Chinese naval vessels to make goodwill visit during Independence celebrations

File photo of a PLA Navy frigate. Photo: US Navy

File photo of a PLA Navy frigate. Photo: US Navy

Chinese warships will visit Vanuatu to mark 35 years of the Vanuatu/China relationship on July 30. Acting Prime Minister Ham Lini paid tribute to the China’s recognition of Vanuatu’s right to independence, free from the “colonial yoke”. China’s Vice Foreign Minister Read the rest of this entry »


Celebrations held in Vanuatu and China to mark 35 years of diplomatic relations

35 years of diplomatic relations between Vanuatu and China were celebrated at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China yesterday. Photo: David Morris

35 years of diplomatic relations between Vanuatu and China were also celebrated at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China yesterday. Photo: David Morris

This month marks 35 years of diplomatic relations between Vanuatu and China. With China becoming a major source of tourists and its long-standing committment to supporting Vanuatu’s development, it is only appropriate that we celebrate. In March 1982, Prime Minister Walter Lini signed the agreement for Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu opens new Hong Kong consulate to strengthen commercial, diplomatic ties

Vanuatu's new Hong Kong consulate is intended to help build commercial ties between Vanuatu and Hong Kong

Vanuatu’s new Hong Kong consulate is intended to help build commercial ties between Vanuatu and Hong Kong. Photo: supplied

Vanuatu consulate opens in Hong Kong. PM Salwai was in Hong Kong for the event, together with Foreign Minister Leingkon and Vanuatu’s new Consul General, Andrew Leong. The three Vanuatu personalities jointly cut the ribbon for the opening of the consulate.

The Vanuatu Permanent Residence Programme was launched in Hong Kong in 2011, and Minister Leingkon said the success of the program is Read the rest of this entry »


Salwai Govt celebrates first year in office

File photo PM Salwai at an anti-corruption protest in Port Vila last year. Photo: TIV

File photo PM Salwai at an anti-corruption protest in Port Vila last year. Photo: TIV

The Salwai Government is today celebrating one year in office with a Read the rest of this entry »


Govt coalition parties agree that expenditures must be reviewed before new taxation measures can be considered

File picture of PM Charlot Salwai (L) and Agriculture Minister Matai Seremaiah. Photo: Moses Stevens

File picture of PM Charlot Salwai (L) and Agriculture Minister Matai Seremaiah. Photo: Moses Stevens

Agriculture Minister Matai Seremaiah has elaborated on the Leaders Party of Vanuatu’s stand on income tax. He agreed it was a government initiative, but added that communities still had to be consulted and the process of involving the people had not gone very far yet. He said “after some consultations it is apparent most of our supporters are hesitant about the income tax policy.” He added “our position is the government should wait for the Expenditure Review Report to come out and see where government can save money, cut down on unnecessary expenditures and also look at policies that will make doing business in Vanuatu easier before we decide on the future of income tax.” Minister Seremaiah said he spoke with PM Salwai Read the rest of this entry »


Massive tourism developments proposed for Port Vila – but are adequate urban planning processes in place to protect our city from rapacious development?

An architectural rendering of the proposed resort at Melcoffe. Port Vila's urban planning processes are practically non-existent – so why is Govt pushing for a development of this scale at this location?

An architectural rendering of the proposed resort at Melcoffe. Port Vila’s urban planning processes are practically non-existent – so why is Govt pushing for a development of this scale at this location?

An ambitious new plan to improve Vanuatu’s aviation and tourism sectors” is relegated to second place on the Radio Vanuatu News today. But Daily Post links works for the new Bauerfield terminal and a massive hotel project at Melcoffe on page one. Certainly the projects are huge and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation is a large company and is considered to have served Vanuatu well so far, the new jobs signed for yesterday having the additional security of a “bankable feasibility study” by March next year for independent consideration and protection of Government finances.

This is a matter which will invite serious criticism and the Vanuatu Daily Digest has strong views on Read the rest of this entry »


Extraordinary session of Parliament adjourns to give MPs sufficient time to study bills for debate

Vanuatu Parliament House, Port Vila. Photo: PhillipC/Flickr

Parliament was adjourned 24 hours yesterday to give enough time to all MPs to study the Bills for debate as it was argued there had been insufficient time for this. It seems the extra time was insufficient for Opposition MPs – none turned up for the sitting this morning. No other explanation reached the House as 24 Government MPs waited for the 2nd extraordinary sitting to begin. Nor was any further explanation given in VBTC lunchtime news. Without a quorum, Parliament was obliged to further postpone the sitting, until 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. (Radio Vanuatu)

The new MP for Malo/Aore, Uri Warawara of the Graon mo Jastis Party, was sworn in yesterday.

Government believes the  Read the rest of this entry »