Mystery Island a model for tourism; President replaces Police Commissioner

Cruise ship visitors disembark on Inyeug, a.k.a. Mystery Island. Photo: DFAT

Cruise ship visitors disembark on Inyeug, a.k.a. Mystery Island. Photo: DFAT

In Parliament this week, Deputy Prime Minister Natuman has spoken eloquently concerning the huge success of Mystery Island as a day stopover for cruise ships. He emphasized the need for stakeholders to work together in any such venture and to make sure that the marketing was properly carried out. He was answering a query from an MP concerning more such stops at an island like Malekula. What is on offer, pointed out Natuman, has to give the tourist just what he or she needs, and the right amount of the same. Mystery Island has more tourist-relevant ventures available on cruise ship days than does Port Vila.

The Vanuatu Police Force has a new Police Commissioner. President Baldwin Lonsdale has appointed Colonel Robson Iavro, ex-head of the Vanuatu Mobile Force to replace Commissioner John Taleo. Iavro is certainly highly qualified academically with a Bachelor of Management from USP Laucala Campus and following an 18 month programme in Public Policy at the ANU in Canberra. President Lonsdale  gave no reason for Taleo’s removal, though the move follows Taleo’s conviction for drunk driving last month.

Luganville is electing its new mayor today.

Tuesday saw the launch of Peter Taurokoto’s autobiography Fighting for a Proper Passport. It goes right back to the beginnings of the Vanua’aku Pati. Taurokoto was first political adviser to the first PM, Walter Lini.

The Reserve Bank and the Vanuatu National Statistics Office (VNSO) are engaged in a financial inclusion survey to gain a better understanding of the needs of Ni-Vanuatu as regards financial services. “Making Vanuatu a more financially inclusive community is what it’s all about,” says the RBV Deputy Governor Peter Tari.