Vanuatu daily news digest | 29 May 2014

The Natuman Government has announced its strong support for the struggle of the people of West Papua and those of Kanaky for their freedom. PM Natuman made the position clear when he appointed former PM and DPM Edward Nipake Natapei to spearhead the work of de-colonisation on behalf of the Vanuatu Government, Radio Vanuatu News reported this morning.

Vanuatu is described as the second biggest Pacific tourist destination after New Caledonia, according to the executive director of Cruise Lines International Association Neil Linwood, in Daily Post today. He sees the hydrographic surveys being undertaken and electronic charts of island ports as important but stresses the need for Vanuatu’s infrastructure to be able to handle the frequency and size of the ships visiting. He recently ran a workshop for stakeholders at the Reserve Bank.

A VIPA Office for Luganville will be set up in the Customs Department offices in the Millennium Building in a move for a "one stop shop" for foreign investors in the northern town. They are said to be appreciative of the proposal which will save them trips to Port Vila.

The biggest garage sale ever is on at Saralana, all day today, with all sorts of second hand household goods on sale. Fund raising will help purchase of equipment for the disabled. Today is also heralded as a family fun day and there are stalls for food and drink sales. Epauto School has planned a family day to raise school funds today. Food and drink are available and there will be superb SDA singing on Ascension Day today.