November 18, 2020

The Government, through the Council of Ministers (COM) has endorsed the recommendation of the National Disaster Committee (NDC) to lift temporary travel restrictions issued over Efate and its offshore islands. The recommendation was endorsed after the 17 close contacts and 12 others with potential occupational exposure to the confirmed case all tested negative twice for COVID-19. Upon receiving the confirmation of the negative test res ...

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October 27, 2020

The Cybercrime Bill will be tabled in Parliament next month. The final consultation regarding the National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) that was with the private sector and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) was held at the Chiefs Nakamal in Port Vila last week. The nationwide public discussion led by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and other stakeholders began in August, concluding in October, and the ...

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Labour Department yet to receive report on SWP worker in car accident

October 21, 2020

Vanuatu’s Department of Labour has yet to receive an official report on the car accident involving a Ni-Vanuatu seasonal worker in Australia last weekend. It was alleged the worker was driving a vehicle without a valid driving licence and has been detained by police. “Our officials are working on obtaining a direct report from Australia on the alleged car accident, although we have seen photos of the same accident that was said to ...

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October 20, 2020

As borders remain close because of COVID-19 restrictions, a unique repatriation happened this week in Port Vila with Vanuatu Fisheries Observer, Joshua Paolo, reportedly being the first person to be repatriated from abroad by sea. The 95-metre Panama-flagged Fish Carrier Reefer, Shin Ho Chun 102 3FEQ5, called into Port Vila harbour specifically for the repatriation of Mr. Paolo, who served on board the vessel as a Fisheries Observer in t ...

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October 19, 2020

The Council of Ministers (COM) has approved for the Government to provide an additional Vt200 million to cover its cost obligations in the Airbus Purchase Agreement committed by the previous Air Vanuatu Board. This was conveyed by the Minister of Finance, Johnny Koanapo, after yesterday’s COM Meeting at Lakatoro on Malekula. Prior to the COM Meeting, Minister Koanapo had announced that a Commission of Inquiry (COI) will be appointed ...

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Clarification: Visitors never allowed in quarantine facilities

October 08, 2020

An article published on page 14 in the weekend edition reported New Nations political Party President, Roro Sambo voicing his concern over purported visits by friends and families to repatriates in quarantine facilities. To set the record straight, visitors have never been allowed in quarantine facilities. No visitation is permitted by family members or anyone outside of health staff members during the quarantine period. Family members ar ...

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No Budget: Wolbachia Programme Stopped

October 07, 2020

The World Mosquito Programme’s Wolbachia Project that involved introducing a bacterium to the Aedes Aegypti mosquito to render it sterile from Dengue Virus has come to a halt due to lack in financing. The mosquitoes were given the bacterial strain in 2018 and released in 12 separate locations around Efate in 2019 to infiltrate wild mosquitoes and pass on the strain, narrowing the odds of anyone becoming infected with Dengue virus. De ...

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Vanuatu revealed as the third most remote location for a quiet vacation

October 01, 2020

As social distancing becomes part of our new normal, taking into consideration the number of people we’ll be in contact with has jumped to the top of the priority list for many. Official-Canada-eta.com has analysed 169 countries against the number of arrivals and the population density to determine the most remote locations for a quiet break. The data ranked Vanuatu as the third most remote location for a quiet vacation. With people ...

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VNPF Retenders Contract For Former Club Vanuatu

September 30, 2020

The Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) Board will be awarding a contract to a new contractor soon to complete renovation of the former Club Vanuatu building in the heart of Port Vila Town. VNPF has retendered the contract for the property renovation after works were stopped due to structural issues which required re-designing. Previous construction works were conducted by Island Construction Ltd. advertisement General Manager ( ...

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