A household survey essential before taxation changes, says ILO

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There is one item in today’s news which the Vanuatu Daily Digest feels should be compelling reading for everyone, certainly the dozens of townspeople the editor meets on buses from day to day. All are bewildered by the range of ideas politicians, government officers and experts are expressing on the topic of taxation for wage earners and companies. The item referred to is a front page article in Daily Post in which Jonas Cullwick carefully details the recommendations of a wages specialist of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the income tax proposal. What’s more, the ILO specialist is here for the rarely-reported Tripartite Labor Advisory Council, TLAC, which represents Vanuatu’s government, employers and workers in the country. TLAC held a public lecture and meeting at the Grand Hotel. The ILO expert, Daniel Kostzer, says Vanuatu needs a more evidence-based approach to the issue of taxation and a household survey is necessary. Yes, indeed. And the ILO must Read the rest of this entry »


Opinion: PACER Plus is a poor deal for Vanuatu businesses that we should walk away from

Vanuatu says no to PACER Plus

As negotiations for PACER Plus, the proposed regional free trade agreement between Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island Countries draw to a close, we can now see what it contains—and more importantly, what it means for Vanuatu producers. Read the rest of this entry »


Response from Vanuatu Registry Services Ltd to the PM’s statement on CIIP in Parliament

It is a sad day when Vanuatu’s Prime Minister resorts to the privilege afforded to statements made in Parliament to repeat a defamatory statement made by “others”.

The allegation that “… the monies have been retained by the agent, presently seeking judgement against the government through court hearings, have been moved to Caribbean tax havens, others reveal” is wholly and utterly Read the rest of this entry »


Under the microscope: Vanuatu’s transition out of Least Developed Country status

Microscopists from provincial medical facilities receive training under the supervision of the Chief Microscopist in Port Vila, Vanuatu 2012. Photo: Paul McGinty / DFAT

Closer examination is needed of the challenges that may arise from Vanuatu’s graduation from LDC status. File photo/Paul McGinty/DFAT

By Dr TK Jayaraman

Vanuatu is in the news again.

Along with three other Pacific Island countries, which enjoy the status of least developed country (LDC) for special treatment by international donor community including various multilateral funding agencies aside from industrialised nations, Vanuatu has made the right signals once again, as it would be graduating soon.

Addressing the Comprehensive High-level Mid-term Review by the UN of the Implementation of the Program of Action for the LDCs in Antalya in Turkey in late May 2016, Vanuatu’s Special Envoy stressed the need for reducing the extreme vulnerability to external shocks beyond domestic control.

The anxiety of Vanuatu, Read the rest of this entry »


Prime Minister Salwai’s statement on the first anniversary of Cyclone Pam

Villagers from Happy Land, Erromango, carry high energy biscuits and supplies back to their homes after a delivery of humanitarian aid by Australian troops following Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Photo: ADF

The Vanuatu Government’s response to Cyclone Pam began immediately following the disaster and will continue for the next 18 months. The first phase of the response was Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu one year after Pam: we need to talk about cyclones

A father and daughter stand in the wreckage of their home after Cyclone Pam. Photo: Unicef/Further Arts

A ni-Vanuatu father and daughter stand in the wreckage of their home after Cyclone Pam. Photo: UNICEF/Further Arts

By Karen Allen

Something is seriously wrong in the Pacific.

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How did Vanuatu, reliant on tourism, fail to maintain its main international runway?

Port Vila's Bauerfield international airport

Port Vila’s Bauerfield international airport: why has it taken so long to fix?

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