Information law further enforced in Vanuatu

Seven government departments in Vanuatu are now formally obliged to provide access to information after a signing ceremony this week. Acting Prime Minister Joe Natuman has signed the first enforcement order under the Right to Information Act brought in earlier this year. The agencies listed are the Departments of Statistics, Customs, Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock, Tourism, and the Office of the […]

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Vanuatu’s share of airspace revenue increases — but Fiji still retains 93%

Vanuatu’s share of the upper airspace revenue has increased following the renegotiation of the Nadi Flight Information Region (FIR) revenue sharing agreement with Fiji. Joseph Niel, Director of the Civil Aviation Authority Vanuatu, paints the new agreement as a Vt50 million win for Vanuatu in Daily Post. The Nadi FIR includes the airspace of Vanuatu, part of Kiribati, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, but […]

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Vanuatu rolls out Right to Information legislation throughout Govt agencies

The order enacting Vanuatu’s Right To Information legislation was signed yesterday morning by Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman. The signing names the first government agencies to be involved. Seven are going into the first implementation: Customs, Agriculture, Forestry, Livestock, Tourism and the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer. The Prime Minister has signed the appointment letters of the Steering […]

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Tax expert to Vanuatu Govt: don’t repeat the mistakes of the 1990s

A story familiar to many here in Vanuatu and especially those concerned in Finance in government: Nik Soni, who worked with governments here that long ago, after a well developed advisory time in other developing countries, had much to say about Vanuatu’s yet-to-be-unveiled tax plan on Coffee & Controversy on Buzz 96 FM on Tuesday. Not repeating the mistakes of […]

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