PM praises involvement of citizenry at launch of new national sustainable development plan ‘Vanuatu 2030’

PM Charlot Salwai and attendees of last night's official launch of Vanuatu's new national sustainable development plan, 'Vanuatu 2030' at the National Convention Centre. Photo: Vanuatu Government

PM Charlot Salwai and attendees of last night’s official launch of Vanuatu’s new national sustainable development plan, ‘Vanuatu 2030’ at the National Convention Centre. Photo: Vanuatu Government

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai says the Government’s new sustainable development plan Vanuatu 2030 is an important document that will guide the government for the years to come. This is the plan for sustainable economic development of the Republic which replaces the Government’s Priority Action Agenda. The PM was especially pleased with the contributions received from every sector of the community as groups and individuals were keen to make known what they feel are the important development issues. Prime Minister Charlot Salwai was also pleased with the work of the team which had sought out all possible views during 6 months of communicating with people in the islands. The PM launched Vanuatu 2030 yesterday evening. (Radio Vanuatu)

Download the english language version of Vanuatu 2030 National Sustainable Development Plan 2016 to 2030 (PDF, 1.4MB) here, ou télécharger la version française de Vanuatu 2030 plan de développement national durable 2016 à 2030 (PDF, 1,4Mo) ici.

PM Salwai, in his discussions with the Solomons PM Sogavare here earlier this week, has pointed out to the MSG Chairman how 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 »


IMF, World Bank offer assistance for anti-money laundering reforms to offshore financial centre

Laundering Dollar Bills. Photo: TaxRebate.org.uk

IMF and World Bank ready to aid in reforms to have Vanuatu removed from the ‘grey’ list of countries needing to update anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism reporting for which deadlines have been set for June next year. Finance Minister Pikioune was accompanied by a delegation for the annual talks Read the rest of this entry »


UMP MP appointed as Minister for Youth and Sport; Tripartite codesharing deal between Air Vanuatu, Solomon Airlines and Air Niugini

UMP MP Norris Jack Kalmet is appointed Minister for Youth and Sport yesterday. Photo: Tomker Netvunei MP

PM Salwai looks on as UMP MP Norris Jack Kalmet is appointed Minister for Youth and Sport yesterday. Photo: Tomker Netvunei MP

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Level 1 Volcanic Alert for Vanua Lava volcano; By-election for Malo/Aore on 29 June

Image of Vanua Lava taken from 398km above the Earth. Suratamata is at the top centre. Photo: NASA

Image of Vanua Lava taken in 2003 from 398km above the Earth. Suratamatai is at top centre. Photo: NASA

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Amazing video of Ambrym’s Marum volcano lava lake

Vanuatu is one of the world’s most active volcanic hotspots. But even here in Vanuatu, it is possible to occasionally forget about the awe-inspiring power just beneath our feet. This video is a reminder of nature’s incredible, raw power.

NZ film maker Geoff Mackley captured this footage in August this year: Read the rest of this entry »


National carrier Air Vanuatu announces financial year profit

Today’s big news is Air Vanuatu announces a profit. Chairman Simeon Athy said a commitment had been made by the Board in 2009 to get the books in order and return the national carrier to profitability.

“Under the leadership of CEO Joseph Laloyer, we implemented a strict policy not to allow the national carrier to operate as a free-for-all”, said Athy. We, the public, can take this to mean the airline has now freed itself from political interference, with its latest Board now comprising senior civil service professionals. It has increased its passenger load and hopes to augment the domestic fleet, neither of were possible if misuse by politicians was allowed to continue.

Acting Ombudsman Alain Molgos has promised an investigation into the sale of Government land leases to civil servants by Caretaker Minister of Lands, Steven Kalsakau, Radio Vanuatu reports. They quote Radio New Zealand International, which said leases were being sold in the Independence Park area. This blog has previously mentioned Freswota and Korman leases for sale. The Council of Ministers in 2010 suspended the sale of Government and public land, but the Minister concerned has already been found responsible for other sales of land leases that belong to the people of Vanuatu. Read the rest of this entry »