Historic agreement gives Vanuatu access to US Coast Guard vessels for maritime law enforcement

Minister for Internal Affairs Alfred Maoh and US Ambassador ot Vanuatu Catherine Ebert-Gray at the signing of the Law Enforcement Accord and Ship Rider Agreement between the two countries. Photo: US Embassy Port Moresby

Minister for Internal Affairs Alfred Maoh and US Ambassador to Vanuatu Catherine Ebert-Gray sign the Law Enforcement Accord and Ship Rider Agreement last Monday. Photo: US Embassy Port Moresby

Vanuatu and the United States have sealed a new maritime law enforcement agreement. The Law Enforcement Accord and Ship Rider Agreement between the two countries, signed on Monday, will allow Vanuatu’s law enforcement officers to use United States Coast Guard ships as platforms for boarding suspicious ships anywhere in Vanuatu’s EEZ. This is to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activity. Other Pacific countries to have signed similar agreements with the USA are Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, FSM and the Cook Islands. Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray said that the United States wants to build maritime security in partnership with Pacific island countries. The agreement has helped Kiribati achieve US$4 million in fines in a single year. (Radio Vanuatu)

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Vanuatu’s economy can expect modest growth for next two years, says Asian Development Bank

This graph by the Asian Development Bank shows their projections for growth in Pacific island economies for 2016 and 2017. Image: ADB

This graph by the Asian Development Bank shows their projections for growth in Pacific island economies for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years. Image: ADB

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Prepaid meters best for Vanuatu’s electricity consumers, say Ministers

Another slow news day. Radio Vanuatu News has Ministers Moana Carcasses and Steven Kalsakau and Lands DG Joe Ligo all thumping the table — still — over their gripe that the Utilities Regulatory Authority is taking too long to decide on the appropriate prepaid meter system.

Minister Steven Kalsakau sees us better managing our use of electric power with prepaid meters, he tells us in Radio Vanuatu News, in a further run of soundbites from last week’s press conference. Hardly news today, and where Steven Kalsakau is concerned, many voters in the peri-urban area most likely see only the empty election promises of Ministers who are in jeopardy.

While on the topic, Minister Steven Kalsakau’s fraud case finally comes into court on Thursday at Dumbea court house.

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