The former Deputy Director General of the MSG Secretariat, Mr. Molean Kilepak is responding here to an article recently published by PACNEWS on the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
Elena and I got married on the second last day of 2015, just a few days before she began her MBA in January. We had met four years earlier, in London, at an expats meeting, and we’re now living in Paris where I work and where she would be studying.
Vanuatu’s annual tourism survey is funded by the Inter-national Finance Corporation, the commercial arm of the World Bank, and compiled and analysed by the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute and AUT
The Department of Finance and Treasury publishes regular financial reports, and perhaps the most useful for average voter are the monthly budget summaries. They provide a useful yardstick to measure the government’s performance overall.
Vanuatu’s public assets will lose their beauty and value and continue to deteriorate and depreciate to a poor state if people continue to vandalise public assets without being cautious and responsible enough to care for them.
The Port Vila Urban Development Project—or the most publicly visible parts of it, at least—have been subjected to withering criticism of late. Recently, the government has taken steps to bring the project’s many stakeholders into line, and to avoid letting the situation deteriorate any further.
On the way to work last week, a Jeep was festooned around a lamppost at a busy junction. Its license plate suggested that at least at some point in its existence, it had belonged to a boutique car rental agency. It had no roadworthiness sticker.
In April 2016 a young girl died after jumping out of a moving bus in Manples, Port Vila, to escape sexual harassment from a bus driver. Barely a year later, a bus driver has raped a teenage girl on the road near Stella Mare while traveling to Teouma last week.
There’s an increasingly commonly refrain circulating these days. It was best summed up by US President Donald Trump in a recent speech: “as you know, I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth.”
Back in 2004, I got trapped on the island of Ambae by cyclone Ivy. Over the course of about 48 hours, the storm managed to pinball its way down nearly the entire Vanuatu island chain. I spent a very long day and night in a rather aged—and wet, by the end of it—cabin with three good friends. …
There have been a couple of stories recently about kava exports and one of the questions that comes up is monitoring exports to make sure that the material that is leaving the country is of the right standard. The following extract from one such story stood up and waved a big red flag in my face:
In the 28th December 2016 issue of the Daily Post, an article referred to the ongoing Commission of Inquiry into the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF)’s so called under performing investments, in particular the Ranch de la Bouffa purchase and management of the property since it was acqu…
I got stood up this week. Again. I showed up for a press conference with the rest of the press corps, only to watch a group of Australian dignitaries blow right past us.
Vanuatu is one of the few places in the world that doesn’t have an income tax. This means no personal income tax, no corporate income tax, no capital gains tax, and no death tax.
The history of Vanuatu’s beauty pageants dates back to 1980 when Ms. Alice Garae was crowned Miss Vanuatu Independence on July 30th 1980 — the very same day that Vanuatu gained independence.
By all accounts, this current administration seems committed to stability, responsiveness and responsibility. Government agencies and institutions need to reshape themselves to support these efforts.
Now that Donald Trump has been declared president-elect of the United States of America, pundits and commentators have been re-reading the ‘100 day plan’ that he issued in October.
Why it is that Governments, Donor countries and Aid Agencies think they have a right to bully Vanuatu into accepting development in return for huge contracts that get milked right back to nothing?
‘Kastom’ is a handy portmanteau, a catch-all term. Often, it’s used to distinguish between everything Melanesian and things that come from elsewhere. All too often, the term is used to divide us, not unite us.
Last week’s courtroom confrontation between chief Viraleo Boborenvanua and Justice David Chetwynd is not nearly so simple as it seems. It’s about more than respect; it’s about authority.
We want to keep our political and economic independence? Should we allow ourselves—and our sovereignty—to be dominated by a foreign country dictating to us how to collect our taxes and to be accountable?
It’s always someone else’s fault. Even when we were kids, it was always little brother or sister who stole the cookies, spilled the milk or woke the baby. Then you went to school, and it was the kid at the desk behind you.
Tax is a very important part of the social fabric. It is supposed to facilitate governments and institutions, finance social projects and public services. It finances the law and order that people have come to expect in a ‘western’ society.
In March this year, Florence Lengkon, manager of Vanuatu Helicopters, spoke out on social media against the aggressive behavior of bus drivers after rocks were thrown at a tour bus full of overseas passengers.
This is part two in a series of Daily Post analyses, examining differing views on how to raise government revenues. This article makes the argument for an income tax.
‘No taxation without representation’ was the rebels’ rallying cry during the American War of Independence. Business owners in Vanuatu are worried that they too may be asked to carry a greater tax burden without being allowed adequate input into the framing process.
On Wednesday this week, Airports Vanuatu Ltd, or AVL, quietly published a quarter-page advertisement in the Daily Post requesting expressions of interest to construct new international and domestic terminals at Bauerfield airport, along with what they coyly refer to as ‘associated infrastruc…
National ICT Days are once again upon us, and the Daily Post is proud to be participating. We’ve been selected as a finalist for the ICT innovation award, thanks to an interactive tourist information product we built in collaboration with vSolutions. It’s a great example of the technological…
As an icon, it is compelling, a source of unalloyed pride. The sweeping spiral of the national convention centre’s roof dominates Port Vila’s diminutive skyline. Airline passengers traversing the town see a graceful, stylised rendition of the nation’s flag. At the entrance stands a beautiful…