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Changes in VIPA application form and processes

June 30, 2018

IN its monthly Board Meeting on June 27, the VIPA Board of Directors approved and endorsed the following decisions: 1. Approval and endorsement of the new VIPA Business Plan Template and Foreign Investment Application Certificate (FIAC) Application Changes. 2. Changes in the FIAC Certificate Processes.

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Study reveals benefits of keeping global warming in check

June 29, 2018

KEEPING global temperature increases to the lower end of the Paris climate accord would make a dramatic difference to the severity of coral bleaching by mid-century, according to research to be presented to the UN’s World Heritage Committee. The study, conducted by scientists found only four of the 29 World Heritage reefs are projected to experience severe bleaching twice a decade from heat stress by the second half of this century if war ...

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Three-year Red Cross project ends

June 29, 2018

THE three-year Vanuatu Red Cross (VRC) project called ‘Supporting community planning 3’, supported by French Red Cross (FRC) and funded by USAid, came to an end today. The project began in July 2015 and was based Vanua Lava, Malekula and Gaua. It established 21 community disaster committees and 20 water and hygiene committees.

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Partnership to improve children’s health in Pacific

April 17, 2018

THE United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) have signed a NZ$7 million agreement to support the prevention and reduction of newborn mortality in Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The ceremony today was attended by Nikenike Vurobaravu, High Commissioner of the Republic of Vanuatu, and John Patteson Oti, High Commissioner of the Solomon Islands in Fiji, and Acting H ...

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Encourage private sector development says ADB

April 17, 2018

EFFORTS to support private sector development should be stepped up to boost Vanuatu’s economy, with growth expected to moderate to 3.2 per cent in 2018 and 3 per cent in 2019, says a new Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) report.

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Beach volleyballers create Vanuatu history

April 13, 2018

VANUATU beach volleyballers Linline Matauatu and Miller Pata created sporting history for Vanuatu tonight, winning a Bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Ranked fourth, the Ni Vanuatu pair again showed their class in defeating the 10th-ranked Cypriot pair of Mariota Angelopoulou and Manolina Konstantinou in a convincing 21-14, 21-10, in a little over half an hour. It was Vanuatu’s second Bronze medal ...

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PM Salwai refutes any plan for Chinese military base

April 13, 2018

PRIME Minister Charlot Salwai has put out a statement to ‘utterly refute’ claims by Fairfax Media that the Vanuatu government has been approached by the Chinese government to set up a military base in Vanuatu. He also refuted that preliminary discussions had been held between the two governments to that end.

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PM ‘must take Political Bloc seriously’

April 12, 2018

MALEKULA MP Sato Kilman says Vanuatu’s Prime Minister should seriously consider what the Political Bloc is asking, not trying to find out about the Solidarity Agreement. Speaking to the Independent Online, Mr Kilman said ‘the Prime Minister should seriously consider what we have asked’. “Because we are not asking for a change of government, we asked him to deal with the issues and these issues matters significantly to our count ...

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Salwai: Solidarity Agreement is for a motion, not a petition

April 12, 2018

VANUATU’S Prime Minister says he has not received any petition from the new political bloc that was made last Wednesday and he believes it is not a petition but a manipulation for MPs to sign another motion against him. Mr Salwai said ‘with the Solidarity Agreement (SA) that the political bloc made, to say that they have made a petition to me, I have never received a petition.’

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China eyes Vanuatu military base

April 10, 2018

CHINA has approached Vanuatu about building a permanent military presence in the South Pacific in a globally significant move that could see the rising superpower sail warships on Australia’s doorstep. Fairfax Media can reveal there have been preliminary discussions between the Chinese and Vanuatu governments about a military build-up in the island nation. While no formal proposals have been put to Vanuatu’s government, senior secu ...

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