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Opposition: anyone can be a Vanuatu Trade Commissioner for VT6.5 mln in cash

The Office of the Opposition in its new statement says they have received a service agreement between Vanuatu Property and Migration Services (VPMS) and a Michael Kalmet, for VPMS to facilitate the appointment of Mr. Kalmet, referred to as the client, as a Vanuatu Trade Commissioner. The agreement also says VPMS will act as liaison between the client and the Government of Vanuatu, and will help to acquire appropriate documentation to enable the client in performing his duties. The document lists the commencement of the agreement to its execution date. The client will upon execution of the agreement pay...

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New under water cable to link PNG and Australia

Papua New Guinea’s internet speed and reliability will soon get a major boost from a new under water telecommunications cable linking Australia and Port Moresby. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his PNG counterpart Peter O’Neill discussed the plans on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders summit in Vietnam, AAP reports O’Neill said the new cable will help improve business links between the two countries as well as benefit schools and the healthcare system. Australia has also been in talks with the Solomon Islands government about a similar...

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Samoa Airways makes its first commercial trip

Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is calling on Samoans around the world to back the country’s new national airline. Samoa Airlines replaces Polynesian Air, which has just ended the second of two lengthy joint ventures – arrangements Tuila’epa said did not work. He told during the official launch of Samoa Airways in Apia that operating independently is the only option that will work for Samoa, RNZI reports. Tuilaepa pointed to Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tahiti all running their own airlines. “The Prime Minister did not mix his words in his speech to officially launch the brand new,...

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World Rugby increased investments in Fiji, Tonga and Samoa

World Rugby says it has already increased its investment in the Pacific Islands after the Samoa Rugby Union declared itself bankrupt. The game’s governing body has released figures provided in the region – covering Fiji, Tonga and Samoa – which amount to more than US$26 million in a four-year period from 2016, a rise of 19 per cent. Working with Pacific Rugby Players, the body presenting players in the area, it says it has been aiming to close the gap between those nations and leading teams ahead of the next World Cup. Peter Horne – World Rugby’s general manager...

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Pacific Islanders pushed European backpackers out of Australian farm labour market

Australian agriculture industry is experiencing a shift in labour from European backpackers to Pacific Islanders. Growers need pickers, packers and overall production workers for lychees and mangoes. Mareeba District Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association president Joe Moro said there was a shift from European backpackers to South Pacific Islanders thanks to the Department of Employment’s Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP), reports The Cairns Post. The SWP lets the agriculture industry hire workers from participating Pacific Islands countries who are able to return year after year. “One thing we have been advised is that as the economy gets strong in Europe,...

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How to ensure your business in Vanuatu is a success?

If your business in Vanuatu is not going so well, there might be a lot of reasons why. Maybe it’s because of the slow economy. Or because of the Government. Or TC Pam is to blame. Or you are doing something wrong. Or maybe you just need to advertise your business properly. Why advertising with Vila Times will be beneficial for your business?   – Vila Times is a unique media in Vanuatu Vila Times is the only printed weekly newspaper in Vanuatu. It is available in Port Vila, in Luganville on Santo, as well as on a number...

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Fiji received the largest loan in the Pacific to improve water infrastructure

Fiji has signed a US$75 million loan for a 20-year term from the European Investment Bank. It will finance part of the massive water upgrading works the Fiji Government will undertake to modernise water supply and sewerage plants to meet the growing demand in greater Suva area, reports Fiji Sun. This is the largest European Investment Bank support for water investment in a small island state and the largest loan in the Pacific, which signals the confidence the Bank has in Fiji’s financial standing. The Fiji Water and Wastewater Project is funded through a loan from the Asian Development...

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COP 23: EU and Australia refuse to pay for climate change-caused damage

The world’s rich countries, including those in the European Union and Australia, say they strongly disagree with a proposal to include financing the impact of weather-caused disasters in “Loss and Damage” negotiations in the United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Bonn. “We have to prioritise disaster, but not all disasters are fed by climate change,” said Australian negotiators in a prepared statement at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change, reports Asia Sentimental. Loss and Damage, a term used frequently in the negotiations especially by developing and least developed...

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Vanuatu and Australia dominated Oceania Judo Open in Port Vila

Vanuatu were guaranteed success in the women’s under-57 kilogram at the Farea Pasifika venue, which is located in the Warwick Le Lagon Resort and Spa. Vanuatu had the only two athletes in the event, with Florence Daoleuang winning two straight bouts against Veronica Tari to win the best-of-three competition. It was a similar story in the men’s over 100kg competition, as Nazarlo Fiakaifonu beat Georges Cumbo in consecutive bouts between the two local athletes. The men’s under 90kg event saw Vanuatu’s Nicolas Monvoisin emerge as the winner against Philippe Gardais, beating his compatriot in straight contests, reports. There...

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