Vanautu’s ocean connect her people to each other and to the world. The ocean bridges the past, in wich our ancestors traversed the seas to arrive in this country, to the future, where the rich marine resources define the future of our children. We stay connected with each other, between our islands and provinces, trough travel over our waters.
Through this history, our connection with the ocean has defined our Kastom: our culture and beliefs are strongly tied to our marine environment, our marine resources and the natural beauty of our sea and the diversity of life contained within it. Our livelihood, too, rely upon sustainable development of our maritime riches. The local pressures and the global threats to the ecosystem services that the Ni-Vanuatu derive from our ocean are placing the human benefit of these services at risk.
Following the recent move on Tuesday 12th April 2017 by three groups of the members of the parliament, the opposition lead by UMP member of parliament of Port Vila, Ishmael Kalsakau could ended up with 5 MPs. Reliable source within the opposition said that there are three more MPs who will joint soon the coalition government of Prime Minister Charlot Salwai. The source said the 3 MPs will joint their mother parties which are already in the government. At the the moment in the opposition, there are Mr Kalsakau, MP Sato Kilman from the MPP, MP Don Ken from People Service Party, MP Joshua Kalsakau from VLP, MP Jack Norris from the UMP, MP Osea Nevu from Yauko Group, MP Samsen Samson from Nagriamel and an Independent MP from Luganville constituency, Mark Ati. The MPs of the opposition who joined the government on Tuesday this week are William Albert, Fred Taso and Ephraim Kalsakau from U-Bloc, MP Seule from Green, 2 MPs from National Party, Christophe Emmelee and Jack Wona. The 6 MPs make reconciliation with mats to Mr Salwai to joint his government. They switched from the opposition to the government on the afternoon but in the morning, the minister of public utilities, Jotham Napat presented 3 MPs from the Yauko to the Prime Minister Salwai. MP Jay Ngwele, said that they have very difficult to keep staying in the opposition and now they have decide to join the government. He said that they have realized that the current government have done a lot of developments to benefit the people in the islands.
Prime Minister Charlot Salwai met with Director General for International Cooperation and Development at the European Commission, Stefano Manservisi on Sunday.
Mr Manservisi spent few hours in Port Vila on his route for New Caledonia for his official visit. While in Port Vila, he met Mr Salwai in PM Office. He was accompanied with Jobst Von Kirchmann who is the head of Unit at DEVCO in charge of Development Coordination for Centrale Asia, Middle East , Gulf, Pacific and Global Asia initiatives, Julian Wilson, Head of Division t the European External Action Service in charge of relations with Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, Ambassador Leonidas Tazapsidis who is head of EU delegation to Vanuatu but based in Solomon Islands and Ambassador.
Mr Manservisi had lunch with Mr Salwai, Deputy Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, Minister of Agriculture, Matai Seremaiah and other government senior officials before he left for New Caledonia.
The Secretariat of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has been undertaking internal reforms to help formulate its 2018-2020 Corporate Plan and to facilitate that planning process, a Staff Retreat was held at the Aquana Beach Resort outside Port Vila, Vanuatu on 30-31 March 2017.
Reports from Bauerfield International Airport this morning said that all airplanes have been grounded since this morning due to the strike of fuel staffs of Pacific Petroleum. Reliable source said that Air Vanuatu Boeing left Port Vila at about 8 o'clock this morning to refill in New Caledonia.
Last week the government through the Council of Ministers made a decision to extend the dateline for road tax. This decision will allow vehicle owners in Vanuatu to comply with the road tax.
The Minister of Lands and Port Vila’s MP Ralph Regenvanu has welcomed this decision. He said that this extension of dateline to the end on May will permit vehicle owners to pay for road tax and any other necessities.
Port Vila has a high number of vehicles compared to any other places in Vanuatu. The Government website has noticed that since this decision was made last Wednesday by the CoM, there was a queue of vehicles lined up for inspection at the Public Works workshop at Nambatu area in Port Vila.
Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai officially announced this morning at Holiday Inn the name of wining contractor of the runways of Bauerfield on Efate, Pekoa in Santo and White Grass on Tanna. The announcement came after World Bank finally gives his no objection letter on Bauerfield International Airport, Pekoa Airport and White Grass International on Tanna to the minister of pablik utilities last night, Jotham Napat.
