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Opposition leader reacts on the Government’s proposal to review the Development Support Programme

Opposition leader reacts on the Government’s proposal to review the Development Support Programme
Opposition leader reacts on the Government’s proposal to review the Development Support Programme
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In light of the new Government’s statements that it intends to undertake a review of the citizenship program, the Leader of the Opposition, Ralph Regenvanu, wishes to make the public aware that this review has already been carried out and the report of the review along with its recommendations were presented to the Government in January this year.
The Salwai Government commissioned the review last year and the review was carried out by a team assembled by Human Capacity Development International (HCDI), a Vanuatu-based NGO. The team of organisational, international policy, legal and industry experts was led by Mr. Henry Tamashiro, former Director of Immigration Services and former Vanuatu and Regional Pacific Director of IOM (the International Organisation for Migration), and consisted of:
– Henry Tamashiro, Project Lead and Government Liaison
– Dr. Astrid Kersten, Project Manager and HCDI Executive Director
– Dr. Hashmat Sidky, Policy Research Analyst and HCDI Research Officer
– Lee-Anne Sackett, Legal Advisor and Lecturer, USP
– Michael Krakat, Immigration Lawyer and now also USP Lecturer.
The report of the review is attached, along with a powerpoint presentation summarising the main points.
The 80-page review is comprehensive and exhaustive, and presents the Government with three different options for the future of the citizenship program.
The completion and presentation to the Government of the review in January this year means that it was the last review completed by the outgoing Government before the end of the 11th Legislature and it also means that the review and its recommendations are very current and applicable.
The new Government should consider the recommendations of this review rather than spending additional resources at this time of crisis to commission another review.

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