Businesses pay commission to Ministers

Some private companies in Port Vila are paying commissions to Ministers and their directors for contracts by the Vanuatu Government.

The practice of paying Ministers commissions has been a debate in Nakamals and social media for some time and it is a widely known practice inside public institutions in Vanuatu.

One public servant who wished to remain unanimous says “Companies do pay anyone with a rank in the public sector a lot of money. Some get paid commissions for approving their Ministries to buy cars from car dealers, whilst others get commissions from awarding certain contracts to big companies.

The practice is growing as private businesses offer commission’s to Ministers and public servants for purchase or approvals. One certain Minister was reported to have received nearly two million commission for approving the purchase of seven vehicles to one car dealer.

Contractors are also accusing Directors inside the public service for being bias in approving contracts and also say the selection sometimes is based on self interest as directors are promised huge sums as commissions by the private companies.