Tank Yu Parade

Vanuatu Prime Minister thanks and farewells deployed MSG contingents after TC PAM

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, Hon. Joe Natuman, MP said the immediate response for relief supplies and financial contributions of his fellow Melanesian Spearhead Group members, Fiji, FLNKS of New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands has lifted the spirit of the people of Vanuatu.

Prime Minister Natuman made this statement at the thank you and farewell parade to MSG contingents who were deployed to serve the Vanuatu Government right after the category 5 Tropical Cyclone hit Vanuatu on March 13, 2015.

“I take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Government of the Republic of Fiji, the Political Bureau of the FLNKS of New Caledonia, the Government of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, and the Government of the Solomon Islands for your immediate response and relief supplies and for generously sending your assessment teams, highly skilled military and police personnel, and health workers to come to Vanuatu to help our people rebuild our lives after Cyclone Pam,” Prime Minister Natuman stated in his speech in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

“Your immediate response to the needs of the Government, citizens and residents of the Republic of Vanuatu is a reflection of our strong cooperation and solidarity of our respective countries,” said PM Natuman.

PM Natuman thanked the people and Government of Papua New Guinea for kindly and generously contributing VT221 million to the Government of Vanuatu and for deploying an assessment team from the Office of the Prime Minister, PNG National Emergency Disaster Office, Department of Works (Engineering), Foreign Affairs Department, Department of Health and the PNG Defense Force.

“Our brothers from the Republic of Fiji kindly deployed the first 48 technical personnel (including Engineers and Health officials) to immediately provide support to the Vanuatu NDMO and provided the first supply of water and food rations donated by the Fiji Business Community and other partners,” Prime Minister Natuman said.  PM Natuman also thanked the Fiji Government for further deployment of engineers and health workers who were able to participate in the rehabilitation work of the Government of Vanuatu in other badly affected islands in Vanuatu .

Prime Minister Natuman acknowledged the immediate technical and assessment team of the FLNKS Political Bureau and the financial assistance of VT11 million by the Government of Solomon Islands to assist the Government of Vanuatu in its relief efforts.  He also acknowledged the kind assistance of the Government of the Solomon Islands to provide and designate the Royal Solomon Islands Police Patrol boat to assist in immediate relief and rehabilitation work around some of the most affected areas in Vanuatu.

On an equal note the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Hon Natuman also acknowledged the contribution and hard work of his loyal members of the Vanuatu Police Force, the Vanuatu Mobile Force, health workers and the civil servants, the chiefs of Vanuatu, the Port Vila Municipality, the private sector, women and youths in Vanuatu who have tirelessly worked with the Government in its relief efforts to ensure rehabilitation efforts were done properly and coordinated well with the National Disaster Management Office.

Prime Minister Natuman also on a personal note extended his words of gratitude to all the families, spouses and children of all the soldiers, officers, health workers and professionals from the MSG members for allowing their loved ones to come to Vanuatu to assist in Vanuatu’s relief and rehabilitation works after Cyclone Pam especially when Vanuatu was in need of such spiritual and moral support by its members.

“You gave hope to our people – especially the villagers that you served really appreciated your incredible and tireless efforts, presence, time and resources,” said Prime Minister Natuman.

“Your kind gesture shows our true comradeship as Melanesian and I am truly proud and indebted to each and everyone one of you.  This is true Melanesian spirit and I applaud you all for this,” stated Prime Minister Natuman.

The Director General of the MSG Secretariat, Mr Peter Forau during the parade said the Secretariat was happy to host the thank you and farewell parade on behalf of one of the members, Vanuatu.  He reminded all members to remember the principles of the MSG and what it stands for – to lend a hand when a member needs it without being asked to.

The MSG Contingents who were deployed to Vanuatu immediately after Tropical Cyclone Pam and most of them have served the Vanuatu Government since their arrival right after March 13 to May 2015 when they all returned to their respective countries.

Authorised by the

Acting Director General
MSG Secretariat
Port Vila
Republic of Vanuatu