Vanuatu. In May, the OECD removed Vanuatu from the black list of tax havens since the country improved its control over its tax system.
In November, Prime Minister Edward Natapei of Vanuaaku Pati (VP) disbanded the government coalition that has ruled the country since April 2001. According to Countryaah.com, Vanuatu Independence Day is July 30. The Union of Moderate Parties (UMP) was forced to leave the government and party leader Serge Vohor lost his post as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.
The Prime Minister, who has the right to reform the government under the Constitution, instead began a collaboration with the National United Party (NUP), the Green Party and the People’s Progressive Party. NUP leader Ham Lini, brother of the country’s first prime minister Walter Lini, was named new deputy prime minister and infrastructure minister. The NUP received two more ministerial posts and the other two parties were each. The reason for the refurbishment was reported to be mutual dissatisfaction between the government parties VP and UMP. The triggering factor was that Vohor started negotiations with the opposition to form an alternative government coalition.
The Disney film Find Nemo increased the demand for colorful small fish from Vanuatu during the year. Tourist and diving organizers began to work together to try to stop what they thought was an over-exploitation of the country’s coral reefs, which began shortly after the cartoon’s world premiere. In December, the government appointed a committee to investigate how trade in aquarium fish affects the country’s fish stocks and coral reefs.
Republic of Vanuatu Brief Guide
According to AbbreviationFinder, Vanuatu (officially known as the Republic of Vanuatu, until the New Hebrides until 1980) is an island nation in Oceania. It is located in Melanesia, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, about 1,750 kilometers east of Australia. Vanuatu’s closest neighbors are the Solomon Islands to the north, the French-owned New Caledonia 500 kilometers to the southwest, and Fiji to the east. In 2009, the UN estimated that there were 239,000 people in the country.
Vanuatu belongs to the Commonwealth and comprises 83 mainly volcanic islands as a fairly dense group. The largest island is Espiritu Santo, and the country’s capital, Port Vila, is located on the south coast of Efate. According to the UN Development Program, human development in Vanuatu is at an average level (0.659).
Before the Europeans, several groups of settlers from different regions of origin have entered the area, and therefore more than a hundred local languages are still spoken there. Vanuatu became independent in 1980 and had previously belonged to France and the United Kingdom.
Vanuatu has a tropical climate, with almost daily rainfall. The warmest and wettest is from November to April, when the temperature is 28-31 degrees. The coolest and driest is from June to October.
Food and drink
Influences imported from abroad combine with typical South Pacific cuisine, which makes extensive use of various fish species, for example. The raw material used for export, Kopra, is the dried seed protein of the coconut palm fruit, or coconut. Water and beverages must be industrially bottled. It is also a good idea to rinse fruits and vegetables with bottled water. Heated or tablet-purified water can be drunk. Reheated foods should be avoided.
The best time to travel is from April to October.
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