Today the Minister of Lands Ralph Regenvanu handed over the first Negotiator’s Certificate to be issued for a lease application for rural customary land under the new land laws to the Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) for the development of a futsal field and football field at Paunganisu village, north Efate. This certificate was one of three certificates issued today for applications to lease rural customary land, the other two being for residential leases at Matantapua (Malapoa area) and Pango. The Government’s 100 Day Plan has the aim of having 15 Negotiation Certificates issued within the Government’s first 100 days.
At the same time as this first Negotiator’s Certificate was issued, the Chairman of the Land Management and Planning Committee (LMPC), Professor Don Paterson, also took the opportunity to hand over to the Minister for Lands the annual report of the LMPC for 2014 and 2015. According to the Land Reform (Amendment) Act No. 31 of 2013, the Committee is required to produce an annual report to be tabled in Parliament which details all the applications and leases processed by the Committee in one year. The Minister of Lands assured the Chairman that this report would be tabled in the next sitting of Parliament.