The signing ceremony was marked by the speech of the minister of public utilities, Jotham Napat:
Today marks another major development milestone for Vanuatu and its people.Today marks the end of the procurement process whereby after a very lengthy, arduous and under the World Bank’s strict procurement guidelines and independent process the Government of Vanuatu has finally managed to conclude its desire to implement the upgrades for Bauerfield International Airport runway. Today’s signing ceremony is significant because it could potentially trigger economic development to levels that are going to be unprecedented in Vanuatu because Bauerfield being the gateway, facilitates 80 percent of tourists and visitors and contributes 40 percent of the GDP, is going to have the capacity to accommodate long haul flights and enable Vanuatu to target a significantly greater tourist market.In 2016, approximately 95,000 visitors have arrived into Vanuatu showing an increase of over 10 % from 2015, Post Pam and Post Runway rehabilitation and the International Visitors Survey (IVS) confirms a total of USD 145 million was poured into the economy and created 37 % employment.
All this is bound to increase because of this project. Today the Government of Vanuatu is executing the Lot 1 Contract Award for Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project for Bauerfield International Airport Runway Rehabilitation with the successful contractor joint venture international consortium of the CHINA CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION COMPANY and NORTHWEST CIVIL AVIATION AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION COMPANY.The value of the contract is USD 47,660,000 (Forty Seven Million Six Hundred and Sixty Thousand Vatu covering works on Runway, Apron and related infrastructures.
The duration of the project will be 340 daysThe contractors are to work with Airports Vanuatu Limited and Air Vanuatu to identify operational windows for construction works, to avoid disruption of normal airline services and ensuring Bauerfield International Airport continues to operate normally in the duration of the project.
The government would like to stress this project is of paramount importance and its completion is its utmost priority.
The Award contract for Lot 2 for Rehabilitation Runway and Terminal Improvements for Santo Pekoa International Airport and Tanna Whitegrass Airport is being finalized and will be concluded for my signing within the next week or two.
VAIP is funded by soft loan under the auspices of Pacific Aviation Investment Program of the World Bank.
It constitutes five separate components.Lot 1 and Lot 2 come under Component A which covers Aviation Infrastructure Investments valued at USD 55 Million.Component B is the Aviation Sector reform and Training valued at USD 1.1 Million Dollars,Component C covers Strengthening Airport Operations and Management Capacity at USD 900,000.
Component D covers Transport Infrastructure Repairs Post TC Pam USD 5.3 Million, and
Component E covers Project Implementation Support of USD 2 Million.
All five components are currently underway as we speak.
VAIP ensures there is a strict contract management mechanism in place and the contract is going be supervised by another international engineering supervision company whose contract is currently being finalized and to be executed shortly.The supervising contract is to be managed by the Vanuatu Project Management Unit in conjunction with World Bank’s Technical Fiduciary Services Unit which provides technical support to the PAIP.The Government of Vanuatu would like to acknowledge the World Bank, VPMU and AVl for their efforts and as well commending CCECC and North West for accepting the challenge and the award of contract.
Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you for your attention and God Bless you all.
HCECC Here is the speech of the represe and Northwest Civil Airport Construction Group Joint Venture and Vanuatu government signed the contract agreement to rehabilitate the runway of Bauerfield International Airport , this morning, Friday 12th May.
Here is the speeche of the representative of the two companies, Liang King:
"MayGood morning. It’s my great honor to be here today at the contract signing ceremony for the Rehabilitation of Runway, Aprons and Related Infrastructure for Bauerfield Airport. On behalf of the Contractor, I would like to express my sincere congratulation to the Government and people of Vanuatu for the commencement of this project an extend warm greetings and best regards to the distinguished guests present today.
First of all, I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the Government and people of Vanuatu who have shown great trust and confidence by awarding this significant and historical project to CCECC and Northwest Civil Airport Construction Group Joint Venture. I would also like to extent my heartfelt appreciation to the World Bank for financing this project.
CCECC has an international reputation in the Engineering and Construction sector, undertaking major projects all across the world, from Africa to Asia, and to the South Pacific. The company offers high-quality design and construction services. And has successfully constructed wharfs, schools, airport terminals, gymnasium and constructed many roads and railways all over the world.
The Rehabilitation of Runway, Aprons and Related Infrastructure for Bauerfield Airport Project is not the first project we have embarked on in Vanuatu and is not the last as the Company believes it can sustain a mutually-beneficial presence in this Country. We believe that this project will help boost the local economy of the country, growing the tourism sector and providing employment opportunities.
Furthermore, I wish to inform you, distinguished guests that CCECC and NCAACG will bring in a professional technical and management team including skilled workers to ensure that our Project will be of the highest standard. We are committed to meeting the deadline for this project which is why we will be deploying key personnel and machinery from China to Vanuatu after the signing today. We also have a firm construction program that has been drawn up reflecting actual construction conditions to ensure the project is delivered on schedule and within budget.
During the progress of the project, CCECC and NCAACG has the promise to abide by the Laws of the Republic of Vanuatu and respect local cultures and traditions. Most importantly, we will fulfill our relative social responsibilities.
Excellencies, I firmly believe, under the leadership and supervision of the Government and people of Vanuatu, Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Vanuatu Project Management Unit and the board and management of Airports Vanuatu Limited, we can implement this significant project for the benefit of the citizens of this wonderful nation".
Oath and handing of official appointment of new Vanuatu Police Commissioner took place this morning at State Office. The new commissioner is Albert Nalpini from the island of Tanna. The ceremony was followed by the handing over of the key by the acting police commissioner, Robson Iavro. It has been years that Vanuatu Police Force has been on acting basis.
