• By Jonas Cullwick —
    Denarau, Nadi,Fiji
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Vanuatu has signed amendments to the US Pacific Tuna Treaty, becoming the last country at this Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting in Nadi, Fiji this week to put pen to paper.

  • By Jonas Cullwick in Nadi, Fiji
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The Vanuatu Ministry of Finance and Economic Management is reported to have issued a check for $US186,000 (around Vt20 million) to the Cook Islands Government last Friday.

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Now that schools throughout the country are holding prize-giving and graduation ceremonies to mark the end of the school year before closing down for the long summer holiday, farmers from Southeast Ambrym are in Port Vila selling livestock, root crops and fruits to assist them with children’…

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A group of between 60 and 100 members of Vanuatu Fishermen’s Association and their families and friends held a quiet picket in front of the front gate of Parliament House Tuesday morning.

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The Minister of Internal Affairs, Alfred Maoh, returned from Tasmania Sunday after leading a high-powered delegation on a fact-finding mission to the Australian island state of Tasmania to discuss the potentials for Vanuatu workers under the seasonal employment scheme with Australia.

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How much will you owe? Find out how much will be coming out of your pay slip every fortnight with this income tax calculator. The fine print: These calculations are not exact. There is some rounding in the totals. Amounts are based on the assumption of 26 fortnightly pay periods per year. T…

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  • By Jane Joshua
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A court case has been filed against the Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte (BfArM/German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices) after the Institute pushed for weekly liver function tests, making it impossible for kava products to come back on the market in Europe.

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A significant and increasing number of reforms supported by the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) are resulting in legislative and structural changes that encourage investment and entrepreneurship across the region, according to PSDI’s 8th Annual Progress Report released today.

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The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) had its 19th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 11, 2015.

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The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) organized a meeting on Friday 19 June 2015 at the VCCI where representatives of the insurance companies and brokers were invited to explain to the VCCI members the processes that are followed from when claims are submitted to the time funds…

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Professor Satish Chand from the School of Business at the University of New South Wales in Australia is informing all kava users that Kava (including the traditional kava drink) is a ‘prescription only medicine’ in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) under the Medicines, Poisons and Thera…

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A delegation from the New Caledonia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, including representatives from the building and construction sector as well as representatives from other business sectors in New Caledonia were in Port Vila last week meeting with various local stakeholders, with the assi…

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Following an article that the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI) wrote and complained about the lengthy delay in the process of obtaining new leases over customary land, the Minister of Lands has written to the VCCI to request a meeting with the concerned VCCI members who deal…

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VCCI has been following up on the two funding facilities, the Import Substitution and Export Finance Facility (ISEFF) and the Disaster Reconstruction Credit Facility (DRCF), that the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu (RBV) is working on to make these two loan facilities available at commercial banks f…

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  • By Jane Joshua
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The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industries (VCCI), exporters and manufacturers asked the Vanuatu Government to repeal the Vanuatu Commodities Marketing Board (VCMB) Act (CAP 133) in July 2008.

  • By Jane Joshua
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Local businessman Sethy Lui has praised the Government of Vanuatu for its vision to develop roads so farmers have better access to sell their produce to available market entry points on their respect islands, the case in point is south Malekula.

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The Coca-Cola Global System is so impressed with Vanuatu Brewing Limited’s constant concern for the environment to buy back empty tusker bottles that it is looking at introducing a similar system in other countries.

  • By Thompson Marango
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Police in Port Vila have announced that there was a break-in last Friday night in which 5 laptops were stolen from the Care International premises.

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In 2015 the VAT Office will focus to improve its Customer Services provided to VAT registered persons, clients and recently announced that the Office will enhanced its Industry Partnership Initiative in 2015 with the objectives to:

  • By Len Garae
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Minister for Trade, Industry and ni-Vanuatu Business, Ham Lini, has declared over 100 mamas who successfully completed a Handicraft Ambassadors Programme since last July, as certified Handicraft Ambassadors.

  • By Jonas Cullwick
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A Zoning Document and Development Control Plan for Lenakel Town Municipal Council is now with the State Law Office in Port Vila for gazettal after the draft was adopted by the Lenakel Town Municipal Council.

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The General Manager of the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF), Santos Vatoko, says that the Fund Management regularly provides updates to the Government on the performances of the provident fund. He says last month Management gave the Fund’s latest update to the Prime Minister, Joe Natum…

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On December 5, the village of Siviri located on the North West of Efate celebrated their access to electricity thanks to the phase 2 of the extension of the Unelco network.

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“It is very important for everyone to know that the Vanuatu Ambassador Tourism Programme is here to stay, to guarantee a constant improvement to the expectation of the visitor to our shores. Thank you so much to the New Zealand Government for funding the project now, it is our hope that the …

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“We want the Government to repeal the new Excise Tax on soft drinks in the next parliament session in April in 2015, as it won’t reduce non communicable diseases and people will continue to be affected by NCDs.”

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Minister of Lands, Ralph Regenvanu, donated a tool box worth Vt30,000 to the Nadao members of the Nasituan Youth Association at Erakor, Efate on Wednesday.

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  • By Jane Joshua
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The Parliament of Vanuatu has approved the Appropriation Bill of 2015 totaling Vt17, 773, 665,816 with 24 votes in favour and one abstention.

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TVL and 96 Buzz FM have teamed up to make a child smile this Christmas. TVL have placed Christmas Gift Boxes in all their stores in Port Vila and Santo. Everyone is asked to place a gift in one of the boxes between now and December 23. All gifts will be distributed to patients at the childre…

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  • By Jonas Cullwick
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A former senior officer of the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) says the current Board of the Fund should terminate the current management for professional default for not paying members their dividend for the Financial Year 2013. He says government must intervene in VNPF quickly to pr…

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The Speaker of Parliament, Philip Boedoro, has voiced concern over the Court’s ruling Tuesday to quash the decision of the house in suspending 16 members of Parliament last week and allowing them to return to the house the same day.

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The Opposition-sponsored Motion of No Confidence in the Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, was withdrawn Tuesday afternoon on the floor of Parliament just before 4pm when the censure motion was due to be debated and voted on.

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Club de Sanma recently supported cricket development in Santo with the cash prizes. Six teams competed in the Development Cup with the four teams making it to the finals; Santo East Tornados, Western Wolves, Talua Rock and Central Crunch.

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Vanuatu’s economy is projected to grow by up to 4% in 2015, according to the latest issue of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Pacific Economic Monitor, launched Tuesday in Port Vila.

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The Diploma in Management program organized and implemented by the Australian Pacific Technical College (APTC) in Port Vila has been a challenging path for two VCCI trainers, Mr. Mark Saleloui and Mr. Francois Kavirere. Both needed the training program to up-skill their delivery methods as w…

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