vanuatu Daily Post
|Tuesday January 22,2013
organising an Implementa-tion Support Clinic and theLaunch or the IncreasingResilience to Climate Changeand the Mainstreaming Disas-ter Risk Reduction in Vanuatutoday.Starting January 22-24 andFebruary 2 -13 the Clinic andProject launch aims to providethe implementing Ministries,agencies and Project Man-agement Units (PMU) s withan overview o Bank Opera-tions and hands-on assistanceon current project issues toacilitate implementation o both at ongoing projects andprojects in the pipeline.The clinic will includeexpertise rom Washingtonand the Sydney Hub and willocus on all aspects o projectimplementation including abrie overview o the projectcycle as well as legal pro-curement, disbursementand inancial managementrequirements at dierentstages o the project.The success o the clinic will depend on active involve-ment by the participants who, we expect will come prepared with problems and issuesaced during project prepara-tion and implementation sothe team can jointly resolvethem during these sessions.
By Elton Barley
rom the Food Technolo-gy Development Centre and Analytical Unit (FTDC- AU)rom the Ministry o Trades,Commerce, Tourism andIndustries are currently run-ning test on our or iron. Acting on a request romthe Department o Customs,the technicians are checkingi imported our are ortifedor simply, contain the rightamount o Iron as it should.The FTDC- AU manageress,Mrs. Ruth Amos, explains thataccording to Health Laws alllour and rice that enters thecountry must be ortiied orhave the right amount o Iron.“The purpose o the iron isto strengthen our blood, butplenty mothers and childrendon’t have Iron so are get-ting Anaemia, or as we say in Bislama, nogat ina blad,”says Mrs AmosMrs Amos says they arealso testing or Iodine or saltin all imported oods ensur-ing that they contain it asrequired by the Health regu-lations.
By Jonas Cullwick
City, Reuben Olul, hasappealed to the Minister o Internal Aairs, Daniel Toara,to reinstate the privileges o the councilors o the munic-ipality. He made the request while welcoming the ministerduring his visit to the TownHall Monday midday as parto the Minister’s visit that alsotook in the Departments o Labour and Immigration.Mayor Olul alleged pol-itics was the reason or thesuspension o his council oralmost a year during 2011and 2012 adding that thecouncil has been reinstated,but he would like MinisterToara to re-instate the priv-ileges o the councilors. Healso complained to the min-ister about what he saw as aserious break down in coop-eration between the coun-cilors and the administrationsta headed by those in Pub-lic Service posts such as theTown Clerk and the Account-ant.“I wish to thank you or your visit and I would like usto work together to advancethe aairs and services o thePort Vila Municipal Council,”Mayor Oul said.The Minister respondedsaying the decision by theGovernment to make theTown Clerk and the Account-ant positions public serviceposts was to lessen the fnan-cial pressure on the coun-cils. And that in uture it isplanned to also make theTown Planner a Governmentpaid position.“I understand the council was suspended or issues that were not directly yours, suchas the outstanding bills o the council totaling over Vt1billion, which I know began with the previous mayors andcouncilors,” Mr Toara said.He agreed his ministry andthe municipal council neededto work together to keep Port Vila the doorway it deservedto the twice voted happiestplace on earth.The minister then metthe councilors and the sta o the various departmentsand units o the municipality beore ending his visit.Beore that, in the morn-ing the Minister o Internal Aairs visited the ofces andmet the sta o the Depart-ment o Labour, headed by the Commissioner o Labor,Lionel Kaluat, and the Depart-ment o Immigration, wherehe was shown around by the Assistant Principal Immi-gration Oicer, James Nar- wayeng, and the PrincipalPassports Ofcer, Henry Tam-ashiro.It was the minister’s irst visit to these departmentsand ofces under his respon-sibility since being appointedMinister o Internal Aairs inDecember.
