Vanuatu to host next Pacific Islands Forum

Pacific leaders have decided on the venues for the next three leaders summits. At last week’s summit in Tuvalu it was announced that Vanuatu would host in 2020, Fiji in 2021 and Kiribati in 2022.

Vanuatu and New Caledonia have signed a free trade agreement. The deal was signed on Tuesday by Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and his counterpart Philippe Germain. According to New Caledonia Trade Invest, it will lift taxes and duties on…
Nine New Zealand MPs head to Melanesia

Nine New Zealand politicians are preparing for a six day trip to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu next week. Speaker Trevor Mallard, along with five women and three male MPs, will meet with parliamentarians, NGOs, businesses and women’s groups in both…

Vanuatu has applied to join the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Ralph Regenvanu, revealed the application was made this week. “The principle reason is “probity checks” being carried out by the Financial…

Port Vila – Dalam gebrakan pertama di seluruh dunia, Pemerintah Vanuatu telah memberikan kontrak komersial kepada dua perusahaan drone internasional, Swoop Aero dan Wingcopter, untuk menguji penggunaan drone dalam membawa vaksin penyelamat hidup bagi anak-anak yang tinggal di pulau-pulau terpencil di…

Isu Papua menjadi polemik terbuka antara Indonesia dan Vanuatu di Sidang Umum ke-73 Perserikatan Bangsa-bangsa (PBB) di New York setelah kedua negara saling sindir ketika masing-masing mendapat kesempatan berbicara. Pada SU ke-73 PBB yang berlangsung 25 September hingga 1 Oktober…

Vanuatu has raised the issue of a West Papuan and a Polish citizen charged with treason in Indonesia at the United Nations. Simon Magal and Jakub Skrzypski were arrested separately in August in Papua and police allege they were involved…

By Islands Business correspondent Nic Maclellan, at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru  Despite the lack of formal endorsement from this week’s Pacific Island Forum in Nauru, Vanuatu will continue an initiative to have West Papua re-listed as a non-self-governing…