vanuatu Daily Post
|Friday July 20,2012
By Len Garae
isdetermined to make sure that allthe guests attending the OcialLaunching o the Vanuatu TradePolicy Framework by the PrimeMinister at the Holiday Inn thismorning are welcomed withresh, real lie leaves and fow-ers instead o Chinese articialfowers.Director o the Department o Trade Sumbe Antas said the ges-ture is to symbolize the messageto recognise the importance tomake use o value added prod-ucts to trade.It is also in the spirit o thecontent o the TPF which emha-sises 31 high level recommen-dations to conclude Vanuatu’sTrade Policy Framework. Theseinclude over-arching and sector-specic recommendations, rec-ommendations to break specicbarriers to trade, and recommen-dations on trade negotiations.These recommendations rep-resent a comprehensive TradePolice Framework suitable toguide public policy or the yearsto come. Andrea Giacomelli o theDepartment o Trade said whatis happening with the TPF is thatit is going to “marry” the existingPriority Action Agenda (PAA). “A Trade Policy Framework den-ing a national consensus ontrade-based growth policies willsignicantly help to achieve theultimate purpose o an ‘educated,healthy, and wealthy’ Vanuatu,” astatement to the media rom theDepartment said.The Vanuatu Governmenthas already in place a signicantnumber o trade-related poli-cies. The review o those policies,together with extensive nationalconsultations, has been instru-mental to identiy the key con-straints or barriers, preventingthe urther expansion o tradein goods and services (barriersto trade).The most signiicant barri-ers to trade existing in Vanuaturelate to lack o sucient inra-structures, unresolved landissues, lack o a competition pol-icy/law/authority, customs pro-cedures still dependent on apool o untrained/uncertiiedprivate agents, inadequate con-cession contracts or stevedoringservices, lack o proper acilitiesto deal with sanitary and Phy-tosanitary issues and with tech-nical barriers to trade, lack o productive capacity and inade-quate education/training o theni Vanuatu workorce. Vanuatuneeds to tackle those barriers i it is to nd its way out o pervertand into development by boost-ing exports. Aid or trade represents oneo the main tools available tothe Government to addressbarriers to trade. Over the lastdecade donor partners cameto increasingly appreciate theimportance o eliminating bar-riers to trade. “This is dem-onstrated by the act that thesteady increase in ocial devel-opment assistance was mostly due to additional aid or tradeunds – currently standing ataround 50% o ocial devel-opment assistance. Whilst aid ortrade has so ar privileged inra-structural projects it is recom-menced that donor partnerspositively consider the possibili-ty o providing additional undsto the macro-area o productivesectors”, the statement said.“The objectives o the VanuatuTrade Policy Framework are tomainstream trade into Vanuatu’snational development strategy;enhance development throughincreased exports o goods andservices; guide and inorm the workings o Vanuatu’s NationalTrade and Development Com-mittee; inorm trade negotia-tions; and acilitate increasedinfows o Aid or Trade”.Trade negotiations can alsobe used to address barriers totrade. Negotiations are a com-plex tool to achieve a straightorward objective: boosting thedomestic economy by acilitat-ing specialization in areas o comparative advantage. Vanuatuneeds to rame negotiating pro-posals aimed at eliminating key barriers to trade in those areas,in particular on services andlabour mobility. On the goodsside, oensive interests aremore limited but benets can beachieved i smart concessions ontari liberation are coupled withassistance to overcome barriersto trade related to customs andSPS/TBT issues and to supporttruly inant industries.The Vanuatu Trade Policy Framework has been drated by Proessor Biman Chan Prasadand Dr Andrea Giacomelli underthe direction o the Departmento External Trade in the Minis-try o Trade, Commerce, Indus-try and Tourism.
