3 New MPs Ampointed into Vanuatu Government

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai has appointed three new State Ministers; two replacing the ousted former Minister of Public Utilities, Jotham Napat, and former Agriculture Minister Matai Seremaiah, and a reshuffle in the Ministry of Justice.

Torres MP Christophe Emelee is now the new Minister of Public Utilities and Infrastructure, the new Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock, Fisheries and Biodiversity is Santo Rural MP Hosea Nevu, replacing former Minister Matai Seremaiah.

he Prime Minister also appointed Malekula MP Don Ken, to take over the portfolio of Justice Minister as the former Minister and Santo Rural MP Ronald Warsal, stepped down to pave way for this appointment, following an arrangement between the VP and the coalition government. According to PM Salwai, this arrangement is to ensure the current government remains solid until the end of its term.

PM Salwai has taken over the portfolios of Maritime, Shipping Registry and Ports and Harbor and said he will shortly appoint a Political Secretary to be responsible for Maritime, Shipping Registry and Port and Harbor institutions.

During the swearing in of the three new state ministers, the Prime Minister assured the country that the government he leads has the support of 35 MPs in the national parliament and it will remain in power until the end of its term in 2020.

Commenting to the Daily Post afterwards, a Political Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office remarked: “In politics you don’t have to give reasons for the ‘hiring and firing’ of state ministers and political appointees,” he said.

The swearing-in ceremony took place in the Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday evening.

Source: Vanuatu Daily Post

Vanuatu PM Launches Policy Documents

Several important national documents have been launched recently by Prime Minister (PM), Charlot Salwai, to support the implementation of the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP).

Also referred to as ‘Vanuatu 2030, the People’s Plan’, the NSDP is the country’s highest policy framework. It sets out the vision for the future development of Vanuatu within the next 15 years.

The National Planning Framework (NPF), National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy (MEP), National Records and Information Management Policy (NRIMP), Vanuatu 2030 Communications and Engagement Strategy and Action Plan (VCESAP) were developed as foundation to guide the government and development partners on how to implement the overarching NSDP.

The draft National Human Resource Development Plan is near completion and will be endorsed at a later time, including the National Disaster Framework.

The development of these frameworks are facilitated by the Department of Strategic Planning and Aid Policy Coordination (DESPAC) under the PM’s Office.

People at the provincial and local authorities including the community contributed to the planning and policy development with assistance from donor partners.

These frameworks align with the global sustainable sustainable development goals. They will guide development partners to align their programs to the vision, goals and objectives of the main policy.

PM Salwai said the NSDP reflects the desire of all people across the country and will guide decision makers in leading development.

During the launching event last Friday, PM Salwai also launched the Annual Development Report for 2017 and the NSDP Early Phase Communication Products such as logos and banners.

The Deputy Prime and Minister of Trades and Business, Bob Loughman, Minister of Internal Affairs Andrew Napuat and other other high officials from the government, private and civil sector attended the launch.

Source: http://dailypost.vu/