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.
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.
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.