Vanuatu PM Salwai gets a new Office Building


Prime Minister Salwai accepting a custom ceremony from the Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs to pave way for his new office

By Richard Butler | 18th May 2016 |

Within just three months, apart from a Convention Centre Prime Minister Charlot Salwai (and his successors) also were handed a new office building concept last Saturday with the unveiling of an artist impression of the project.

With these buildings at the heart of Vanuatu, PM Salwai created a Historic event with a number of ceremonies to mark the decommissioning of the former French Residency Offices and also it marked the unveiling of a plaque by the Chinese and Vanuatu Government.

The construction company from China with Chinese builders on board made a remarkable presence at the Pacific Islands of Vanuatu with these fabulous buildings and their structures. From the Convention centre to Prime Minister’s Office their work had been pleasing to the eyes of the Government and helping in the growth of National bonding. The convention centre was designed by them three years ago and completed in under two years with 80 Chinese tradesman with builders travelling through Port Vila during the period. They also employed and trained 100 local nationals to work as a labour for them.

Prime Minister Salwai cutting the ribbon to officially open the temporary premises as his new Office

Prime Minister Salwai cutting the ribbon to officially open temporary premises as his new Office

Convention Centre as seen by Daisy the Drone

Convention Centre as seen by Daisy the Drone

Richard Butler

Besides Co-Editor here, Richard is Co-Editor at and has written a popular book on Vanuatu, How the WTO Will Change Vanuatu and How You Can Escape to this South Pacific Island Paradise available on Richard is a Resort and residential property developer, marketer, and project construction manager who fell in love with the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu and for 3 years 2012 to May 2015 has been a successful Trade Commissioner for the Republic of Vanuatu. So successful that the government reappointed him in April 2017 for a further 3-year term!

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