20190329 114021Sea, Land and Air: Moving Vanuatu's Citizens

    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.)



     Ran Karea,

    In the eve of this new year 2022, I am delighted again through this platform to introduce the development that the government wants to offer to our people in Vanuatu.

    The focus of the government is now on feeder road infrastructure as we want that by 2030, 80% of coverage of feeder road are being used around Vanuatu to support growth of the productive sector and local economy, with the aim of minimizing  urban drift and giving the people the opportunity to develop their own island with the vision and support of the government.

    Airports, Ports and roads are fundamental infrastructure developments for Vanuatu green economy and I am very optimist with a great team around me to enable the needs of the people through the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities (MIPU) and its stakeholders.

    I wish to send my profound gratitude to our foreign partners who have stand for ages with the government to enable many projects through MIPU that are today beneficial to the Government and people of Vanuatu, and I appreciate their continuous support to the Government on arising projects in the days, months and years to come.

    Covid 19 has been an obstacle for many countries in the pacific and around the world; however, for Vanuatu’s perspective, I believe the pandemic is a blessing to the Government and people of Vanuatu as it has given the opportunity for the Government in all its sectors to concentrate on capitalizing, sustaining and building up on its internal resources, thus paying regular visits to the islands to make ascertainment on ongoing infrastructure projects.

    May I encourage everyone who are partners with MIPU to continue to strive with the government to ensure all islands of Vanuatu are included  for new development of roads, airports and ports so that the people can also partner with the Government for a better economy growth in the next 10 to 20 years.

    The positive attitude is required for the betterment of our nation’s infrastructure and I am entrusted with a team of hardworking people who have shown to me during the past 2 years that we can achieve what we plan for, for the goodness of our nation and this through that patriotic spirit of  “Team Work” or “pulling long wan rope” which are MIPU’s working motto.

    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.

    It is my sincere wish that this platform provides you with the information you are expecting from MIPU as we journey together to give service back to our communities.

    Jay NGWELE (MP)

    Minister for Infrastructure and Public utilities

    MIPU Regulators

    There are two regulators under the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilties: Office of the Maritime Regulator and Commissioner of Maritime Affairs Office.


    Office of the Maritime Regulator

    Following four years of reforms in the Maritime Sector, a new independent government owned entity has been formed to regulate the maritime sector of Vanuatu. The office of the Maritime Regulator to operate as “Vanuatu Maritime Regulator” or VMR came into existence on the 1st of July 2017 under the provisions of its enabling legislation; the maritime sector regulatory Act No. 26 of 2016.

    For more information regarding the Office of the Maritime Regulator, please visit their website.


    Commissioner of Maritime Affairs Office

    Functions and powers of the Commissioner of Maritime Affairs Office are described under the Vanuatu Maritime Authority Act.  The proper management and oversight of maritime vessel registration (cargo, fishing, passenger and pleasure vessels) are a primary responsibilty of this is office.

    Vanuatu Maritime Authority Act no. 29 of 1998


    Maritime Commissioner

    Mr. Markmon J. A.. Batie


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    Phone: +678 22790

    MP: +678 775087

    Fax: +678 27714

    MIPU Departments

    There are three departments under the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilties: Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu, Department of Ports & Marine and Public Works Department. Find out more about each department below..


    Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu

    The Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu is a statutory body under the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities which oversees all aspects of the Republic of Vanuatu's civil aviation system including regulating access to the 30+ airports and landing which provide critical aviation infrastructure to the country's 65+ inhabited islands. CAAV's mandated purpose is to ensure the safety of all people who engage in, benefit from or otherwise may be impacted by civil aviation within the nation's sovereign airspace. This being the case, CAAV is also the primary regulator of autonomous flying drone operations within Vanuatu airspace.

    Civil Aviation Act of 1999 & 2005 (Consolidated 2006)

    Contact the Civil Aviation Authority

    PMB 9068
    Port Vila, Efate
    Phone: 22819
    Fax: 23889


    Department of Ports & Marine

    The Department of Ports and Marine, which is under Ministry of Infrastructure & Public Utilities, is responsible for the implementation of the Shipping and Ports Acts which regulates the Republic of Vanuatu's Ports of Entry, interior ports, the role of harobourmasters who oversee those ports and additional related aspects of maritime operations within the country. 

    Ports Act comprised of legislation dated 1957-1998 (Consolidated 2006)

    Contact the Depatment of Ports & Marine

    PMB 9046
    Port Vila, Efate
    Phone: 22339 / 33600
    Fax: 22475


    Public Works Department

    Public Works Department is dedicated to contributing to the achievement of the national development goals by providing safe, reliable and affordable infrastructure. Primary task of the department is to manage, maintain and develop the major national transport infrastructure assets – roads, ports and airports.

    For more information about Public Works Department visit www.pwd.gov.vu.

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