EU blacklists VANUATU and 16 countries as tax havens

The European Union has blacklisted 17 countries as tax havens as it cracks down on tax avoidance, and put another 47 on a list to make reforms to avoid being labelled tax havens. American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Grenada, Guam, South Korea, Macau, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Namibia, Palau, Panama, St Lucia, Samoa, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates were […]

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ABUSE OF POWER

President of Sanma Province, John Olo Aru, who claims to speak on behalf of all six provincial presidents has called on the Prime Minister to ensure his ministers do not capitalise on Government projects at Area Council level to strengthen their individual political bases in their respective constituencies. Without naming any minister or MP allegedly involved, he says Provincial Government […]

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No pathway for West Papua to be put on decolonisation list

A New Zealand parliament select committee has heard there’s currently no pathway for Indonesian-ruled Papua region, known as West Papua, to be put on the UN decolonisation list. The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee was today briefed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about West Papua, following an earlier hearing in June. https://player.fm/series/radio-new-zealand-all-programmes/no-pathway-for-west-papua-to-be-put-on-decolonisation-list

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Indonesia backs ASEAN to continue capacity building for Timor Leste

Indonesia has expressed its support for ASEAN to continue capacity building assistance to Timor Leste to prepare it to become an ASEAN member, the Foreign Ministry said. “ASEAN needs to encourage Timor Leste to become an ASEAN member by increasing its capacity building assistance,” Director General of ASEAN Cooperation at the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, Jose Tavares, said in a press […]

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