Vanuatu Daily News Digest | 21 September 2015

Prime MInister Kilman is again thanking China for its assistance to Vanuatu’s development projects. The Radio Vanuatu audio quality of the PM’s address in the matter was not particularly clear but the amount involved is said to be around VT 1.5 billion. Included is the amount necessary to begin work in replacing the Korman stadium which earlier governments have failed to maintain properly, as with Malapoa College. The new stadium will be needed in two years for the SP Mini-Games.

The Governor of the Reserve Bank says that the old coinage will need to be exchanged for new money by February next year when the old legal tender will cease to be used. This follows complaints from certain sectors as regards the similarity in size and design of certain of the new coins to old ones of lesser value. (VBTC)

The Lands Minister, Paul Telukluk, is calling for a review of the reformed land laws because no custom land owners have been registered yet under the new procedures even though they have been in effect for 17 months. The lead item in Daily Post today appears to be a press release from the Lands Ministry. It is headed Land Law Review. One wonders whether it is the new laws which (despite massive consultation at regional or district level) are at fault, or the practical aspects of implementing them.

On-line business registration of companies will be possible under new laws for the purpose. Certain of the details are explained in today’s Daily Post. Roy McDonald of the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission explains in today’s paper that many companies will have to register again under the new legislation.

The Saturday coastal clean-up is described by Post as being a great success. Many local businesses assisted in the efforts to get rid of much litter. Residents further inland continue to ask when the Environment Unit will insist on tarpaulins to cover waste-carrying trucks going to Etas. Many liberally spray sides of the main road with every kind of waste when they get on to straight and non-potholed stretches where they can gather speed.