Pacific Forum Island Countries’s Chief Trade Adviser declares his independence

Ghanaian lawyer Dr Edwini Kessie – Chief Trade Adviser for OCTA. Photo: OCTA

Ghanaian lawyer Dr Edwini Kessie – Chief Trade Adviser for OCTA. Photo: OCTA

The Chief Trade adviser for the Forum Island Countries, Dr Edwin Kessie, defends the integrity of his position and denies he or his office takes instructions from Australia or New Zealand, he says Read the rest of this entry »


Prime Minister Salwai raises decolonisation of Pacific, climate change in address to UN General Assembly

HE Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, Prime Minister of Vanuatu, addressing the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, 23 September 2016. Photo: UN

HE Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, Prime Minister of Vanuatu, addressing the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, 23 September 2016. Photo: UN

Climate change was real and its consequences are being felt worldwide, Prime Minister Salwai said in his address to the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly yesterday in New York. Vanuatu has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the Secretary-General two days ago, he said, calling on Read the rest of this entry »


Visas no longer required for short stays in New Caledonia

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France’s Ambassador and Vanuatu’s Prime Minister have both welcomed visa-free entry to New Caledonia by nationals of Vanuatu. This applies to those staying no longer than  Read the rest of this entry »


PM Salwai backs Pacific Islands Forum membership of France’s Pacific colonies

Vanuatu's new Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai

Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai.

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Vanua’aku Party Congress reflects on historical connection to Santo’s Hog Harbour

Hog Harbour, Espiritu Santo

Hog Harbour, Espiritu Santo

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PM Salwai meets with his New Zealand counterpart PM Key on official visit

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai is officially welcomed to New Zealand by NZ Prime Minister John Key at Auckland War Memorial Museum today. Photo: Twitter/@johnkeypm

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai was officially welcomed to New Zealand by NZ Prime Minister John Key at Auckland War Memorial Museum today. Photo: @johnkeypm/Twitter

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Pacific Islands Forum sends observer team to monitor 2016 General Election

The Pacific Islands Forum has deployed a team of electoral observers to scrutinize the January 22 General Election.

Pacific Islands Forum logoThey will join the Commonwealth’s team of electoral observers to enhance the transparency and accountability of the General Election. They will be present throughout every stage of the voting and counting process on election day, to help ensure that the vote is free and fair.

The Forum Observer Team comprises Mr Pita Vuki, Commissioner and Supervisor of Elections of the Kingdom of Tonga, and Ms Taggy Tangimetua, Chief Electoral Officer of the Cook Islands. The team is supported by the Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji.

The Forum Observer Team will be based in Efate from 14—25 January. They will meet with Vanuatu Government representatives, civil society, churches, development partners, regional and international agencies and the diplomatic corps ahead of polling day to gain an enhanced understanding of the electoral and political environment in Vanuatu.
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