EU seeks closer ties with Vanuatu, says new ambassador

Sujiro Seam presented his letters of credence to the President of the Republic of Vanuatu, Moses Obed Tallis in Port-Vila.

He also met with Vanuatu's caretaker prime minister, Charlot Salwai.

According to Mr Seam, they had an in-depth discussion covering taxation, illegal fishing and passports.

The EU sought a closer relationship with Vanuatu beyond development co-operation, to gradual integration in the global economy and deepening political dialogue, he said.

Doctors must unite and lead health services in Vanuatu

The newly elected executives are Dr. Lawrence Boe (President), Dr. Tanya Binihi (Vice President), Dr. Thompson Lango (National Secretary) and Dr. Angelline Phatu-Fa'arondo (National Treasurer).

The incoming VMDA Executive are enthusiastic and eager to see the revived association flourish in the present era and have set their eyes on a horizon aligned with the NSDP Peoples Plan 2030.

After several failed attempts to renew the professional Association, the VMDA incumbents were elected in a special general meeting of the Association in October last year.

VANGO to soon have 3Ws Map

The map will be used by VANGO members, development partners and government agencies.

The 3Ws map is supported by a database that captures information about all VANGO members, including updated information on WHO (which organisations) are doing WHAT (which activities), WHERE (in which locations).

The purpose of the map is to help improve coordination and trust between Government, development partners and non-government organisations by having access to one easy-to-use map that all organisations can reference for visibility on VANGO member activities.

Vanuatu Dept of Livestock to restock chickens on Ambae

The families have returned to the island after they were evacuated last year when the volcano erupted.

According to the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) based at Saratamata sub-centre on Ambae, the largest repatriation was over the festive season.

On Friday, 17 January, the Director of DOL, Lonny Bong visited Ambae to brief the TAG members and the PENAMA Provincial Administrator about the re-establishment plan for livestock services for the island, as well as announce the commencement of the recovery plan in February starting off with chickens.

Effective outbreak response reduces the risk of measles spread in the Pacific

For Samoa, the country experienced a widescale measles outbreak which had significant impact upon the country’s population and health system.

The disease has cost lives, with infants and young children being most affected.

In response to the identification of measles in the region, many Pacific countries and areas have made serious efforts to close immunity gaps in their population and strengthen infectious disease prevention, surveillance and response systems.

Vanuatu to launch its 40th celebrations today

The Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, is today launching the anniversary celebrations at the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation.

His spokesperson, Kiery Manasseh, said the theme for the anniversary is 'Prosperity For Self Reliance And a Resilient Future.'

He said the government wants to get as many people involved as possible.

Vanuatu begins preparations towards hosting of Pacific Islands Forum

It will be the second time Vanuatu has hosted the Forum, with the previous occasion being in 2010.

This year’s hosting of the region’s premiere event from the 4th to 7th of August is particularly significant given it coincides with Vanuatu’s celebration of 40 years of independence.

In 1980, as the country prepared to declare political independence from Great Britain and France, it was at the behest of a budding regional institution – then known as the South Pacific Forum.

NDMO responds to adverse weather conditions in Vanuatu

The affected islands are reporting their needs via the Provincial Disaster Officers and the NDMO will take action based on these needs assessments.

Vanuatu Government presents VT5 million to PacLII

PacLII is located within the School of Law at the Emalus campus.

Professor Eric Colvin, Head of the USP School of Law, accepted the donation from the Ministry.

Mr Colvin expressed appreciation to Minister Ken for the support given to PacLII and its staff.

He said without such support, it would not be possible for PacLII to continue serving the Pacific Islands.

PacLII is run by USP as a service to the Pacific communities.

Vanuatu Finance Minister wants legislation amended to address blacklisting

Radio New Zealand had reported that the blacklisting was made by France but Minister Pikioune said it was the EU that made the list.

He said Vanuatu was included mainly due to its status as a tax haven country that could attract tax evaders from Europe.

Minister Pikioune said Vanuatu needs to amend legislations covering international companies under the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission.

An amendment is also needed for the Tax Administration Act.

“The Bill did not mature in the last parliament session for debate, which was why it was not discussed.