A household survey essential before taxation changes, says ILO

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There is one item in today’s news which the Vanuatu Daily Digest feels should be compelling reading for everyone, certainly the dozens of townspeople the editor meets on buses from day to day. All are bewildered by the range of ideas politicians, government officers and experts are expressing on the topic of taxation for wage earners and companies. The item referred to is a front page article in Daily Post in which Jonas Cullwick carefully details the recommendations of a wages specialist of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the income tax proposal. What’s more, the ILO specialist is here for the rarely-reported Tripartite Labor Advisory Council, TLAC, which represents Vanuatu’s government, employers and workers in the country. TLAC held a public lecture and meeting at the Grand Hotel. The ILO expert, Daniel Kostzer, says Vanuatu needs a more evidence-based approach to the issue of taxation and a household survey is necessary. Yes, indeed. And the ILO must Read the rest of this entry »

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Vanuatu’s economy can expect modest growth for next two years, says Asian Development Bank

This graph by the Asian Development Bank shows their projections for growth in Pacific island economies for 2016 and 2017. Image: ADB

This graph by the Asian Development Bank shows their projections for growth in Pacific island economies for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years. Image: ADB

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How did Vanuatu, reliant on tourism, fail to maintain its main international runway?

Port Vila's Bauerfield international airport

Port Vila’s Bauerfield international airport: why has it taken so long to fix?

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