Vanuatu daily news digest | 12 June 2014

Prime Minister Natuman drew attention to the link provided by the Tafea / Kanaky Festival to Matthew and Hunter islands now recognised as Umaenupne and Leka on his tour in Tanna. He also stated that he needed a report concerning the use of funds for the Festival before a further such major cultural event could take place – a request of the Tafea Provincial Government. There have been allegations of mis-use of funding with the first such festival.

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department is holding a conference on coral reefs and fisheries, coastal erosion and civil rights. Experts in these fields and representatives of civil society will help to plan for any possible impact by coastal erosion.

Vanuatu will host the second European Union / Pacific Public and Private Sector Business Dialogue between 25 and 27 June. It will be concerned with funds available under the European Development Fund for the ACP developing countries. The dialogue involves regional bodies and will be held at the Warwick Le Lagon Resort.

The people of Waisisi, Whitesands, on east Tanna have just received their first cruise liner visit, the Paul Gaugin. Both islanders and visitors were reported to be delighted with the success of the visit.