CDF to fly the flag as part of tour of the Pacific

CDF to fly the flag as part of tour of the Pacific

Richard Butler | from Defence Connect | 29 Jan 2019 Angus Campbell, AO, DSC, has travelled to Vanuatu, Tonga, Fiji and the Solomon Islands, building on the Prime Minister’s recent tour of the region to strengthen Australia’s position in the Pacific. GEN Campbell was accompanied by the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Andrew Colvin APM OAM, Commissioner of the Australian Border Force, Michael Outram APM and the Deputy Director-General of the Australian Security Read more [...]
Cassava grown for Vanuatu workers turns into potential money-maker for NT mango farmer

Cassava grown for Vanuatu workers turns into potential money-maker for NT mango farmer

Richard Butler | from ABC Rural | 30 Dec 2018   A Northern Territory mango farmer who grew cassava at the request of his Pacific Islander workers believes the plant has the potential to be a profitable crop for the Top End. When Katherine farmer Mitchael Curtis employed workers from Vanuatu to pick his mangoes, they asked for cassava for their meals. Mr Curtis struggled to find any cassava to buy, so he planted some on his farm. When the crop grew so well that he ended up with Read more [...]
US joins Pacific infrastructure development group

US joins Pacific infrastructure development group

Richard Butler | RNZ News | 13 Dec 2018 The United States has joined a regional infrastructure development group which offers Pacific countries an alternative to Chinese finance for big projects. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced yesterday the US was adding its expertise and financial clout to the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF). PRIF’s ADB co-ordinator Rob Jauncey said the infrastructure requirements of the Pacific region were upwards of US$3 billlion per annum. This Read more [...]

NZ ups its diplomatic presence in Pacific

Winston Peters Photo: New Zealand Herald/Jason Oxenham Richard Butler | RNZ | 4 Dec 2018 New Zealand foreign affairs minister Winston Peters says New Zealand is to create 14 new diplomatic posts as part of its so called ‘Pacific Reset’. The reset aims for a heightened focus on the Pacific and today’s announcement will see the diplomatic and development positions created offshore. Mr Peters said the new posts would be in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Read more [...]
Vanuatu university holds 11th Chinese Proficiency Competition

Vanuatu university holds 11th Chinese Proficiency Competition

Richard Butler | Xinhuanet | Aug 17th 2018

PORT VILA (VANUATU), Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The 11th "Chinese Bridge", the Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students in Vanuatu Division was held on Friday in the Confucius Classroom at the Emalus campus of the University of the South Pacific with the participation of 15 students.

The 15 contestants were from Central School, Vila East School and Malapoa College. The top two winners will be travelling to China to represent Read more [...]

Beijing’s bid to redirect Chinese cash from London property to Vanuatu telecoms

Beijing’s bid to redirect Chinese cash from London property to Vanuatu telecoms

Mele Island in Vanuatu. Chinese companies are being encouraged to secure deals for projects such as telecom networks in the Pacific island nation. Photo: Handout
Richard Butler | SCMP | Aug 22 2017

Move to restrict overseas investment in some areas could be an opportunity for sectors such as advanced manufacturing and tech, analysts say
Beijing’s new restrictions on overseas investment will redirect the flow of Chinese cash away from mega property deals and towards new sectors such as tech, Read more [...]

Steve Jacobs works in Sydney and lives in Vanuatu

Steve Jacobs works in Sydney and lives in Vanuatu

Richard Butler | Daily Mail Online | July 31st 2017
How’s the weather up there? Today’s weather presenter Steven Jacobs poses for hilarious photo with Sydney Kings basketball stars
He’s known for his skills as a weather presenter on Weekend Today.
But two statuesque athletes stole the show during a cross with Steven ‘Stevie’ Jacobs earlier this week.
The Today Show page poked fun at the media personality’s stature in a post on Tuesday.
The page comically captioned the snap: ‘ Read more [...]

Vanuatu Real Estate & Vanuatu Residency

Vanuatu Real Estate & Vanuatu Residency

Vanuatu Real Estate & Vanuatu Residency
This article about buying Vanuatu real estate was written by Richard Butler, current special economic commerce envoy and former trade commissioner from 2012 to 2015 and reappointed in April 2017 for a further 2-year term. Mr Butler has been a real estate developer since 1980 and has developed since 2008 with an office in both Sydney Australia and Port Vila Efate Island in the Republic of Vanuatu, a tax friendly nation. This article goes over buying real Read more [...]

25% of Americans Threaten To Leave If Trump Is Elected: Where Will They Go?

25% of Americans Threaten To Leave If Trump Is Elected: Where Will They Go?

Post by Richard Butler | 2 November 2016 |

Record numbers of Americans are renouncing citizenship. Four times a year the Treasury Department names individuals ho renounced -- publicly. The numbers are HUGE. One poll, reported in The Hill, shows 25% of Americans will consider leaving if Donald Trump is elected.

Of course, most who threaten to leave because of politics are not earnest. For those who are, they may mean a short-lived move -- not a final exit. Giving up citizenship is a huge deal, Read more [...]

Fast-track immigration to Vanuatu in under a month

Fast-track immigration to Vanuatu in under a month

Post by Adrian Bishop | 12 October 2016 |
A fast-track immigration scheme provides citizenship in the Pacific islands nation of Vanuatu in as little as under a month.

The government Capital Investment Immigration Plan costs $260,000 per applicant, inclusive of spouse and two children under 18, plus other fees, and a decision is usually reached in just four to six weeks.

Former Vanuatu trade official, Richard Butler, has recently become a Tier 1 migration authorised agent for Vanuatu passports, Read more [...]

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