Department, Moses Amos,has conirmed that eye wit-nesses have witnessed a dug-ong (Sea Cow) being killedon the Southern end o IraIsland on July 18 (Wednes-day) in the morning.Mr Amos stated: “It hasbeen said that those involvedclaimed or it being caughton their shing nets and alsoeating the sh o their nets which is not true on the dug-ong’s part as its main dietdoes not include sh or any meat but rather sea grass andalgae.“The Department o Fish-eries is well aware o theincident and is urther inves-tigating the matter.“Members o the public arehereby advised that accordingto the Fisheries Act Cap 315No. 55 o 2005 dugongs areclassiied as “Marine Mam-mals” and Section 37 subsec-tion (1) states that A personmust not kill, harm, harass,take or move any marinemammal in the VanuatuWhale Sanctuary.“Also according to theFisheries Act, “VanuatuWhale Sanctuary” means all Vanuatu waters, thereoresuch actions are condemnedunder national legislation,international treaties andconventions on the protec-tion o marine lie.“Members o the publicshould be made aware thatdugongs, dolphins, porpoisesand whales are endangeredspecies and need utmost pro-tection rom harm and dan-ger.“Since Vanuatu has nowbecome a popular tourist des-tination it would be unwise tonot take precautionary meas-ures to protect and conserveour wildlie whether on landor at sea.“The penalty o breach-ing this Act is a ne or notmore than Vatu 50,000,000or a term o imprisonmentnot more than 2 years orboth.“Ignorance o the lawis not a deense, inexcusa-ble and cannot be tolerated.Let this be a warning to the Vanuatu population that kill-ing, harming, harassing, tak-ing or moving any marinemammal in Vanuatu watersis prohibited.“Thereore conserva-tion and protection o ourmarine resources is eve-ryone’s business or ourpresent and uture genera-tion,” Fisheries Director Mr Amos said.
Fisheries investigating killing of dugong at Ira
Prime Minister to launch Trade Policy Framework
charge o Paama Police posthas escorted a suspect romsouth Paama to be remandedat the correctional centre inPort Vila.This suspect was escort-ed to be remanded in Port Vilaater the Magistrate court sit-ing at Paama last week.The suspect was chargedwith sexual intercourse with-out consent.Police in port Vila havearrested two boys who stolea girl’s bag at Joe Restau-rant and run away with thebag.The police are warning thegeneral public, especially girlsto be aware o such activi-ties and take precaution totake extra care while walkingaround in the town.And also independencecelebration is just around thecorner and such activities areexpected to happen and sothe police are taking the meas-ure to advice the general pub-lic to take great considerationo their properties and makesure they are well secured.And to report any suspiciousactivity within your areas to thepolice.Police will not tolerate suchactivities to happen and willtake serious actions to dealwith anyone who is trying toinvolve in such activities.The suspect who wasinvolved with the assault caseo the New Zealand man earlythis month will appear beorethe magistrate court or pre-liminary hearing today Friday20th July 2012..Police ofcers who are incharge o Lamap and Paamapolice post are appeal-ing to the areas which theyare looking ater , especial-ly chies, community leadersand the people to celebratethis 32nd independence cel-ebration with peace and totake extra care while cele-brating.Police ofcers within theseareas will deal with anyonewho tries to be involved tobreak the law o the Repub-lic o Vanuatu.
