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Monday 1 August 2022 | Written by RNZ | Published in New Caledonia, Regional

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New Caledonia and Vanuatu sign memorandum for marine cable
New Caledonia president Louis Mapou and Vanuatu prime minister Bob Loughman exchanging a memorandum of understanding which paves the way for a second submarine cable instalment in New Caledonia. Photo: Supplied

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the governments of Vanuatu and New Caledonia last Friday afternoon effectively paves the way for a second submarine cable instalment from Port Vila to Lifou, in New Caledonia.

Interchange Limited (ICL) General Manager Willie Karie says the signing is a big step towards internet connectivity, internet security and overseas expansion.

Karie said the agreement showed the backing of both governments to facilitate ICL's second marine cable to Lifou, New Caledonia.

ICL will work with the Office des Postes et Télécommunications de Nouvelle-Calédonie (OPT-NC) towards the initiative.

Both governments put pen to paper, witnessed by government officials and other stakeholders.

Karie confirmed that New Caledonia was keen to partner with Vanuatu on this project. He confirmed that the Landing Agreement was in place and the process would be completed next week.

ICL acknowledged the government and all partners for their support towards this initiative.

The external relations advisor to the president of the government of New Caledonia, Charles Wea, said the signing agreement followed a request to the New Caledonia government to facilitate and secure the internet development in Vanuatu.

Wea said they were happy to be part of the agreement.

He added this was important for the people of both countries. The MOU was signed by Vanuatu prime minister Bob Loughman and the president of territorial government of New Caledonia, Louis Mapou.

New Caledonia president Louis Mapou and Vanuatu prime minister Bob Loughman exchanging a memorandum of understanding which paves the way for a second submarine cable instalment in New Caledonia.
New Caledonia president Louis Mapou and Vanuatu prime minister Bob Loughman exchanging a memorandum of understanding which paves the way for a second submarine cable instalment in New Caledonia. Photo: Supplied / Hilaire Bule