The National Disaster Committee (NDC) has asked the Government to extend the State of Emergency (SOE) imposed for COVID-19, in order to respond to the immediate needs of families impacted by cyclone Harold.
Chairman of the Kava Industry Association, Michael Louze, has asked the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to allow the exportation of 15 tonnes of kava stocked in Port Vila so the exporters can continue to pay for kava from farmers who are now victims of the damage caused by cyclone…
The unprecedented public health emergency triggered by the COVID -19 pandemic and its multi-faceted impact on people’s lives around the world is taking a heavy toll on Asia and the Pacific.
With families kept in close quarters for four weeks through the lockdown, experts say they’re expecting an increase in family harm, and are asking everyone to keep safe and be kind.
A yacht with a lone skipper on board has been detained in Luganville, Santo, after RVS Turoroa responded to a distress call reported be the French Navy around midday yesterday (Friday).
The need for government to give attention to the situation of seasonal workers has been highlighted in two earlier Devpolicy blogs. This blog focuses on the problems Approved Employers in the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) are facing in coping with the current extraordinary situation of the…
As the outbreak of COVID-19 makes everyone around the world conscious of hygiene practices, hand sanitizers seem to be the main thing on people’s minds as they do their shopping.
The Chairman of the Prayer Assembly, Pastor Hezekiah Loloi says it is important that we the people of Vanuatu under our country’s Motto of “Long God Yumi Stanap”, are not scared of Coronavirus but understand and accept that it has been prophesied in the Bible 400 years before Jesus Christ was born.
A custom chief of Torba Province has criticized the delay to pay cheques to members of the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) in line with their requests to apply for personal loans against their savings application.
The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has ordered all remaining schools within Vanuatu which are still operating to suspend operations until the end of the State of Emergency (SoE).
The Australian Government has shared its response to the COVID-19 pandemic across the Pacific and challenges leaders and communities to support each other in this time of crisis.
The head of NDMO, Abraham Nasak, made the order of Censorship of information relating to COVID-19 and its prevention and containment measures under the State of Emergency Regulation to ensure that any information relating to COVID19 is verified by NDMO prior to it being published in the media.
One would swiftly assume that this convoy of military vehicles is transporting soldiers to another bloody war, as is customary these days, in this age of conflict. Not this time. These are actually truckloads of coffins of corpses killed by Covid-19. In Italy, the death toll has surpassed 12…
The Principal of Erakor Bilingual School, Mr. Kalfau Kalsakau is asking all parents who are yet to collect the Homeschool package for their children to go to the school and collect them.
The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) is supporting the government and people of Vanuatu by providing 12 units of container houses to be used as the Isolation Centre at the Vila Central Hospital (VCH).
The Reserve Bank of Vanuatu’s (RBV) Board of Directors reduced the RBV’s policy interest rate to 2.25 percent from 2.90 percent following the Bank’s assessment of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Vanuatu’s economy and RBV’s monetary policy settings. The Board also undertook additional poli…
The Tokyo Olympics will start on July 23,2021 and culminates on August 8 after being postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) will be releasing more than Vt100 million for 1,500 members who have submitted applications for the Hardship Loan last week.
Mayor of the Luganville Municipal Council (LMC), Peter Patty, has issued a final instruction to shops in Luganville Town to keep their goods at the normal price during the State of Emergency (SOE) or they will be shut down.
Following the national call by Caretaker Prime Minister Charlot Salwai to the nation regarding the threat posed by coronavirus which has already arrived in nearby Fiji and New Caledonia, the Vanuatu Christian Council President, Pastor Allan Nafuki has appealed to all member churches as well …
Town Clerk of the Port Vila Municipal Council (PVMC), Mr Peter Sakita, along with the Town Planners have decided to suspend all gatherings in restaurants in Port Vila.
The Bank South Pacific (BSP) is monitoring the evolving nature of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is arranging relief packages to assist customers during this period.
Two Norfolk families have hailed the extensive efforts of a travel agent and Foreign Office staff in helping bring their loved ones home from a Pacific island as a backpacking adventure was cut short by coronavirus travel bans.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has suspended all of its international events until the end of June and frozen its rankings because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Vanuatu Non-Government Organisation (VANGO) is calling on its members, particularly those located in Port Vila, to ensure they assist local authorities to disseminate accurate information on COVID-19 through their networks.
People are not allowed to travel to a different island in Vanuatu by ship during the two-weeks State of Emergency (SOE) as a measure to reduce the potential risk of the deadly coronavirus as it continues to spread globally.
Annually health systems across Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) demonstrate their resilience to acute external shocks.
Caretaker Minister for Climate Change, Bruno Leingkone, has formally requested the Office of the Maritime Regulator to suspend all inter-island shipping services in the next two weeks as part of the concerted efforts to eliminate the threat of coronavirus in Vanuatu.
Three SHEFA Provincial Government councilors have jointly donated 300 bags to different villages from North West to North Efate.
Christians should be ‘anchors of stability’ during times of trouble. A world church leader shared this encouragement thought over the weekend amid the chaos, panic and stress currently affecting us from COVID-19.
The Office of the Price Control Bureau (OPCB) is informing all business vendors across Vanuatu, particularly those in the retail, local produce and transport sectors, that fair trading is expected of them during the COVID-19 situation.
Members of the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) that lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis can access no-interest loans under the Members Financial Services Limited (MFSL) to support them financially.
A nation-wide State of Emergency (SOE) has been declared, with curfews imposed to restrict the operation of businesses, public transportation and fuel stations except essential services to halt the spread of coronavirus.
The people of Aneityum have raised disappointments over the numerous critics via social media platforms which have been tarnishing the name of the island as a whole.
On 26 March 2020 the President of Vanuatu signed a declaration for a State of Emergency (SOE) over the whole of Vanuatu for the next two weeks for purposes of strengthening prevention and containment measures in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. This press release explains its implic…
In response to yesterday’s front page article, South Sea Shipping’s Chief Executive Officer, John Tonner, says he is agitated and shocked to see the front page full of misinformation.
It has now been confirmed that a passenger on the Voyager of the Seas cruise ship which visited Aneityum on the 11th of March has tested positive with the COVID-19 virus upon arrival in Sydney.
The Northern Provincial Hospital (NPH) management has activated its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) as part of national prevention and preparedness measures against the Coronavirus pandemic currently gripping the world.
Since all schools in Shefa Province including Port Vila, closed down as a safety measure to combat the COVID-19, Central School has taken steps to create study packages for the students for the students so they can continue their lessons while they remain at home.