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Voice communication ismuch clearer than beore, even with and among outer islands.Data access is much aster thanbeore as well.The PM also stated that“Alongside the development andimplementation o the GBN, wehave also developed a StrategiceGovernment Plan called the Vanuatu Integrated Govern-ment Initiative (or iGov Initia-tive) that was endorsed by theCouncil o Ministers in Novem-ber last year.“This iGov Initiative providesa blueprint or the developmentand management o ICT, not asan end in itsel but rather as aacilitator and lever or the com-prehensive reorm o VanuatuGovernment service delivery capabilities.“The core o the iGov Initia-tive is a sustained and intensiveprogramme o ICT applicationto every acet o governmentbusiness to improve perorm-ance and generate incremen-tal value.“I am pleased to inorm youall that we have been able tomake substantial progress onkey components o our iGov strategic Plan.“These include;
• The transfer of the ICT port
-olio rom the Ministry o Inra-structure and Public Utilities tothe Oce o the Prime Minister where it can benet rom top-level attention and support, andmore easily contribute value toall other sectors
• The establishment of the
Oce o the Government Chie Inormation Ocer (OGCIO) inthe Oce o the Prime Ministeras a dedicated centre or all gov-ernment activities related to theICT sector
• The identication of Gov
-ernment-wide applicationsrequirements and the design o an eective applications porto-lio.”The PM stressed: “The ull value o the iGov Initiative willnot be realised until the appli-cations are up and running andservices to businesses and citi-zens have been improved. Thoseobjectives are ully dependenton a stable and reliable network and data communications inra-structure.“In that regard the GBN,established under the E-Gov-ernment Project, is playingits critical role in the proc-ess. However, the continuedstability and reliability o theGBN remain key objectivesand major challenges or theGovernment rom the nanc-ing and technical resource per-spective.“For this reason, I haveinstructed the OGCIO and theMinistry o Finance to work with our development partnersand to spare no eort in den-ing an appropriate and sustain-able approach to meeting thosechallenges,” PM Kilman contin-ued.“On behal o the Govern-ment and the people o Vanuatu,I would like to take this opportu-nity to again thank the Govern-ment o the People’s Republic o China or its continued supporttowards our rst-ever eGovern-ment Network Project.”I realise that at the time o the loan agreement, the E-Gov-ernment Project drew consider-able criticism rom the businesscommunity and the generalpublic. In spite o the scepticism, we pressed on with the projectand we now have the GBN tocomplement the two privatesector backbone networks: Digi-cel and TVL.“Vanuatu now has arguably the best Government and Pri- vate Sector ICT inrastructurein the Paciic Islands. We are working collaboratively withDigicel and TVL to link thesenetworks to support redun-dancy and maximize the use o spare capacity.“We are also looking at wheth-er the Government BroadbandNetwork can support, on com-mercial wholesale terms, carry-ing what is expected to be anever increasing amount o datatrac.“No matter how we optimizethese three networks however, we will not achieve all o ourICT policy goals until they areconnected to an internationalsubmarine cable.“We need to make this hap-pen in the shortest possibletime.“While we continue toencourage and support the well-publicised private sec-tor-led initiative, the urgency and the strategic importanceo the project to the economicand social development o ournation demands that we alsocontinue our discussions withmultiple development part-ners regarding a Government-led public-private-partnershipapproach.“Only through a muchstronger link to the interna-tional inormation inrastruc-ture will we be able to continuebuilding on our recent success-es. Since the Government took the initiative to open up the tel-ecommunications sector, priceshave allen, the number o serv-ices has grown, the coverage ormobile voice has increased toaround 90% o the population,and the sector is now employingover 2,500 people.“Not only has the ICT sectorgrown but so has the impact onthe lives o everyone using tele-communications and other ICTproducts and services.“During the ceremony theMinisters and MPs who havenot yet been able to experienceusing the services oered onthe new network, will be ableto see rsthand demonstrationsby OGCIO qualied local engi-neers who have been successul-ly trained both in Vanuatu andin Senshen Huawei Centre o Excellence in China.”Kilman then stated, “Collec-tively our next major challengeis to ensure the same growth inthe use o the internet and accessto the world wide inormationsources and communities.“Government is developing itspolicies to enable the private sec-tor to achieve our vision o “ICTor All”.“We will only succeed in ourgoal o “ICT or All” and supportachieving a Healthy, Wealthy and Educated Nation, throughclose cooperation between thePrivate Sector and Governmentinitiatives.“As a priority we wish to seeevery school and manned healthcentre connected with high speedinternet by 2015. This will ena-ble considerable improvementsin our education and health serv-ices,” Kilman said.
Gov’t launches eGovernment Network