Carcasses Government releases “100 Day” list

Here’s the full text of the Carcasses Government’s “100 Day List”, a list of policy objectives and directives for its first 100 days in government. [Can someone please remind the Prime Minister’s Office that the official name of the Republic of Vanuatu, in all official languages is VANUATU, not the abominable “Vanouatou”, which while perhaps phonetically correct for french speakers (this too is debatable), changing the name is completely unconstitutional.] But we digress… here’s a downloadable version of the 100 Days List (PDF, 1.2Mb), and here is the full text:

Port Vila, 10th April 2013

As Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, I, Honourable Moana Kalosil CARCASSES, hereby present the “100 Days List”, being a list of measures to be achieved and completed within the first 100 days of my government.

I expect all Ministries to comply with these directives.

PORTFOLIO CHANGES

  1. Removal of Civil Aviation Ministry and re-instatement of Ministry of Youth Development, Training & Sports
  2. Amalgamation of MOT and MNVB into new Ministry of Tourism and Commerce
  3. Creation of new Ministry of Climate Change Adaptation, Geohazards, Meteorology and Energy
  4. Reshuffling of some departments and responsibilities between Ministries for better service delivery


AID FUNDED PRIORITIES

  1. Relocate Chinese convention centre from Parliament Park
  2. Begin negotiations with donors for payment of all outstanding severance pay for government workers, including police, teachers and health personnel

LEGISLATIVE CHANGES

  1. Hold an extra-ordinary session of parliament in first 100 days to make amendments required in this 100 Day List

BUDGET CHANGES

  1. Hold an extra-ordinary session of parliament in first 100 days to make changes to 2013 Appropriation to resource changes identified in this 100 Day List

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES

  1. Hold an extra-ordinary session of parliament in first 100 days to make two changes to the Constitution:
  • Amend article 30(2) of the Constitution to require the approval of the full council of the Malvatumauri for any new laws likely to affect land or custom (change “may” to “shall”)
  • Amend article 21(4) on parliamentary quorum to prevent Parliament meeting on Saturdays or Sundays

BY PORTFOLIO

1. PRIME MINISTER

  1. Issue an order to all Ministers and all DG”s that no Government-funded overseas trips are to be undertaken without authorization from the Prime Minister
  2. Assess and reconstitute membership of boards of all Government and statutory bodies
  3. Replace the Attorney General
  4. Appoint a new Police Commissioner and organize custom ceremonies to re-unify the different factions in the VPF
  5. Advertise the position and appoint a new Public Relations Officer (PRO)
  6. Advertise the position and appoint a new Political Adviser to the Prime Minister
  7. Assessment and re-positioning or replacement of DG’s
  8. Establish a “Public Concerns Monitoring Group” headed by the Ombudsman with secretarial support from the Office of the Ombudsman and comprised of representatives from VANGO, VCC, VCCI, Malvatumauri, Auditor General’s Office and others, with a mandate to identify and raise key issues of public concern with the Government, to advise and assist the Government to address these concerns, and to liaise with the public. This group also able to receive submissions on such issues
  9. Review and amend all allowances’ rates for the public service and political staff
  10. Amend the Ombudsman Act to re-instate the power of the Ombudsman to institute a civil case against a leader to recover misappropriated funds
  11. Amend the Leadership Code Act to remove the prerequisite requirement for conviction under the Penal Code for conviction for breach of the Leadership Code
  12. Insert a new section into the Ombudsman Act to allow anyone, including the Ombudsman, to prosecute a leader for breach of the Leadership Code if the Public Prosecutor has not commenced proceedings three months after issuing of a Report alleging breaches
  13. Put in place a comprehensive vehicle policy for all of Government to address excessive expenditure on vehicles, vehicle maintenance and fuel
  14. Establish high-level ‘Constitutional Review for Political Reform’ Committee and complete consultation with all political parties on amendment of Constitution to reform the political system, ready for wider consultation
  15. Endorsement and publication of new vision and mission statements for each ministry
  16. Publication of draft 5-year Development Plan (to replace PAA, PLAS, etc) for further consultation and comment
  17. Hold at least one COM meetings in a rural location
  18. Establish Vanuatu Investment Limited to oversee all revenue-generating government companies
  19. Commission an independent review on the PSC and the public service, for the purpose of overhauling the structure and functioning of the PSC to achieve better outcomes from the PSC itself and from public servants
  20. Establish a commission of inquiry to investigate and audit all Vanuatu citizenships granted and Vanuatu passports issued and cancel all citizenships granted which do not meet the requirements of the Constitution and the law
  21. Amend laws to prevent granting of citizenship without having lived 10 years in Vanuatu
  22. Publish a draft policy paper for public comment on a proposed amendment of the Constitution to provide for dual nationality

2. FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND EXTERNAL TRADE

  1. Termination of DCA agreement with Indonesia
  2. Declaration of support for full membership of MSG for West Papua
  3. Remove diplomatic status of Mme Goiset
  4. Review all appointments of ambassadors, consuls, trade representatives, etc
  5. Publish review of costs and benefits of the MSG Trade Agreement for Vanuatu
  6. Amend laws to formalize participation of VCCI in all trade negotiations

3. FINANCE AND ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT

  1. Establish MBC and begin revision of budget to be passed at an Extraordinary Sitting of Parliament within 100 days
  2. Publish audit reports on VNPF, Tafea Mini Arts Festival, CDF
  3. Audit the Hong Kong-based PR program (Permanent Residency scheme)
  4. Audit and review the VFSC
  5. Publish policy paper on creation of Government Asset Registry. Source aid funding for short-term project to establish Government Asset registry, including establishment of database and training of staff
  6. Amend law to remove requirement to pay VAT and duty from charities and expand definition of charities
  7. Amend law to provide incentives under VAT and duty requirements to encourage recycling and waste reduction
  8. Repeal Vanuatu Agriculture Bank Act and find means to provide Government funding through the National Bank of Vanuatu (NBV) for agricultural and development projects

4. EDUCATION

  1. Refinance scholarships budget so all Vangov students get allocated funds on time for the rest of the year
  2. Pass legislation to legally establish merit-based selection system for awarding of scholarships that is free from political interference

5. LANDS, ENVIRONMENT, MINES & WATER RESOURCES

  1. Publish policy paper and legislative priorities for land reform before 90 days (with Ministry of Justice and Social Welfare)
  2. Initiate high-level working group to start negotiating expansion of Port Vila Municipal boundary
  3. Establish draft urban master plan for Port Vila and publish for wider comment (plan incorporating public and green spaces, government buildings, sports facilities, second and third commercial centre, cemetery, market site)
  4. Establish policy to encourage recycling and waste reduction

6. INFRASTRUCTURE AND PUBLIC UTILITIES

  1. Publish draft National Building Code and draft Building Act for public comment
  2. Table the Vanuatu Infrastructure Strategic Investment Plan [VISIP] in the Council of Ministers

7. INTERNAL AFFAIRS

  1. Amend law and regulations to strengthen protection of jobs for citizens
  2. Freeze issue of new bus and taxi licenses and publish new draft policy regulating the public transport sector for public comment
  3. Amend immigration laws to proscribe forms to be used, establish guidelines for issuance of travel documents, clearly establish who will process applications, create new “temporary business” visa category, clarify visa renewal procedures

8. AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, FORESTRY, FISHERIES AND BIOSECURITY

  1. Repeal the Chamber of Agriculture Act and return it’s functions to the Chamber of Commerce

9. TOURISM, TRADE, COMMERCE AND NI-VANUATU BUSINESS

  1. Establish policy and commence steps to repeal VIPA and place investment promotion function with the Chamber of Commerce
  2. Publish policy paper on introducing requirement for 51%-local joint ventures in all foreign investments (except in certain identified sectors)
  3. Review the COM Policy passed in 2011 and then establish a new policy to stop any new foreign investment in the wholesale and retail sector and restructure the sector to restrict the operation of foreign-owned wholesale and retail shops already existing and reserve the sector for ni-Vanuatu small businesspeople

10. HEALTH

  1. Review the proposed new structure of the Ministry of Health proposed in 2010-11, make further revisions as required and then publish for public comment

11. JUSTICE AND SOCIAL WELFARE

  1. Publish policy paper and legislative priorities for land reform before 90 days (with Ministry of Lands and Rural Water Supply)
  2. Amend National Council of Chiefs Act to define the role of the President and to recognize the New Caledonia Vanuatu community Council of Chiefs
  3. Establish committee to assess compensation claim for Ambrym-Tanna conflict (Port Vila 1997), as per COM Paper already passed in 2011, as a pilot for establishing a process for dealing with all compensation claims against the State

12. YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, TRAINING AND SPORTS

  1. Source part of the funding for the 2017 Mini Games facilities

13. CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION, GEOHAZARDS, METEOROLOGY AND ENERGY

  1. Complete establishment of the new Ministry

14. SPEAKER

  1. Appoint new Clerk of Parliament and—budget permitting—new staff
  2. Complete consultations on new Standing Orders, ready to approve in Parliament

Thank you for your cooperation.

[Signature and official seal]

Honourable Moana Kalosil CARCASSES

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