Vanuatu daily news digest | 25 January 2014Posted: January 25, 2014
Ulrich Sumptoh from Central Pentecost (UMP) is the new Mayor of Port Vila. Leimara Malachi (VP) his deputy. All 17 councillors were present yesterday and the vote took place by secret ballot.
Following the announcement this week that the new citizenship provisions of the Constitution are in place, Daily Post has news today that an office of the Vanuatu Australian Connection Inc is providing families in Australia with information concerning dual citizenship. These are the families of those persons ‘blackbirded’ to work on Queensland sugar farms.
The restriction on buses entering the CBD of Port Vila has been put on hold according to the Port Vila Municipal Council (PVMC) and Port Vila Efate Land Transport Assn (PVELTA). "Technical issues" with the decision to have such a trial emerged.
Of particular interest in today’s Daily Post is a letter from Jimmy Andeng concerning the seminar a week ago in which the former trade economist Dr Dan Gay saw CRP as a failure from any point of view. Dan Gay said that in the wake of the introduction of CRP, Vanuatu "had a major recession" instead of the 5.8% growth in GDP predicted at the outset. Jimmy Andeng, however, points out certain successes of CRP which are unlikely to be contested by Gay, but Andeng has entirely different reasons to Gay’s for the Asian Development Bank leaving the country. This certainly needs further clarification. The one point I would make (as writer of the Post story, although I did not make this point therein, nor did it emerge in the seminar) is the depressing manner in which CRP left agriculture, field assistants greatly reduced in number. Ministers of agriculture only now seem to be trying to redress the shortcomings in agricultural development. This is surely an area in which there should have been more consultation with the stakeholders, the essence of Gay’s argument.