Opposition Leader, Ishmael Kalsakau, has appealed to the Government to stand up against threats from outside against Vanuatu’s tax haven status.

He said international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) continue to issue threats against Vanuatu’s tax haven policy to place the country on the black list.

Speaking at a press conference Friday Kalsakau said “OECD has politics against Vanuatu, to get the country out of our tax haven situation, so they can control us from outside.”

He said the Prime Minister of Vanuatu should stand up to the US government over the OECD rules.

“Who is the US to tell us to change our tax haven status and to passing laws for us to comply with their requirements and if not to be blacklisted.

“The Government of the US has not even approved these laws.

“If the US government has not signed these laws, why should they force Vanuatu to sign?” he asked.

“We should tell the US ‘you first sign and then we’ll sign’.

“We should also tell the US that ‘your eagle will fly over your country and I am boss over Vanuatu.

“I will decide what is good for the people,” Kalsakau suggested for the Prime Minister Charlot Salwai to do.

He added that black listing does not help Vanuatu and that it’s there “merely to feed the egos of the educated elite and does not affect the grassroots and their bananas and crops from their gardens”.

“I am challenging the Prime Minister to tell the US to first sign the requirements of the OECD before Vanuatu does,” the Leader of Opposition continued, adding “if not then don’t come into Vanuatu and destroy my people, because the majority of the people of Vanuatu are grassroots ordinary people.”

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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