VANUATU DAILY POST – The People’s Republic of China is ready to help Vanuatu with its airport developments.
This was personally conveyed to Prime Minister Joe Natuman by President of China, Xi Jinping.
“Chinese President Xi Jinping has confirmed China is ready to assist Vanuatu, in particular, it knows that Bauerfield airport is in need of urgent repairs and is aware of the situation after Parliament decided not to proceed with the airport project with the Singapore company (the Vanuatu Trade Development Pte Limited which send an invoice of Vt3.1billion to the Vanuatu government in July),” Prime minister Joe Natuman confirmed when he returned this week.
“As well as other partners and financial institutions such as World Bank and Development partners, President Xi told me China is ready to help Vanuatu in its airport developments.”
In addition China confirmed it will assist with a project that has been previously submitted on the building and repairing of the wharf on Santo.
As well as indicating their willingness to assist in other areas, president Xi reiterated that China will help with building the stadium at Korman in preparation for Vanuatu to host the mini Games in 2017.
PM Natuman says while many parties have now joined the Chinese president acknowledged Vanuatu, in particular Vanua’aku Pati (VP) as the first party to establish relations with the Communist Party of China (CPC) and China is keen to maintain these relationships.
In the stopover in Hong Kong, PM Natuman also opened the new office of the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC), as the Capital Investment Immigration Project (CIIP) was initiated by the VFSC and endorsed by the government.
Prime minister Joe Natuman was invited to attend the opening of the Youth Olympics by Chinese president Xi, where 31 ni Vanuatu youth raised the Vanuatu flag high last Saturday.
It was on Sunday, 17 August that he met Chinese President Xi Jinping had goodwill discussions on the Vanuatu/China relationship and possible areas of cooperation.
– Vanuatu Daily Post