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By Eleanor Waiwo

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, April 13) – People might not realize it but the biggest province in Vanuatu is quietly laying the foundation for its future expansion and anticipated growth.

As a positive sign, businesses – including those owned by Sanma citizens – are coming out to help in the development of their province.

[PIR editor’s note: Sanma Province is in the northern part of Vanuatu and comprises the country’s largest island of Espiritu Santo.]

Recently, the province was happy to strike a deal with Boetara Trust for the purchase of a block of land — making the first payment of 2.5 million Vanuatu vatu [US$23,300] to the Trustee.

Although surveyors have yet to survey the land, an estimated 20 plots of land have now been secured by the first down payment. The plots are next to the Sanma Chiefs Nakamal. A signing agreement was made between the two parties at the provincial chamber to seal the agreement.

According to the Secretary General Joel Path, the province has plans to put up more developments on the area purchased. However, in other developments, the province has also supported work towards the commemoration of 400 years of De Quiros landing in Big Bay [in the northern part of Espiritu Santo Island]. In addition, Santo Roading and Construction also received an amount of 1 million Vanuatu vatu [US$9,300] from the Province to assist in preparations towards the big celebrations next month. A construction company owned by Kuvu Noel was engaged to build a stage for the celebrations.

April 17, 2006

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