New Attorney General appointed; new Mystery Island jetty opened; Codex Alimentarius meeting for Vila

The new pier at Mystery Island (Inyeug) is officially opened. Photo: John Salong

The new jetty at Mystery Island (Inyeug) is officially opened, replacing the two lost during Cyclone Pam. Photo: John Salong

Radio Vanuatu News and Daily Post this morning both carry news of the appointment of the new Attorney General Arnold Kiel Loughman from Tanna. President Lonsdale signed the instrument of his appointment last weekend. Post described the appointment as a “close call,” with former Supreme Court Judge Ham Bulu also an applicant. Loughman’s academic record is exemplary, starting with UPNG and then study on international commercial and European law at the University of Sheffield. The Judicial Services Commission, making the appointment, comprises the Chief Justice, Minister of Justice, Chairman of the Public Service Commission and a representative of the Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs. Replacing the last AG, who contested the January elections and is now Leader of the Opposition, AG Loughman is the son of the late John Loughman, one of the fathers of Independence. Angeline Dovo has been acting AG.

The Government delegation in Tafea will attend the opening of the new Mystery Island jetty today. Downer Construction with local labourers has been working on the project since December. The new jetty will accommodate more passengers and a greater number of ferries from the visiting cruise ships. Explorer of the Seas was arrived today for the event.

Vanuatu will host the next regional meeting of FAO/WHO’s Codex Alimentarius committee which aims to standardise food standards to protect health safety. Standards for noni and kava are also being established. The meeting will take place in September. Emily Tumukon is the Vanuatu coordinator.