Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 20 November 2015

Daily Post leads today with a new Office for the Prime Minister, also covered by Radio Vanuatu. A VT 700 m complex is planned and signed for between China State Construction Engineering Corp. Ltd and the DG of the PMO. In the story today it is said the present Prime Minister’s Office will be demolished. However, in another place the report says "the U-shaped building which currently houses the Prime Minister’s Office and departments under it will remain." There is an illogicality in this project when the main government building opposite Port Vila Market is condemned, many staff moved to temporary locations, and departments are awaiting permanent housing. Also the country has been expecting a new court house complex for many years. The existing PMO does not appear to have suffered much in the passage of cyclone Pam whilst the other locations have needed restoration for a long time.

The Oceania De-Colonisation Committee has decided the issue of West Papua must go to the International Criminal Court. The President of the Committee, Shem Rarua, has issued a press statement in the matter which the Digest hopes soon to bring to the attention of its readers. (Radio Vanuatu)

The Port Vila Urban Development Project got high attention in Radio Vanuatu News this morning. The government of Australia and Asian Development Bank are giving massive help. VT 3.35 billion is needed. Phase 1 covers roads and drainage, footpaths and street lights. Contracts are expected to be out next month.

Daily Post tells us that maritime boundary negotiations between the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have been successful after 32 years. This concerns the area where their 200 mile nautical zones over-lap.

President Baldwin Lonsdale is still expecting the Government and Opposition to come to an amicable political solution by Sunday to take the country out of its present political impasse. Prime Minister Kilman has been holding political reform meetings with a Legal Working Group to try to reduce the number of motions of no confidence through legislation before the next elections. The Acting Speaker has decided to summon Parliament next week. However, the Opposition’s call for a constitutional application for an official Summons of Parliament with dates is still before the court.