Vanuatu Project Management Unit (VPMU) comes directly under the Prime Minister’s Office. The Unit was established in 2012 through a Council of Minister’s resolution, specifically to manage and administrate major government infrastructure projects; and to coordinate and facilitate project funds between government and its various funding partners.

As you can appreciate, VPMU is responsible for managing and providing oversight duties over more than Vt26 billion-vatu-worth of infrastructure projects. They include the Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project (VTIP), Port Vila Lapetasi International Multi-Purpose Wharf Project, Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP), Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project (VAIP) and Vanuatu Inter-Island Shipping Support Project (VISSP). 

These are no small tasks by any stretch of imagination, especially given the size of the Unit and the human resources at its disposal.

Our funding partners and donors, apart from the Vanuatu government include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and multi-lateral institutions and/or agencies such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) – all of whom collaborate to translate government policies and aspirations into tangible outcomes that aim to bring about economic benefits and enhance the social wellbeing of our people and residents alike. 

Since 2016, the VPMU team has been delighted key projects have finally gotten off the ground. They include the Vt10 billion-valued Port Vila Lapetasi International Multi-Purpose Wharf Development Project, the Vt1.4 billion Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project, the Vanuatu Inter-Island Shipping Support Project (Vt5 billion), the long awaited Port Vila Urban Development Project (Vt4 billion), and Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project (Vt6 billion), of which initial emergency repair works by New Zealand contractors, Fulton Hogan, were completed on April 18th. 

While Vanuatu has been severely battered; and still reeling from the impacts of tropical cyclone Pam in 2015 and the El Nino effects, we have no doubts about the country bouncing back economically once all key infrastructure projects are successfully completed and fully utilised. Already, economic forecasts indicate the economy will achieve 3.8% growth rate by 2017, thanks to these infrastructure projects and others.

Undoubtedly, members of the public and visitors can look forward to a much more improved image of Port Vila come 2018 and onwards; with the Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project project nicely shaping up, and the bumpy-potholed-roads of Port Vila finally being given a new lease of life under the Port Vila Urban Development Project. 

In addition, business and trade can also expect a major boost once the new Lapetasi multi-purpose wharf is completed; hopefully by October 2017. 

We are confident Vanuatu can live up to its billing as the pearl of the South Pacific region!


Johnson Wabaiat

Program Director

Vanuatu Project Management Unit (VPMU)