Diplomats, roadworthies, tourism and crafts, not to mention our fabulous cricket team - actually... BRAVO Vanuatu cricket team!
The fundamental reason for the formation of MSG was to address the decolonization of New Caledonia and West Papua, the remaining Melanesian states still under colonial rule.
Firstly, why has PACER-Plus been identified as one of three priority areas identified by the Forum Officials Committee meeting, later approved by the Forum Foreign Ministers for the Leaders to discuss.
The government is still making noises that suggest it wants to implement income tax next year, but nothing has been finalised at this stage.
The biosecurity issue is vital for Vanuatu’s beef industry and agriculture in general but it hopefully marks a line in the sand where the government bosses refuse to ‘cowtail’ to every Chinese demand.
The seasoned diplomat neglected to discuss what ‘Pacific climate consciousness’ would mean in actionable terms for his own nation - the world’s largest and expanding coal exporter.
ProMed Survivor Games; Chinese aggregate; threat to submarine cable, plastic bags ban... never a dull moment in Vanuatu.
While it’s been a long time coming, this ‘step change' is starting to come into focus, with a speech delivered by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop last weekend in Suva.
WW has been among the few journos that has been prepared to state what many are thinking in this country.
…rather than clobbering the Private Sector after both significant natural and man-made disasters, why not tax the Donor funds…