Vanuatu daily news digest | 24 August 2014

The Vanua’aku Pati is holding its Congress starting today at the Port Vila Lycée. Changes are expected at the executive level of the party, VBTC News advises this morning. The VP Constitution says the VP President becomes Prime Minister in any coalition led by the VP. Today the Vice President of the Party is, however, the PM whilst the President of the VP carries the rank of Parliamentary Secretary for the PM. This follows the moves, negotiations and agreements necessary for Parliament to remove the former Carcasses Government.

China is ready to help Vanuatu with airport developments, PM Natuman made clear on his return to Vanuatu Friday afternoon. He told Daily Post’s Jane Joshua that the Chinese President Xi Jinping has confirmed China is ready to assist Vanuatu in particular with Bauerfield Airport’s urgent and necessary repairs. President Xi also told PM Natuman that China is ready to help along with other development partners such as the World Bank.

Daily Post also carries an interesting interview with the former General Manager of Operations of Airports Vanuatu Limited Dick Abel, conducted by Jonas Cullwick. Abel makes it clear that if people in power had listened to the professional advice of those in AVL at the time, the Bauerfield upgrade would have been completed by mid-2015 rather than remain as presently, still awaiting financial partners for its repairs.

Vanuatu and Samoa have a special deal regarding trade established with China. Government is expected to consider how best to make use of this arrangement, VBTC News stated.

Vanuatu National Provident Fund leaders made it clear to the VNPF membership at Luganville on a tour to the northern town last week that VNPF members’ wishes are the guiding force in their policy-making as regards investment on behalf of the membership.

Expatriates not following the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority (VIPA) legal requirements have been fined VT 1.5 million recently Daily Post reports yesterday.

Apologies for no Vanuatu Daily News Digest yesterday.


One Comment on “Vanuatu daily news digest | 24 August 2014”

  1. Alan Churchill says:

    Everyone seems to have conveniently forgotten that, some 5 or 6 years ago, Ausaid had approved funding for the upgrade of Bauerfield and had the necessary equipment and materials ready to start but the Government of the day got into bed with various Asian partners and we now know how that has all turned out. The upgrade would have been completed well before now.