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.
Until 2018, VPMU was responsible for managing and providing oversight duties over more than Vt26 billion-vatu-worth of infrastructure projects. They included 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 others – 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 that key projects finally got off the ground. They included the Vt10 billion-valued Port Vila Lapetasi International Multi-Purpose Wharf Development Project which- opened in February 2018, the Vt1.4 billion Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project - opened in September 1 2017, the Vanuatu Inter-Island Shipping Support Project (Vt5 billion), the 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 2016.
Commencing in 2018, we have taken on the Vanuatu Energy Access Project valued at Vt1.5 billion and funded by the Asian Development Bank, the Strategic Climate Fund and the Vanuatu Government. This project will greatly boost the economy and improve the livelihood of the people of North West Malekula once completed by 2021. This project is being implemented on behalf of the Ministry of Climate Change and the Department of Energy.
While Vanuatu has been severely battered severely by cyclone Pam in 2015 and the El Nino effects that followed, we have had no doubts about the country bouncing back economically once all key infrastructure projects are successfully completed and fully utilised.
Undoubtedly, members of the public and visitors have been enjoying a much more improved Port Vila since September 2017, with the Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project project proving highly popular since the grand opening, and the bumpy-potholed-roads of Port Vila finally given a new lease of life under the Port Vila Urban Development Project.
In addition, business and trade have witnessed firsthand a major boost in their operations with the new Lapetasi multi-purpose wharf now completed and operational
We are confident Vanuatu can live up to its billing as the pearl of the South Pacific region!