Vanuatu commemorated EU Day on 9th May 2017. Here is the official of Mr Leonidas Tezapsidis:
"I would first like to thank the Ambassador of France and his good wife, my friends Gilles and Afida, for hosting this event at the Residence. It could not happen at a busier time of their national calendar, given last Sunday’s presidential election. Tropical cyclone Donna has not made things easier! I am particularly happy to be with you this evening. Celebrating Europe’s Day in Port Vila is proof that, even without permanent presence, the EU is close to Vanuatu and listens to the pulse of its citizens. A promise of continuous support and attention that I gave you, Mr President, when I presented to you my credentials in October 2014. Today we remember and celebrate the “birth” of the European Union. 67 years ago, on 9th May 1950, Foreign Minister of France, Robert Schuman, made a revolutionary declaration. He proposed to place the coal and steel production of France and Germany under a common Authority, the “European Coal and Steel Community”. He also invited other European countries to join in. Schuman’s declaration should be seen in its historical context. In 1950, European nations were struggling to overcome the devastation of World War II, which had ended only 5 years earlier. Pooling and jointly managing materials used in war, was meant to end age-old divisions and make wars between former enemies “unthinkable and materially impossible”. Schuman’s idea became reality two years later. In March 1957, sixty years ago, two additional treaties were signed in Rome setting up the “European Economic Community” and the “European Atomic Energy Community”. These supranational institutions would become part of today's "European Union". EU’s motto has been "United in diversity". Our diversity has been our richness; our unity, our greatest strength. However, building unity from diversity is not easy. It is far more difficult in a Union of 28 Member States than the initial one of 6. It requires constant cooperation, patient negotiations and compromise for the common interest. The virtues of compromise and solidarity have advanced European integration over the decades. "Solidarity" has been the secret of our success. It was combined with tolerance and respect for our differences: cultural, linguistic, racial, religious. 2 But this solidarity and unity have been severely tested lately. One may even ask whether the EU still has good reasons to celebrate, given the problems and threats that we are currently facing: wars and trouble spots in Europe’s immediate neighbourhood; acts of terrorism; a refugee crisis; internal economic inequalities; rising anti-EU sentiments; and BREXIT negotiations, following the outcome of last June’s referendum in the UK. My answer is yes, we do have reasons to celebrate! Sixty years after the signature of the Rome Treaties, the Union is the world’s largest project of peace, rewarded with a Nobel Peace Prize in 2012; and of prosperity, with 500 million EU citizens producing the world’s highest GDP. The EU is also the world’s first trading partner and the first donor of humanitarian and development aid. Our project has brought about protection for workers, and opportunities for business; freedom for citizens to speak, to move, to vote, to choose their own destiny; and for Member States, even to leave the Union! Our project has been based on a common commitment to fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law: principles that we are prepared to protect and defend when they are threatened or violated. Today we celebrate EU’s achievements, but we cannot rest on our laurels. Peace and prosperity can no longer be taken for granted, especially in today’s globalizing world and continuous technological change that impacts heavily on incomes and employment. EU institutions, policies and methods clearly need reforms. Changes are necessary. They are possible and are happening. For instance, in the security and defence fields, there has been more progress in the last 12 months than in the last sixty years. The existential threats that Europe is now facing come primarily from within our own borders. The dangers and risks are great, but hopefully politicians will come to understand that we are at risk when we build walls, instead of tearing them down; and that we need leadership, not populism; the kind of leadership and vision that Europe's fathers, like Robert Schuman, had demonstrated. The results of the recent presidential and legislative elections in Austria, the Netherlands and France are encouraging. Internal crises have in fact demonstrated EU’s resilience. While the UK’s decision to leave the Union is clearly a tragedy, BREXIT has brought a renewed commitment of the remaining 27 to stick together. Together is the only way we can face the challenges of our times. The choice of a stronger EU in the world belongs to us. The choice of a more just, more secure and more equal Europe. This is what Europe’s Day is all about: not the future of the EU’s institutions, but the future of every single European citizen. In the current global environment, our friends around the world look at the EU as a reliable superpower for peace and human development; as essential partner in the fight against climate change. We also understand that peace and prosperity in the EU can only be lasting if they can be shared equitably within the Union and with partners around the world: in Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. 3 Our relations with developing partners are no longer focused on development cooperation alone. They cover a broad spectrum of issues that we discuss in the framework of our regular political dialogue: from political developments, to economic and trade policy, as we did successfully with Vanuatu in Brussels last January. Our aim is to achieve better mutual understanding, leading to improved political and economic governance, as well as social standards. The Prime Minister has underlined the importance that his Government attaches to inclusive and sustainable growth. Priorities include education, health, water and sanitation, infrastructure and, last but not least, rural and agricultural development. Private sector is a key engine for economic growth, hence the importance of an environment conducive to private local and foreign investment. The EU can only subscribe and offer its support to efforts aimed at improving livelihoods, creating jobs and helping diversify Vanuatu's economy, notably in the agricultural sector. We are also keen to pursue our close partnership on climate change and disaster risk management, both at bilateral and multilateral level, given the country’s extreme vulnerability to climate change and natural hazards. We also provide general and sectoral budget support, bringing substantial financial resources to the treasury for the implementation of public policies. This requires continued efforts to improve public finance management; and a policy dialogue that demonstrates the Government's commitment to improve transparency and accountability in the use of its budget. Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, The European project has shown that we can achieve reconciliation, peace and prosperity by overcoming divisions, uniting former enemies, pulling down national frontiers and striving for a common European, rather than narrow national interest. We can share a lot with Vanuatu, a young multi-ethnic democracy with unique diversity, including the lessons of successes and failures of European integration. Dear friends, Let us raise a glass together to Peace, Prosperity, Friendship and Solidarity between the peoples of Europe and Vanuatu".