16 Feb 2011

Red tape snags Vanuatu cyclone aid

2:28 pm on 16 February 2011

Bureaucracy is alleged to be holding up aid for the victims of Cyclone Vania in Vanuatu's southern Tafea Province.

The National Disaster Management Office says relief supplies were due to be sent from Port Vila yesterday but were delayed because they hadn't been signed off by the government's executive.

Vanuatu's regulations require any government spending of more than five million vatu, or just over 100,000 US dollars, to go through the tender process.

About 700,000 US dollars has been allocated for the cyclone victims and the Tender Board has now submitted its decision to the Council of Ministers for final approval.