Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 7 May 2015Posted: May 7, 2015
Daily media have dealt with the Deputy Prime Minister and Trade Minister Ham Lini pointing out to the delegates to the PACER-Plus inter-sessional meeting here the importance of trade in Vanuatu’s present tough times following cyclone Pam. He underscored regional solidarity as being necessary for trade and investment to increase. Daily Post reports the Chief Trade Advisor, Dr Edwini Kessie, suggesting Vanuatu learn from his country to open up to trade and investment without being afraid of the country’s smallness or fear of being swallowed up by larger countries.
The National Tourism Development Office – NTDO – and representatives of the tourism industry have presented recommendations to government as to how the industry should be restored after cyclone Pam. The Director of the NTDO, George Borugu, emphasized the need for a programme and a committee to oversee what it achieves. He also mentioned the industry requesting government to give assistance to the tourism sector where insurance has not been obtained.
Daily Post leads with longline fishery licence fees increasing. This is because our main tuna resource is albacore, or to a lesser extent yellow fin tuna William Naviti, Fisheries Acting Director, explains. There are different rates for vessels depending on size. and the fees for 2015 are presently being netted.
The Auditor General’s comments on the need for proper funding of his office are being heeded by the Natuman Government. The Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation – VBTC – is reported on by Auditor General Path in today’s Daily Post. This shows VBTC as having mis-spent huge sums in a 34-page report on the State Owned Enterprise (SOE). The Prime Minister’s Task Force charged with improving the future performance and direction of Radio Vanuatu is closely studying the Auditor General’s report to establish what action needs to be taken to rectify the situation.
Daily Post also reports the VT 10 million Abwatuntora hospital on Pentecost should open in August this year. The hospital will be complete with an operating theatre.