Vanuatu daily news digest | 7 January 2015

‘Silly Season’ news, or the absence of events of national importance, continues – and thus no Vanuatu Daily News Digest yesterday. However, a significant issue is hotting up and sees the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry highly critical of the manner in which a new Industrial Development Act is being put into force immediately. VCCI is seeking many and varied clarifications from the State Law Office and says there is no local business manufacturing value added products and trading internationally, even though the Department is requiring all local industries to register. Daily Post today carries the story.

Post also carries a story suggesting a likely kava bar exemption to the Industries Bill requirements. It refers to kava chips production and attempts to export kava to Europe.

The VCCI will likely have amplification of these issues in its next column in Post.

Post also has the Prime Minister urging the fishermen of the VFA to put their house in order, unite and accept the Government’s offer of a good will payment in their long-running battle to have a debt recognized. The legal basis of their claim remains highly questionable and is certainly unlikely to be as acceptable to the courts, the PMO has stated, as the fishermen have been led to believe.