Deputy Prime Minister wants to build trade between Vanuatu and New Caledonia

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The Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman, Minister for Trade, Commerce, Tourism and ni-Vanuatu Business, and also on the National Trade Development Committee, has asked the Department of Trade to review Vanuatu’s trade relationship with the FLNKS political grouping in New Caledonia. Natuman asked for this to happen in consideration of the trade position with the French territory and in relation to what the Director of External Trade, Sumbwe Antas, has explained as the situation presently to the Committee. Natuman felt that more fruitful discussions could be held in view of Vanuatu’s and FLNKS’s membership of MSG. (Radio Vanuatu)

Trade Minister Natuman has been on a visit with trade and investment officials to the Pacific Trade and Investment Office in Sydney. Vanuatu’s Trade Commissioner there, Donald Pelam, said that as well as their time in Australia encouraging the seasonal worker programme, there are “possibilities to see Vanuatu products imported into Australian markets and driving investment by Australian investors.”(Daily Post)

The Director General of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management, appointed by the outgoing government in February this year, August Letlet, has been reinstated by court order. A further court decision is awaited following a new appointment for which Letlet applied but was not consulted. (Daily Post)

The Minister of Infrastructure and Public Utilities is making it very clear how the excessive and illegal use of G vehicles will henceforth be controlled. Except for those cars in the charge of ministers, First PAs, and DGs, all other government vehicles will all be locked at 4:30 every afternoon, and for the duration of the weekend.


One Comment on “Deputy Prime Minister wants to build trade between Vanuatu and New Caledonia”

  1. tessnc says:

    I don’t understand how we can have anything other than informal agreement with the FLNKS – they are not a sovereign entity so cannot act like one, e.g. by signing trade agreements. That is not to say there are not opportunities for Vanuatu businesses to engage with businesses owned by Kanaky people to mutual benefit.