PM lauds help

PORT VILA – While welcoming the first time ever Africa Caribbean Pacific Assessment Mission to Vanuatu, the Prime Minister suggested that while Cyclone Pam was extremely devastating to Efate and its offshore islands of Tongoa and the Shepherds and Tanna and Erromango in the South, it could also be viewed as a form of blessing in disguise for the country.

His remarks were also echoed by the Mission saying the world now knows about Vanuatu as a result of the extensive coverage by the international media of the category five force winds that tore through the islands leaving 11 dead.

The mission has indicated that as a result of extensive destruction of the islands shown by the international media, rich countries with money at their disposal in ACP and European Union would be ready to provide much needed assistance to the country, as soon as they receive first-hand assessment report of the devastation on the ground and what the communities’ most urgent needs as well as long-term needs are.

ACP Assessment Team Leader, Solomons Ambassador to the EU and ACP in Brussels, Moses Kouni Mose said the Vanuatu Government could apply for financial aid from member countries direct through Ambassador Roy Mickey Joy in Brussels.

The Prime Minister took note of the direction and said his Government would seriously consider the advice.

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