Vanuatu daily news digest | 27 May 2014

A regional seismic network involving the island countries is being set up this evening at Le Lagon Hotel. The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Minister James Bule and French Ambassador Michel Djokovic will launch ORSNET in the presence of the region’s seismic experts, and with UNESCO support. Better and faster earthquake information sharing should assist in managing tsunami alerts throughout the island countries, VBTC News reported. With better information sharing technology in the hands of most families owning mobile telephony, hasty trips of carloads of people to Bellevue high ground may be a thing of the past.

Dialogue on the possibility of Vanuatu withdrawal from the MSG Trade Agreement was started by the previous government, Daily Post reveals today. The former minister responsible, Edward Natapei, told Parliament that the agreement does not benefit Vanuatu at all. Local industry, most notably the local soft drink industry, has been stifled by the agreement.

It would seem that the Vanuatu Republican Party has been blamed for rumours of a new motion of censure. Secretary General of the party, Jossie Masmas, assures readers of Daily Post that the national executive of the VRP has pledged support for the Natuman Government.

And meanwhile … veteran politician Maxime Carlot Korman has announced his retirement from politics.

Santo leaders have congratulated PM Natuman on his back to basics style of leadership.