"We refer to your letter dated March 30, 2017, addressed to the bank's country director, providing the government of Vanuatu's final recommendations for aword of the contracts for Lot-1 and Lot-2, subsequent to the letter of March 29, 2017 from the bid evaluation committee (BEC) and the last revised bid evaluation report (BER) received by the bank on March 03, 2017. Based on the information provided, the bank has no objection to your recommendations to award the contracts to the qualified bidder who submitted the lowest evaluated substantially responsive bids, as follows:
Ce mardi 28 février, le convention center, joliment décoré par les étudiants, a accueilli deux événements majeurs sur le plan universitaire : la remise des diplômes de Licence AES délivrée par l’Université Toulouse I Capitole aux 20 lauréats de la deuxième promotion et la signature d’une convention cadre entre l’Université Toulouse I capitole et le gouvernement du Vanuatu pour encadrer juridiquement la Licence AES et le Master SES qui vient d’ouvrir ses portes. La manifestation était de taille car sous la présidence de l’Honorable Premier Ministre Charlot Salwaï Tabimasmas, elle rassemblait l’Honorable Ministre des finances, ministre de l’éducation par intérim Gaétan Pikioune, l’Honorable ministre des affaires étrangères Bruno Leingkone, l’ambassadeur de France au Vanuatu Gilles Favret, le directeur de l’enseignement supérieur Jean-Marie Virelala, le directeur de l’AUF Timothée Kolomoulé et le doyen de l’Université Toulouse I Capitole Francis Quérol. La cérémonie animée par le coordinateur national Pierre Metsan a ravi le public des parents, des 160 étudiants du centre universitaire, du personnel administratif, des responsables d’entreprises et de services administratifs partenaires et des enseignants. Les danses et les tamtams d’un groupe de danseur de l’île de Pentecote ont apporté une touche culturelle coutumière à cette brillante réunion. Les étudiants et le ministre de l’éducation par intérim ont tenu à féliciter et à remercier l’équipe enseignante pour l’excellence de leurs apports académiques. Une dynamique est donc lancée depuis 2013 qui peu à peu mène vers une Université Nationale que tous les participants souhaitent bilingue. Les cours de Licence et de Master sont, d’ailleurs, déjà dispensés dans la langue de Shakespeare et dans celle de Molière. Les bases solides en sont jetées par l’Université Toulouse I Capitole, le gouvernement a bien compris, par son engagement, les enjeux pour l’avenir, il ne reste au Vanuatu que le soin de finaliser ce beau projet.
Prime Minister Charlot Salwai re-affirmed this morning that Government and people of Vanuatu have not change their support to the cause of their Melanesian brothers and sisters of Kanaky. Mr Salwai made the comments when he received this morning a high level delegation of the independent movement of the french territory of New Caledonia, the FLNKS lead by their spokesperson, Victor Tutugoro in his office. He said Vanuatu will continue to raise the issue of independence of Kanaky in regional and international organisations. Mr Salwai said that the issue of independence of kanaks is currently absent within their melanesian organisation of Melanesian Spearhead Group but it is only with the leaders and not their people. He said the issue of the independence of melanesian people is rooted in the minds of the people of Melanesia. The Prime Minister also congratulated the leaders of the FLNKS for their ground works towards then self determination of the kanaks. Mr Tutugoro and the members of his delegation also briefed Mr Salwai on the current political situation in Kanaky. The FLNKS delegation met with Mr Salwai this morning and also Deputy Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, former prime minister, Barak Sope, former president of the Republic of Vanuatu, Kalkot Mataskelekele and one of the former minister of internals affairs, Pastor John Sethy Regenvanu. They will also meet with Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs and others leaders of Vanuatu during their four days visit in Vanuatu. The purpose of their visits is to gather information on how Vanuatu achieved its independence from Britain and France in 1980.
Prime minister speech :
I join the master of ceremonies to thank you all for your presence this afternoon to witness the handing over military equipment by the Government of the republic of China. The People Republic of China continues to be one of Vanuatu’s major development partners and supporter of Vanuatu’s development efforts since they established bilateral relations back in the 1980’s. It is for the reason that the Government of Vanuatu would like continue to maintain the good diplomatic relation that it has with the people and the Government of china through support for the one China Policy. Today’s ceremony marks another development milestone at the Vanuatu Mobile Force Headquarter, Cooks Barracks, Vila. It is a sign of Vanuatu Governments commitment to develop VMF into a higher level security. This is the second time that the VMF has received heavy military vehicles equipment and uniforms. You can still see some signs of the aftermath of cyclone PAM that hit us year ago. You can also see signs of renovation on some building going on. The Government is working hard to ensure that these much needed repair are done. I hope that when we next visit here, the VMF camp will be fully refurnished. We are here today to witness the official handing over of the heavy military and commercial vehicles plus some other hardware that are generously donated by the government of the People’s Republic of China to the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu. We all understand that the Vanuatu Mobile Force will be the direct beneficiary from this assistance and its operations. According to the agreement between the military of National Defense of the People Republic of China and Vanuatu Government through the ministry of the Internal Affair of the Republic of Vanuatu, the military aid grant assistance is to the value of 8,000,000.00 ( eight millions RMB yuans)