3 Jan 2020

New Caledonia Congress approves revival plan

9:41 am on 3 January 2020
New Caledonia Congress

Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Walter Zweifel

New Caledonia's Congress has approved a comprehensive plan aimed at reviving the economy.

35 members voted for the package while 17 abstained.

The 60 articles aim to simplify administrations, support business and boost purchasing power.

The reform package was an election promise of the Future with Confidence group which emerged as the big winner in the provincial elections.

While getting support from pro-independence politicians, the anti-independence Caledonia Together party refused to back the plan.

Last month, the 11-member collegial government unanimously approved the plan.

Last year, the economy grew by 0.6 percent but according to the budget tabled last week it will grow by one percent next year.

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