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The Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities (MIPU) aims to ensure the prosperity of all
people of Vanuatu. It will provide the high-quality infrastructure and services needed to support
the country’s economic and social development.

Our mandates include:

      • Maintain and upgrade transport networks to serve all rural and urban communities
        through inclusive and effective partnerships
    • Implement safety and security systems in compliance with Vanuatu laws and international
    • Provide leadership, governance and the necessary legal framework to ensure effective
      infrastructure development
    • Utilize resources and assets efficiently while adhering to principles of accountability and

(Photo: Located in Port Vila, the Nasituan Building houses the Ministry of Public Infrastructure & Public Utilities and related departments.)

Message from the Minister


Infrastructure development is fundamental to a sustainable and prosperous Vanuatu. Around 230, 000 people are scattered over about 80 widely distributed islands, and, as 80% of which live in the rural areas, they are somewhat heavily disadvantaged due to poor quality of infrastructure network. In order to prosper our people and businesses economically and socially, there is need for a safe and integrated transport infrastructure network of roads, wharves, airports and related services. Further, as far as safety of people is concerned, the government must endeavour to meet its obligations to comply with international standards. Due to our geography, we face the challenge of building and maintaining transport infrastructure and services efficiently and economically.


The government will continue to leverage partnerships with international donors, partner governments, the private sector and our communities. The synergy between the stakeholders and government contributes to policy developments and appropriate strategies to ensure equitable and efficient response to the needs of our people in both rural and urban areas. A strong and stable government is also required to respond to demands in cost-effective and timely manner.  


The government must ensure an economy based on equitable, sustainable growth that creates jobs and income earning opportunities accessible to all people in rural and urban areas. Thus, an integrated and accessible infrastructure network is required for connecting activities of all sectors of society. Our people expect the government to provide transport infrastructure for easy access to social services and to stimulate economic activities.


These expectations also grow with the growth of tourism, agriculture, and other key industries building back after the devastation of Cyclone Pam. Businesses also continuously need safe and reliable infrastructure network to enable them to be more productive and continue to deliver in support of the government. These developments will further impose immense demand for the provision of a sustainable infrastructure network and services throughout the country.


But our people expect limited government resources to be put to better use. In this environment of limited resources and tight fiscal boundaries, a sound policy driven environment is critical for the government to use its resources more efficiently. Through this plan I encourage my Ministry and its partners to rise to this challenge.


Hon. Claude Christophe Antonie Emelee,
Minister of Infrastructure & Public Utilties