Australia gives Vt 275 million to Govt for post-Cyclone Pam rebuildingPosted: October 20, 2016
Australia has provided additional finance of $A3.5 million (Vt 275 million) for assistance to Vanuatu for recovery towards growth following Cyclone Pam. Australian High Commissioner Jeremy Bruer and Parliamentary Secretary MP Johnny Koanapo yesterday signed an agreement for the repair of 31 public buildings in Tafea and Shefa provinces. This latest assistance package brings the total amount of Australia’s contribution to Vanuatu’s Cyclone Pam recovery to over Vt 2.8 billion. (Daily Post)
Based on a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both Radio Vanuatu and Daily Post today observe Sanma Province backs the PACER Plus trade agreement being negotiated between Australia and New Zealand on the one hand and Pacific island countries. The Sanma Province Secretary General, Zachariah Daniels, told the northern capital consultation how PACER Plus could increase economic activity in Vanuatu whilst removing barriers to trade. The Ministry says the Luganville consultation saw “overwhelming support” for PACER Plus. Consultations continue in the provinces.
The Mount Yasur alert for the Tanna volcano has again been reduced to level 2 after rising to 3 at the weekend. Visitors are warned, however, that lava bomb explosions are still occurring around the volcano. (Daily Post)
Chief Viraleo Boborenvanua was removed from court in Port Vila under the orders of Justice Chetwynd for appearing in court in kastom dress to lodge a plea. This is in relation to his arrest and that of others on Pentecost ten months ago. The group were to reappear this morning. (Daily Post)
Public Health officials are meeting in Port Vila to discuss improved data collection. It’s the second such meeting this year, assisted by Australian health officials in the New England area of New South Wales and will assist in faster health data collection, especially after emergencies like cyclones. (Radio Vanuatu)