Anti-corruption committee to be set up; Vanuatu firm on support for self-determination of France’s Pacific territoriesPosted: October 13, 2016
PM Charlot Salwai has ordered an anti-corruption committee be established. This is according to the Government Act. The appointments are to be made by the PM and include representatives of his Ministry and those of Justice, Foreign Affairs, and Finance, and representatives of the Public Prosecutor, Police, Ombudsman, OGCIO and the Financial Intelligence Unit. There will also be representatives of the Malvatumauri, Media Association, NGOs, VCC and Reserve Bank. They are to ensure implementation of the recommendations of the UN Convention Against Corruption and set up a national anti-corruption strategic framework.
On the eve of his departure for a visit to China, PM Salwai also reiterated Vanuatu’s stand on West Papua and New Caledonia remains unchanged. He added that whilst Vanuatu strongly supports the governments in New Caledonia and French Polynesia becoming members of the Pacific Islands Forum, nevertheless Vanuatu supports the two French dependencies becoming self-governing. The PM was speaking at the opening of the Kanaky–West Papua Exhibition at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre.