru released a statement confirming that they would not grant access to the Pacific Island Forum to any reporter working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. This decision is wrong, and it cannot go unopposed.
The present Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) has described the situation of VBTC, when he inherited the public broadcaster, as “dire” and one of “financial insolvency”.
The China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation, or CCECC, this week announced the first elements of their ring road rehabilitation project. It’s necessary, but it won’t be pretty. The project’s Operations Manager, Ellie Bowden, was frank in her assessment. “It’s going to be shock a…
A Vanuatu-based company is claiming that Australia’s headline-driving Coral Sea Cable joining Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Australia may be driven more by political concerns than actual business sense.
Picture this: The twin turrets of a world class cathedral tower over a quiet street not far from the 3000-student international school campus. Down the road, glass-fronted shops sell Versace, Gucci and countless other high-end brands. Starbucks clients spill out onto the sidewalk to enjoy th…
Time flies. It has been two years since i came to Vanuatu as Chinese Ambassador. I’m not a stranger to this beautiful land since i worked here as a diplomat from 2001 to 2003. For the last 17 years, i have been following the economic and social development of this country of paradise. In the…
Numerous programs and projects were initiated in an attempt to improve infrastructure and to improve the standard of living of individuals, communities and citizens or public at large.
The average Australian’s conception of Pacific island nations is so limited it makes some of us wonder if they even want to understand. Our voices—and our reality—have been pointedly and repeatedly ignored in the media, and in the corridors of power.
The ‘news’ that Vanuatu was to be the site of a Chinese military base caught most people by surprise. Government officials with detailed knowledge of relevant matters swore hand on heart they’d never even heard hints of such talk. Minister of Foreign Affairs Ralph Regenvanu questioned the so…
In times of emergency, the use of cash transfer programmes has been rapidly used by Humanitarian organizations throughout the Globe and this has been on the rise.
A lot has been said about China’s influence in Vanuatu. And in focusing on China’s presence, in particular its activities in the country, there appears to be more criticisms about China’s influence rather than the positive role that China is playing in our development initiatives.
All Fijians will go to polls this year around September to vote for their representatives in Parliament, a major event that is already gaining interest from mainstream media around the region and the world.
Some time ago, the Daily Post submitted a number of questions to Cooperatives Director Ridley Joseph concerning the Apma Financial Investment Centre, or AFIC. The questions arose from the government’s continuing silence concerning the money belonging to tens of thousands of depositors.
It’s becoming far too common: Journalists and whistle blowers are being singled out and silenced as governments throughout the region allow the Pacific to slide down the slippery slope of repression. Either we act now to stop it, or we accept that in ten years, the region’s media may look a …
A few weeks ago now the Minister of Internal Affairs decreed that as of of January 1, 2019 no member of the public service, in other words those employed by the Government, would be able to own and operate a Taxi, Bus or Public Transport.
Cloud storms are forming in more ways than one what with the politics and then we have the bitter battle between China and Australian Aid Donors and what constitutes aid and what is a move to gain power over a sovereign state that seemingly lacks courage and fortitude to move forward with th…
Recently I have come across a couple of really important and interesting things about addressing gender based violence in Vanuatu. As we know, it is a major issue in our country with physical, emotional, mental, social and economic impacts.
It is common knowledge that access to low cost credit is, among other things, vital to the development of the productive sector and the ‘Small Medium Enterprise’ (SME) industry in Vanuatu.
In the aftermath of an eye-opening exchange in Parliament between deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman and Agriculture Minister Matai Seremaiah, people are left asking if their life savings are secure.
We read recently of a case that came before the Supreme Court concerning a case of a man sentenced to 15 years in prison for the rape of his 3 daughters.
While social media platforms are excellent tools for people to socialize and get connected with other people, the rate at which people are abusing Facebook is increasing at an alarming rate.
The VRP MENA Limited is reviewing its options for an appeal as it is believed this is an issue that should have been settled between the parties, without pursuing legal avenues.
The Australian Senate acquiesced yesterday to the ABC’s decision to ignore its own charter and kill its shortwave service. Nick Xenophon’s amendment bill requiring the corporation to reinstate shortwave died in committee.
I reported an image to Facebook for review the other day. It had nothing to do with what’s happening here in Vanuatu. It depicted the blood-soaked, headless body of a child.