Pasifika TV brings NZ television content to Vanuatu; PM in New Caledonia for annual talks

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PM Salwai Pasifika TV launch

PM Salwai at the Pasifika TV launch last Tuesday. Photo via Twitter/@RRegenvanu

TV was mentioned here yesterday. It is an element of the New Zealand Foreign Affairs Ministry’s efforts to provide quality television content to Pacific TV broadcasters. Part of NZ’s Pacific Broadcasting Initiative, Pasifika TV is launching this month all over the Pacific islands region and is something from which TBV could well benefit. There are eight hours a day being supplied including news, documentaries and sports, and Pasifika TV is supporting rebroadcast to island country audiences and promoting more and better local production in the countries receiving the service. Pasifika TV was introduced to local ministers and Vanuatu media professionals on Tuesday night at the New Zealand High Commission in Port Vila. It is being unveiled throughout the region, New Zealand, as High Commissioner Roberts proudly asserts, being a Pacific country. And as media managers and producers agreed on Tuesday night, the Pasifika initiative and contribution would draw viewers to a daily mix of programming that could put aside much of the often dubbed foreign soap operas which fill the air viewing hours of TBV which just does not have the funding to access such quality production as Pasifika TV proposes. Watch TBV for announcements concerning Pasifika TV programming.

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas left Port Vila yesterday morning to attend the annual meeting of the governments of Vanuatu and New Caledonia, this time in Nouméa. This is the meeting at which Vanuatu learns the extent of funding available from its southern neighbour and “cousin brother.” Vanuatu hosted the meeting last year. PM Salwai will also meet with the FLNKS spokesman, Victor Tutugoro and reveal what he has learned from Solomon Islands PM Sogavare’s endorsement of Vanuatu’s policy towards West Papua, that West Papua should become a full member of the MSG. He will have talks with the New Caledonian Custom Senate and Chief of the Vanuatu Community in New Caledonia. (Radio Vanuatu News)

Attempts to prevent gaoled UMP President Serge Vohor attending the party’s 25th National Congress at the Lycée Bougainville are to be resolved at the Congress itself the Supreme Court has ruled. Vohor and Tony Wright were taken back by Correctional Service officers after arriving at the Congress venue on May 15. In December last year they were banned from holding public office for ten years as a result of their involvement in the criminal act of bribery. (Daily Post)

The Salwai Government wants to see State Owned Enterprises becoming more profitable and returning dividends to the government. The practice has become one of SOEs going back to government to seek assistance, he observes. He encourages SOEs to follow the example given by Ifira Trustees which he understands has good management and continues to pay a dividend to government. (Radio Vanuatu)

The Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority is preparing amendments to the VIPA Act which have been foreseen as essential for the continued operations of the Authority but never actually seen the Act modified. This has enabled many investors to arrive and engage in sub-division activities with land, making considerable profits before leaving the country again, the VCCI says. This will be stopped with amended legislation. (Daily Post)