10 Mar 2015

Vanuatu building project in Fiji cancelled

7:21 am on 10 March 2015

A plan in Vanuatu to build an foreign embassy in Suva and apartments for its university students in Fiji has been cancelled.

Young men in Vanuatu.

Young men in Vanuatu. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Last year the Vanuatu National Provident Fund signed an agreement with a Fiji developer, Mike Li, to carry out the project on behalf of the Fund.

But the Fund Chairman, Simil Johnson, says the board has cancelled the plans after learning about land law changes in Fiji.

In Fiji's urban areas, it's impossible for foreigners to own land.

Our correspondent says the more than 100 ni-Vanuatu students studying at the University of the South Pacific's Laucala campus in Suva have been complaining about a lack of decent housing to protect them from criminals.