Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, has reappointed former diplomat, Dennis Nai, as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Vanuatu to the People’s Republic of China.
Mr Nai is not new to the position which he was recalled from in 2013 by the then Carcasses-led government due to alleged extravagant spending. He was first appointed to the post in 2012.
His reappointed was made by Minister Vohor on September 10 under the Foreign Service Act No. 20 of 2013 after the approval of the Council of Ministers.
According to the instrument of appointment the order for Nai’s appointment is taken to have commenced on 27 August 2015. It was gazetted on September 27.
According to the terms and conditions the newly appointed Ambassador is entitled to Vt500,000 per month and other allowances and benefits.
The position was left vacant by former politician turned diplomat Sela Molisa who was reportedly terminated earlier this year.
After Molisa’s recall from the post the Government stated that the State Law Office advised that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should negotiate with Mr. Nai for an out of court settlement and part of that settlement in discussions with Mr. Nai’s lawyers was that he would be given another appointment in return for a major reduction of his compensation claim.