Vanuatu daily news digest | 27 October 2014

Princess Anne is in the country and presented an MBE to Tony Whitley, founder of the Rowhani Bahai School at Santo (covered by Daily Post) as well as attended a reception at the Australian High Commission. The Princess Royal’s time is now given over to the Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue involving young Pacific Islanders from a number of Commonwealth countries, on behalf of her father. She will also be visiting one of her favourite charities, Save the Children, and her visit ends on Wednesday.

Radio Vanuatu News this morning carried the Agriculture Department insisting on replanting of coconuts since the majority inspected are considered beyond the useful age. Coconuts continue to be the cornerstone of the rural economy.

Radio Vanuatu also carried the Teaching Service Commission’s Derek Alexander (Chairman) saying that starting next year all teachers must be graduates of the Vanuatu Institute of Teaching Education, rather than only from universities. Work has begun in issuing teaching licences at year’s end. They are to be the guarantee of quality education, he said.

Daily Post also reports a legal framework for the Efate Port Vila Land Transport Assn. An Ambassador drivers’ training workshop has been taking place at the Vanuatu Hotels Training Centre, with New Zealand assistance, and the Chairman of the Tourism Ambassador Programme, George Borugu, announced the new policy at the training activity.

Training of trainers on career counseling for young people was the subject of an ILO course greatly assisted by the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry(VCCI) very recently. The training was said to be particularly helpful for VCCI staff representing employers, to be able to understand the preparation the young persons need. The Chamber was also greatly assisted by Rotary in recently in training for small and micro-business owners.

A Designs Act and Trademarks Act have been gazetted and came into effect on October 9. Full details are given in Daily Post.