Vanuatu daily news digest | 22 August 2014

Vanuatu Investment Immigration Limited is the company which will run the Capital Investment Immigration Plan (CIIP) as the master agent in Hong Kong. PM Natuman visited the premises which have been used by Vanuatu Registry Services for this purpose until now.

Prime Minister Natuman has received confirmation that the new national convention centre will be finished in August next year. PM Natuman visited the engineering group responsible on his recent trip to China. The government should be able to host the 2017 CHOGM meeting in the new premises.

The Vanua’aku Pati Congress takes place next week at the Port Vila lycée. Delegates have begun arriving.

Cocaine in one reported case has tested positive. Two suspects are remanded in custody.

No prosecutions for bribery is highlighted on the Transparency page of Daily Post. This is over a period of five years. In 2011 a fraud of VT 8,900,544 was identified as having been conducted by a political adviser to a minister. Illegal citizenships are also headlined.

Councillors of the Port Vila Municipality have been learning more about preparedness against natural phenomena. Areas of likely impact, especially from tsunami, have been mapped and noted by the councillors, and awareness exercises conducted. The Japanese government has assisted with funding.

Tony yesterday commented to this news blog on the PM’s support of the CIIP programme: "It seems that from the PM down everyone is looking at the CIIP scheme as the ‘goose that laid the golden egg.‘ I see it only as a very small and temporary fix to the economy here in Vanuatu. The large amounts of money coming will soon dry up, as there is only a set number willing to invest here via CIIP. It will not be an endless flow of people and money. What then? The think tanks should get their collective heads together to address that very important next step forward."