The Acting Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity (MALFFB), Matai Seremaiah, has urged the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Labour to speed up the development of the Labour Mobility Policy.
Minister Seremaiah stressed the authorities are taking so long to complete the policy during a workshop held yesterday.
The workshop was related to labour mobility and was attended by the Commissioner of Labour, Murielle Meltenoven, and staff from the Departments of Labour and Foreign Affairs.
The Acting DPM said the policy must be completed soon to give an opportunity for Vanuatu to share the benefits of the labour mobility schemes.
“The focus has been largely on the needs of the receiving countries. It’s about time we as a government maximize and share the benefits.
“We will lose the opportunities if we do not speed up the policy,” he added.
An officer from the Foreign Affairs Department assured that she has taken note of all the concerns raised during the workshop.
Commissioner Meltenoven said the Labour Mobility Policy which is still being developed will address loopholes in the labour mobility schemes.