vanuatu Daily Post
|Tuesday May 17, 2011
By Len Garae
workshop on the World TradeOrganisation (WTO) to beheld in Parliament Chambersor all Members o Parliament yesterday was reportedly postponed by the Prime Min-ister on the grounds that he would like to meet with themembers o the WTO rst.Both politicians, interest-ed members o the public andstudents who turned up atParliament House were toldthat the workshop was post-poned to another date to beannounced later. It remainsto be seen i both sides o theHouse would be preparedto sit together or a learn-ing experience on the WorldTrade Organisation.Meanwhile critics are ada-mant Vanuatu is not ready to join the WTO. An independ-ent administrator who askednot to be named said, “I havea lot o respect or the Brus-sels-based Ambassador MrRoy Micky Joy or champion-ing the positive side o WTObut it is clear that Vanuatu isnot ready to join the globaltrade organization.“Over 70% o the popu-lation o Samoa are literateand they are a member o theWTO whereas in Vanuatu thepercentage o literacy amongthe population is about 34%so Vanuatu has a long way yet to go to qualiy to join theWTO,” he said.“I we have to ollow thebottoms up approach, itmeans that the grassroots inthe rural areas must rst beeducated enough in order tounderstand what WTO is allabout beore we can decide whether or not we are ready to sign up.”He said at this stage, themajority o people in therural areas do not have any idea about the WTO.“What we have is a smallgroup o public servants andpoliticians in Port Vila whoinsist that Vanuatu is ready to join the WTO while the 70%majority o the rural popula-tion are still in the dark,” hesaid.Meanwhile the Depart-ment o Trade and Industriesis organising a urther meet-ing on the WTO beginning at8.30 this morning and wel-comes the media to attend.
Politics surpassWTO workshop
Australia, the Cook Islands,Kiribati, Fiji, the Federat-ed States o Micronesia, theMarshall Islands, New Zea-land, Niue, Papua New Guin-ea, Samoa, the SolomonIslands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu will congregate nextmonth in New Zealand tobuild skills to create a morepeaceul region.The interactive ‘Wansol- wara Youth Peace-buildingConerence’ (W.Y.P.C) willempower young people withpeace-building and advocacy skills to take leadership andaction on issues that causeconfict in their communities.Wansolwara is a pidgin wordmeaning ‘one ocean-one peo-ple’.The peace-building initi-ative has been developed by young people who represent-ed the region at the NkabomCommonwealth YouthLeadership Programmein 2010 in Rwanda, Ari-ca. The Nkabom Common- wealth Youth LeadershipProgramme is one o theRoyal Commonwealth Soci-ety’s fagship youth projects.Nkabom (pronounced ink-a-bom) means ‘coming togeth-er’ in parts o Ghana, anddevelops a youth-led net- work o young leaders whopioneer peace building initi-atives in their communities,countries and beyond.Paciic Nkabom YouthSteering Committee mem-ber Ms Katrina Ma’u o Tonga says “this conerence will provide training or young people so that they are equipped with the toolsto ormulate action plansaround issues o conlictmost relevant to their coun-tries.”“This conerence is impor-tant because young peo-ple are not given sucientopportunities to build peaceand harmony in their societiesboth or their own generationand the wider society due toa lack o capacity, political voice, and access to resourc-es. This conerence helps toaddress that,” says Ms Ma’u.Commonwealth Youth Pro-gramme (CYP) Pacic CentreProgramme Manager PaulPeteru says “CYP believes insupporting young people todevelop their potential, skillsand abilities, including takingleadership in confict preven-tion, confict resolution andpeace-building eorts.”The conerence specially aims to:
• Address the themes of
leadership and confict reso-lution using examples in thePacic region as case studies
•Engage, educate and
embed key themes and the-ories which will give youngpeople the conidence totake action and enable themto assist their governmentsand stakeholders to devisebest practices, processes andmechanisms or peace in thePacic region.
•Enable cultural exchange
between participants andengage young people in key topics aecting their coun-tries.
• Foster the creative gener
-ation o thematically targetedprojects aimed at increasing youth involvement and partic-ipation in the wider commu-nity, based on the experienceo a broad cross-section o Pacic young people.
•Train young people in
youth leadership, negotiationand advocacy skills, within aPacic context.
Conference details:Wansolwara Youth Peace-Build-ing Conference: One ocean – OnepeopleWhen: 20th – 23rd of June, 2011Where: Auckland, New ZealandThe conference is supported bythe Commonwealth Youth Programme(CYP), United Nations DevelopmentProgramme (UNDP) and the UnitedNations Educational Scientific andCultural Organization (UNESCO).
Young People Spearhead aMovement for Peace in the Pacic
By Colson Wari
able to get an interview with theUnited States Ambassador to Vanuatu, Solomons and PapuaNew Guinea, Mr Teddy Taylor who spent two weeks in Santoor the Pacic Partnership pro-gram.The questions asked were inrelation to the killing o OsamaBin Laden and his opinionor the Paciic Island nations,the human rights violation inWest Papua and the chances o Vanuatu getting a second mil-lennium challenge compact.Mr Taylor stated that smallPaciic Island nation need tobe vigilant about their immi-gration controls, port security ater killing o the world’s most wanted man Osama Bin Ladenby American special orces onMay 2.“I think that Osama BinLaden’s death means there is onelast person who thinks about kill-ing thousands o people in this world.“I’m not one who believes cel-ebrating anyone’s death but cer-tainly as President Barak Obamahas said Bin Laden didn’t real-ly care about slaughtering 3000people on 9/11 and his riendshave no care or slaughteringpeople elsewhere in the world.“As it relates to the Paciicregion, I think that or the small-er Paciic Islands you still haveto be vigilant about your immi-gration control, your port secu-rity because there are peopleout there who do not like coun-tries to believe in represent-ative governments, reedomo speech and the kind o val-ues that Ni-Vanuatu and the American people hold near totheir hearts.”Moreover, Mr Taylor statedthe United States o Americadoesn’t condone human rights violation anywhere in the worldand said the West Papua is aninternal Indonesian Governmentmatter.“The West Papuans and theIndonesian Government need to work out their dispute as it is aninternal Indonesian matter buthuman rights violation cannotbe condoned.”In regards to millenniumchallenge compact, AmbassadorTaylor said Vanuatu does notmeet the criteria o getting thesecond millennium challenge.“We don’t know whether we will be able to get another mil-lennium challenge compact ornot. At this time Vanuatu doesn’tmeet the criteria, the govern-ment is aware o what it is.”Mr Teddy said the UnitedStates will continue to work with the Vanuatu Governmentto try to get Vanuatu a secondcompact.
Bin Laden’s death meansIsland nations need to bevigilant: US Ambassador
Right to left: Solomons ready to accede (delegation second, third and fourth) to WTO