Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 16 April 2015

The Government has extended the duty and VAT free period for building materials following cyclone Pam. It dates from today and lasts until June 12.

Government is also seeking to prosecute those importers, wholesalers and retailers, who have taken advantage of the State of Emergency to increase mark-ups. There have been many complaints. Full cooperation is sought from the business sector, Radio Vanuatu reported today.

Eton village, East Efate, suffered great damage. Mamas of Eton and other villages and the NDMO have set up an information centre to inform especially women and the disabled.

The NZ army forces will complete their reconstruction efforts in public buildings in the Shepherds in the next week.

Government has also decided, with apologies, to defer the claims of the Fishermen’s Assn in view of the cyclone Pam disaster.

The MSG Trade Agreement rules are being discussed in Port Vila this week, under what is called MSGTA3. New chapters are being included on Services, Investment, Labour Mobility, and Government Procurement. Officials from such services are included in the talks.

STOP OGM Pacifique views on genetic modification are clearly expressed today in Daily Post Letters. STOP OGM makes it clear their efforts re intended to assist farmers.


One Comment on “Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 16 April 2015”

  1. Eddie says:

    Businessmen benefits from disaster, raising up their cost of food items sold in their shops.
    Note that all Nivans living in Port Vila are not wealthy or have a lot of money; in times like this disaster times, people are struggling to get back to normal life and public would be pleased if Businessmen owning the shops (includes The Chinese shops) could help residents in Port Vila and even within the islands of Vanuatu where cyclone destroys the most. Like a bag of 25kg rice rises from 3,350 Vatu to 3,500 Vatu..
    Suggest Price control department should make assessments and advise changes of food prices for three months.
    concern resident of Port Vila.