14 October 2016

PSDI presents draft competition policy in Vanuatu

Acting Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce
and Ni-Vanuatu Business George Borugu (standing, right) opens the
public workshop in Port Vila on 12 October.
A consultation draft of Vanuatu’s National Competition Policy prepared by PSDI was presented at a public workshop hosted by the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business on 12 October.

George Borugu, Acting Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business, opened the workshop and the draft was presented by PSDI Competition Experts Andrew Simpson and Brent Fisse.

Mr Borugu used the workshop to call for public consultation on the draft policy, with businesses and consumers invited to submit comments and feedback until 31 October.

Following the meeting, the Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business, Marokon Alilee, stressed the importance of the policy.

“With this policy, the Government is looking to recognize the importance of competition and establish the high-level principles to guide the promotion of competition. The policy builds on the direction provided in Vanuatu’s development strategy, the Priorities Action Agenda, which highlighted the lack of competition in several key markets as a serious impediment to development.”

The draft policy aims to chart a course for better consumer protection, liberalization of markets, and safeguards for the competitive process in Vanuatu. Consultation on it follows an earlier round of consultation held over August and September on the Public Issues Paper on Competition Policy and Law for Vanuatu, which PSDI also prepared.

The Government of Vanuatu requested support from PSDI in developing a competition and consumer policy in 2015. Following consultation on the draft policy, it is expected that a National Competition Policy will be submitted to the Council of Ministers for consideration and endorsement later this year.

The consultation draft of the policy can be viewed here.

10 October 2016

Timor-Leste launches PSDI-supported anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing policy

Timor-Leste Minister of Justice Ivo Valente launches the AML/CFT
papers in Dili on October 7. Photo courtesy of the Office of the
 Minister of Justice Timor-Leste.
Two PSDI-supported plans that will help Timor-Leste bring its anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) framework in line with international standards were launched on 7 October.

The “Timor-Leste National Risk Assessment of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing” and the “Timor-Leste National Strategic Plan for Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (2016-2020)” were launched by Minister of Justice Ivo Valente at a press conference attended by local media and government officials.

See Government of Timor-Leste news release and download the documents (English translation below Portuguese versions).

7 October 2016

PSDI hosts waste management seminars in Dili

Country Dirctor of ADB's Timor-Leste Resident Mission, Paolo
Spantigati, speaks at the opening of PSDI's solid waste
management seminar for government representatives. 
PSDI hosted half-day seminars in Dili on 5 and 7 October to discuss solid waste management reforms proposed in a report prepared for the Government of Timor-Leste.

The Feasibility Study and Due Diligence Report for Dili Solid Waste Management was drafted by ADB in September 2015. It was used to inform the Dili Urban Solid Waste Management Investment Strategy, which the government is currently implementing.

The seminars—one for government officials and one for the private sector—examined options for private sector engagement, as well as technical aspects of the reforms. Each seminar was attended by more than 20 people; officials from the Ministry of State Administration, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment, the Ministry of Education, Dili Municipal Administration, and the Fiscal Reform Commission, as well as UNDP, attended the government seminar, and representatives of companies and social enterprises as well as entrepreneurs attended the private sector seminar.

3 October 2016

Updated Country and Focus Area Overviews published

PSDI’s country and work-area factsheets have been updated to feature all significant achievements and initiatives to date.

The nine Country Overviews provide detailed summaries of our work in each of ADB’s Pacific developing member countries.

The Focus Area Overviews detail all initiatives under each of PSDI’s five core work areas and our analytical work.

Click here to download all nine Country Overviews or select individual factsheets below.
Micronesia (Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau)
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
South-Pacific microstates (Cook Islands, Tuvalu)

Click here to download all Focus Area Overviews or select individual work areas below.
Financing Growth
Business Law Reform
State-Owned Enterprise Reform and Public-Private Partnerships
Economic Empowerment of Women
Competition and Consumer Protection
Analytical Work