20 Sep 2011

Vanuatu government spends up for ACP conference

12:17 pm on 20 September 2011

The Vanuatu government has given one of the country's most exclusive hotels, Le Lagon, 200,000 US dollars to help it extend conference facilities to accommodate more than 600 people.

This is in preparation for the country to host a meeting of the African Caribbean Pacific countries with their European Union aid donors next year.

The minister of foreign affairs, Alfred Carlot, says the government is strongly committed to host 95th session of the ACP Council of Ministers and 37th session of the joint ACP/EU council of ministers.

Parliament has aalready amended the import duties act to cater for the meeting.

The amendment allowed the minister of finance to appoint a special committee to grant duty exemption to businesses bringing in materials and food for the event.