First visit by Indian Minister sees launch of new Vanuatu–India co-operation initiatives

India’s Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal and Vanuatu's Minister for Foreign Affairs Bruno Leingkone at today's launch of the Vanuatu India Business Interaction

India’s Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal and Vanuatu’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Bruno Leingkone at today’s launch of the Vanuatu India Business Interaction

A new bilateral business initiative between India and Vanuatu, the ‘Vanuatu India Business Interaction’, has been launched by Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman and India’s Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal. Deputy PM Natuman pointed out the importance of India as a trading and development partner. This is the first state visit by an Indian minister to Vanuatu, and the two countries also signed an MoU for a Centre of Excellence in IT as well. (Radio Vanuatu)

The Constitutional case of the 14 jailed former MPs was said to be close to completion after final testimonies were given yesterday, with the Supreme Court adjourned until today (Daily Post).

Continuing with their action amounting to contempt of court, the Pentecost Chief Viraleo Boborenvanua and eight others were in court yesterday and again dressed in traditional kastom attire. Justice David Chetwynd, having already entered “not guilty” pleas for all concerned refused to hear them “because clearly they have no respect for this court.” They openly disobeyed the court over the dressing matter. Apart from three boys allowed to return to Pentecost, Chief Viraleo and the five accused of rioting, arson, threatening and malicious damage have been returned to prison until their court hearing on 6 March. (Daily Post)

The appointment of a new national committee concerned with national boundaries is awaiting the formal agreement of the Council of Ministers. Foreign Minister Leingkone made the announcement this week. Radio Vanuatu has reported the matter again today.

Fourteen MPs are departing today on a visit to China organised by China’s Communist Party. They represent the different political parties in Parliament. Daily Post reports their travel today as it does the PM’s recent visit to China along with representatives of 50 other countries.