Vanuatu aviation sector receives boost in funding

<p>In a statement, Vanuatu's finance minister Gaetan Pikioune said the government requested the additional funding to ensure the continued upgrade of the country's main international airport in Port Vila.</p>

<p>The bank's country director for the Pacific, Michel Kerf, said aviation is critical to Vanuatu's economy, providing essential links for tourism, trade, disaster response and recovery.</p>

<p>The $US14.1 million will be funded through a $US9.5 million credit, and a $US4.6 million grant from the International Development Association, the World Bank's fund for the world's poorest countries.</p>

<p>The total funding for the aviation investment project, including support from the Australian government, is now at $US73.9 million.</p>

<p><em>Photo:&nbsp;RNZ</em></p>