The Ambassador welcomed the celebrations in Efate and Santo as signs of that growing relationship. “The US has, and will continue to provide limited scholarships to Ni-Vanuatu to study. We send you our best resource people in the Peace Corps and they do a marvelous job”. In acknowledgement of Vanuatu’s accomplishment, the Ambassador said, “MCC only signs compacts with countries that have already made significant progress in governance, in overcoming corruption, in establishing social services, and in respecting rule of law and human rights.

Although many governments have sought MCC compacts for their countries, Vanuatu has been the only country in the South Pacific to qualify. (This is) a tribute to your progressive thinking, your serious economic and political reforms, and your hard work”. His words promoted loud applause and he congratulated the Malvatumauri and the Vaturisu Council of Chiefs and praise the business community and donor partners for their support.

The celebrations were indeed a success and enjoyed by everyone. For most people who attended, they confirmed and concluded they are happy and satisfied with the achievement of and this was accompanied with much singing and dancing and food and drinks. People cheered loudly when the Prime Minister spoke of the Government’s promise to do everything possible to make Vanuatu worthy of earning eligibility for a Second Compact under Millennium Challenge Corporation. back to main story

"In March of 2006,the Millennium Challenge Corporation signed a five-year, $65.69 million Compact with the Government of Vanuatu to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth by targeting the country's poor transportation infrastructure."read more

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Ms. Cookson also shared some of her favourite success stories related to the Compact, and highlighted that "Some of the people they (Downer EDI Works) trained have used their skills to go into businesses while others have been subcontracted back by Downer to continue to help with the building of the roads".

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