15 Mar 2005

New Caledonian officials to visit Vanuatu to boost ties

5:23 am on 15 March 2005

New Caledonia government officials will visit Vanuatu next month to strengthen relations between both countries.

The mission follows last week's meeting in Noumea that discussed a co-operation treaty that was ratified in 2002.

The visit is to help develop a new treaty.

The spokesman for the New Caledonian government, Cameron Diver, says one area they need to work on is their networks.

"We need someone on the ground over there that stays in place and that we are able to keep in contact with regularly so that we can see how the programme is advancing, whether there are any new problem areas coming up, that sort of thing. That is one of the areas that was seen as being problematic, the lack of a focal point over in Vanuatu."

Cameron Diver, a spokesman for the New Caledonian government