Funafuti - 26/10/00
October 26, 2000
VAITUPU'S DANCING TROUPE TO REPRESENT TUVALU AT
ARTS FESTIVAL IN NOUMEA
The Vaitupu Dancing Troupe who are representing Tuvalu at the South
Pacific Arts Festival performed their local items to members of the
cabinet which include local siiva and fatele, old chants and legends as
well as local hymns before leaving our shores.
They also had the chance to attend the drawing of raffle tickets,
organised by the Tuvalu Arts Festival Committee in their effort to assist
Tuvalu's dancing Troupe to Noumea.
More than 3 thousand dollars were collected from the sale of raffle
tickets, and the drawing ofthe six luc~ winners held at the Vaiaku Lagi
Hotel on Thursday night October 12, brought a crowd of more than a hundred
people to watch the long awaited event. The first prize in the draw was
won by Seminita. H. Vine who scooped a plastic water tank and the second
prize a pushbike went to Satalaka Petaia.
Tuvalu Seaman Dies in Italy
A Tuvaluan seaman Tauminita Alefaio died in Bari, Italy towards the end of
September this year, after he left the country to work abroad. Mr. Alefaio
departed Funafuti on September 18 to serve on one of the Pacific overseas
Employment Agency's ship, the Norfeld and after missing the ship,
investigations began on his whereabouts.
Mr. Alefaio was found hanging from a tree under a bridge in Bari in the
direction of the way to board his ship. He was able to be identified by
his possessions, which included his passport, discharge books and letters.
Tauminita is Moeava andd Iotobina's son, along with two brothers and a
sister. Arrangements had been made to have the body flown back to Funafuti
for the burial.
PM Heads Tuvalu's Delegation to Arts Festival in
Tuvalu is also being represented at the 8th South Pacific Arts Festival in
Noumea headed by the Prime Minister Hon. Ionatana Ionatana who left the
country on Thursday October 19. Hon Ionatana Will attend two events
abroad, the first of which is the official opening of the Arts Festival
which commenced on October 23. The Festival, which is being represented
this year by the Vaitupu Dancing Troupe, will bring together various
artists and cultural groups from around the Pacific countries and
territories. The Prime Minister is being accompanied by his Private
Secretary Avafoa Irata, and they will proceed on to Kiribati to attend the
South Pacific Forum Meeting. The Deputy prune Minister who is also the
Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Hon. Lagitupu Tuilimu who is in
Fiji will join the delegation to Kiribati. Other members of the delegation
who departed on Monday October 23 include the Secretary for Foreign
Affairs, Panapasi NeIesone, the Attorney General Feletj P. Teo and the
Acting Chiff of Protocol, Pasuna Tuaga.
Governor General Guest Speaker at ROC's National
The Governor General of Tuvalu was made guest of honour during the
commemoration of the 89th National Day of the Republic of China. In his
speech Sir Dr Tomasi Puapua expressed his gratitude and appreciation to
the Republic of China for inviting him and his wife to attend the
celebration and hopes that the government of the ROC will continue to
flourish and its people continue to live a happy and prosperous life.
"The ROC has been and continues to be a very special friend to the
government of Tuvalu", Dr. Puapua said. This special relationship
began in 1979 with the establishment of the diplomatic ties between the
two governments. The government of Tuvalu formerly appointed a
non-residential Ambassador to the Republic of China who was the Secretary
to Government Ionatana Ionatana who is now the current Prime Minister. Dr.
Puapua said that Ionatana visited Taipei in 1983 to present his letters of
credence in which he became the first Tuvalu Ambassador to the Republic of
China. "I visited Taipei in 1986, as Prime Minister and became the
first Prime Minister of Tuvalu to visit the ROC", said Sir Dr. Puapua.
In February this year Hon. Ionatana Ionatana became the first Tuvaluan
to be decorated by the Government of ROC for the distinguish services that
he has performed in the past and fronm then on the relationship with the
ROC started to grow. During the first and second decades of our
relationship with the ROC, they provided developmental aid to Tuvalu
through its fishing licensing followed by the re-building the Vaiaku Lagi
Hotel, assistance through our agricultural programmes, our education
programmes, our recurrent budget, and so many others.
"The Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the
government of ROC joined us in our celebrations for our Independence day
and during his brief stay, he was able to sign on behalf of the government
of ROC a memorandum of Understanding with the government of Tuvalu
confirming the financial assistance of the ROC to the building of the
Central Government Building", Dr. Puapua said.
The Government of the ROC has increased its assistance to
the project by pledging a maximum amount of 7 million US dollars. Tuvalu
and the Republic of China share a commitment to the goals of democracy,
peace and respect among nations, and the presence of its embassy on our
humble shores is a direct confirmation of the strong and continuation of
the special relationship that the two governments share. On behalf of the
people and government of Tuvalu, Sir Dr. Puapua wish the government and
the Republic of China a bright and prosperous future and a happy 89th