Happy Constitution Day! Plus–Air Zealand clears Airbus A320s to land; Solomon Islands PM Sogavare on official visit

Kava ceremony at the Vanuatu Constitution signing ceremony, on this day in 1979

Kava ceremony at the Vanuatu Constitution signing ceremony, on this day in 1979

Happy Constitution Day, Vanuatu! President Baldwin Lonsdale has just addressed those attending the annual celebration, reminding them of the necessity of following the Mama Law of Vanuatu which has seen many infringements in the last 12 months by persons elected to represent us. The ceremony takes place in the small square in front of the Port Vila Market where the original document was signed in 1979 (as shown in the image above).

Plus, there is more good news today, with Airports Vanuatu being complimented for its work on the Bauerfield runways now enabling the Airbus A320 to land and one such plane coming from New Zealand. Regular services of this plane from that place are not to start at once but may well do so soon. Air New Zealand inspectors checked out the runway works and were complimentary. Airports Vanuatu Limited CEO Jason Rakau said the company is in the final stages of preparing bid documents for the major upgrade of Bauerfield planned for early next year. CEO Rakau has said every effort will be made to reduce disruptions.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is here to sign the historic border agreement with Vanuatu in the Banks Islands this week. More on that soon, too. PM Sogavare attended the Constitution Day events this morning.

Sadly, the recent news advising large grants to be sent to Area Councils is coming unstuck, Leader of Government Business, MP Fred Tasso advises. This is because Bills coming before Parliament need to be in accordance with the Decentralisation Policy. This would now need for the Ministerial Budget Committee to reconsider its rejection of the decentralisation plans. And if not, Government backbenchers are said to be likely to reject the allocations to Area Councils.(Daily Post)