Prime Minister slams Financial Intelligence Unit for freezing 2017 Pacific Games bank account, confirms full Govt support for VAN2017

Logo of the 2017 Vanuatu Pacific Games

A new statutory body has been created to enable VAN2017 to resume its management of the 2017 Vanuatu Pacific Games, due to take place this time next year. VAN2017 was set up as a charitable organisation, but the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) froze their bank account, seemingly arbitrarily, following a series of Council of Ministers decisions which appear to aimed at wresting control away from the organising committee and back to the Government.

Daily Post reports today that Prime Minister Charlot Salwai has strongly criticised the FIU’s actions, writing in a letter to the FIU Manager that “there is no clear evidence that VAN2017 has been engaged in any fraudulent actions or that state funds have been misused in any way… I am deeply concerned that Read the rest of this entry »


Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific visits; Supreme Court ruling in conspiracy case due

Australian Senator Fierravanti-Wells visited the Malampa handicraft centre in Lakatoro today and saw how Australian aid has assisted women in small business on Malekula. Photo: Australian Govt/Twitter

Australian Senator Fierravanti-Wells visited the Malampa handicraft centre in Lakatoro today to view how Australian aid is assisting women in small business on Malekula. Photo: Australian Govt/Twitter

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Level 1 Volcanic Alert for Vanua Lava volcano; By-election for Malo/Aore on 29 June

Image of Vanua Lava taken from 398km above the Earth. Suratamata is at the top centre. Photo: NASA

Image of Vanua Lava taken in 2003 from 398km above the Earth. Suratamatai is at top centre. Photo: NASA

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Video: Giving disabled children a voice in Vanuatu

An uplifting story, for a change: Vanessa, a young disabled girl, describes her life in a rural village in Vanuatu.

The video was produced by Project Zero, a global organisation that looks for ways to improve the daily lives and legal rights of people with disabilities.

According to Project Zero, children like Vanessa

“often experience communication barriers, and data suggests that as a result they experience significant disadvantages, including: diminished rates of school attendance, retention, and advancement; lower rates of employment; increased poverty; and poor access to health care and assistive devices. Furthermore, governments and service providers do not seek the views of children with disabilities because they are often viewed as too hard to engage.”

In response, Project Zero has been helping give children with disabilities the means to communicate about their life priorities and about human rights issues affecting them, using information and communications technology (ICT).