Vanuatu building resilience in rural economy; reconciliation a common theme for communities

Planting crops in Tanoliu, Efate. Photo: UN

Vanuatu and partners developing the ‘productive sector’: Planting crops in Tanoliu, Efate. Photo: UN

“If we are to focus on the productive sector, then it must be for the whole productive sector,” Prime Minister Salwai told the Joint European Union / New Zealand aid mission last Friday evening. He said he looks forward to developing the whole rural sector under the declaration signed the same evening. This will ensure “a strong rural economy which creates opportunities, enables the development of rural communities, and increasingly contributes to national prosperity,” he added. He was also happy that the programme would build upon the strengthening of ni-Vanuatu resilience as intended by the then government after the destruction of Cyclone Pam. (Daily Post)

Last week also saw the strengthening of other aspects of governance, starting with financial management. Auditor General John Path’s workshop with agencies, councils and ministries received regional assistance from Path’s colleagues in the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (PASI). It is the fourth such workshop. Path summed up the sessions as intended to make a positive contribution through recommendations. Australia’s Governance for Growth programme made the participation possible. (Daily Post)

Traditional negotiations seem likely to resolve a long-standing community problem amongst the people of Tanoliu, North Efate. The Vaturisu Council of Chiefs was involved and the Shefa Province chiefly body. The end result is a Memorandum of Understanding agreed between four families following customary consultation. Members of each of the four families will be concerned in resolving land questions that date back to 1987. (Daily Post)

The community of Ifira has also reached a reconciliation amongst the island’s different communities with a signing ceremony Friday night. New shareholders of Ifira Trustees were declared and Chief Mantoi Kalsakau called on all families to work together. (Daily Post)

The Vanuatu Opposition is also concentrating on working together, MPs reaching a common viewpoint on the planned Constitutional changes to be debated in Parliament at the end of this week. (Daily Post)


One Comment on “Vanuatu building resilience in rural economy; reconciliation a common theme for communities”

  1. Eric Pata says:

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