World Bank organises Clinic andProject launch to tackle ClimateChange resilience implementation
Minister Toara Daniel Kalo (l) listens to the appeals of Port Vila Mayor Olul
Port Vila Mayor Olul calls on Ministerto reinstate councilors’ privileges
Mrs. Ruth Amos showing the experiment in FTDC-AU lab
Lab technicians testing our for iron
parents and teachers o theprestigious Malapoa Second-ary College have welcomedthe long awaited afrmationrom Prime Minister Sato Kil-man that the Vanuatu gov-ernment will address therun-down Malapoa collegebuildings with assistancerom the Chinese govern-ment.PM Kilman ormally revealed this when he signedo three important docu-ments with China’s vice Min-ister o Commerce ZhongShan prior the ground break-ing ceremony on the con-struction site o the NationalConvention Centre early this week.The economic and tech-nical cooperation agree-ment committed the Peoples’Republic o China to (I) Vt900 million assistance tothe Vanuatu Government(II) a package to extend theoice o the Prime ministerto cater or more sta and;(III) An agreement or Chi-nese technicians to under-take a easibility study which will pave the way or a Chi-nese aid unded renovationo Malapoa college.“We all know the currentrun down state o the build-ings,” he said.“We have approached theChinese government andthey have generously agreedto assist.”
Chinese technicians to conduct feasibilitystudy on Malapoa College: PM Kilman
By Gorethy Kenneth
in Belgium, Brussels, only senta letter to the PNG ofcials onJanuary 11, advising o thelight details carrying Van-uatu’s diplomats all the way rom Mali. A Mr Kapi Maro, rom thePNG ofce in Brussels, wrote aletter on January 11, 2013 andsent it to Samuel Pulup, Direc-tor-General PST – Division.Mr Maro advised that theofce received a request romthe Vanuatu ofce in Brussels,detailing the travel arrange-ments o two diplomats andor the oice to check andapprove the request or theSekan brothers who travelledon UN diplomatic passportsissued in Vanuatu.Their visit was rom Janu-ary 17-20. No urther inor-mation was given, accordingto a brie obtained by the Post-Courier.This is where the trip allbegan. On Thursday, January 17, the private plane, call-signNIIIVM, with the two Sekanbrothers, three crew mem-bers, including a emale andthe pilot, travelled 22 hours toget to Port Moresby’s Jackson’sinternational airport, landingat 8:15pm. According to inormationsupplied to the Post-Courier,the plane belongs to the Inter-national Jet Club Limited, aUK-based company, but theight originated in Dallas, thenover Cape Verde to Mali, thenGan in Maldives and fnally toPort Moresby.The Post-Courier was alert-ed an hour ater the planelanded – basically because the Airport Operation crew (Cus-toms and Immigration) werecaught o guard. They hadpacked and were about toleave when the plane landedand taxied to the parking bay. According to inormationsupplied by Jackson’s airportoperation personnel, one body guard and the advance teamarrived on Wednesday romHong Kong on a commercialight. Vanuatu Foreign Minis-ter Alred Carlot and the For-eign Aairs Secretary arrivedon Thursday morning via Bris-bane. On the same ight withthem were PNG’s Foreign Min-ister Rimbink Pato and State-owned Enterprise Minister BenMicah.The plane arrived on Thurs-day night. And on Friday morning two more Vanuatuofcials arrived in Port Mores-by.The crew members stayedat Airways Hotel while the twopassengers – the Sekan broth-ers – joined the Vanuatu For-eign Aairs team at Holiday Inn. Airport operations ofcialstold the Post-Courier on Fri-day morning that police werealready alerted about themystery plane by their intel-ligence sources.Police picked up everyoneon board the plane or inter- views that took place all day on Friday.
PNG Post Courier
PNG was sent letter from Brussels about details of ight
The Minister o Agriculture's ofcial vehicle in an accident, Minister Kalau Moli was not in the vehicle as it was driven byanother person while the minister was reportedly on Santo..
Pic Malz Namak