Churches oppose Vanuatu World Trade membership

Vanuatu’s Council of Churches is calling on the government to end land speculation and to provide much more comprehensive consultation on its plans for Vanuatu World Trade membership

The Churches are concerned that indigenous people risk loosing their rights and their culture.

The Council of Church’s chairman, Bishop James Ligo, says large numbers of people of Vanuatu don’t know about the WTO and the advantages and disadvantages in joining it.

He says the council is planning to meet the prime minister Sato Kilman to raise its concerns.

If the government fails to listen to the churches, they’ll organise a demonstration opposing the country’s accession to the international trade agency.

A minister of the short lived Easter Government of Serge Vohor managed to slip Vanuatu into the fast track for ratification of World Trade Organisation membership just a few months ago. And there are even fewer months to go. Vanuatu is supposed to ratify in November.


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