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Tonga

Twenty Fourth Council of Ministers of Tourism Meeting - Communique

31 Oct 2014

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ----The twenty fourth Council of Ministers of Tourism meeting was held in Nukualofa, Tonga, on October 30th, 2014, to deliberate on regional priority issues for the ...

Fiji

Additional EU funds to contribute to the sustainable use of marineresources in the Pacific

31 Oct 2014

SUVA, Fiji ---The European Union will provide an additional €650,000 to assist the work of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), the body in charge of ...

Fiji

Fiji attracts old friends as China’s clout grows

31 Oct 2014

SUVA, Fiji ---- Fiji—Western nations are moving to rebuild relations with Fiji as another regional power has claimed a bigger role in the picturesque island nation: China.

Fiji

Business Forum focuses on trade relations between Australia and Fiji

31 Oct 2014

SUVA, Fiji ---- Trade between Fiji and Australia is valued at about $1billion (US$512 million), according to the Fiji-Australia Business Council.

Tonga

SPTO to empower Pacific islanders to take their tourism products up another level

31 Oct 2014

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---Expect tourism projects that focus on the development of human resources and empower Pacific islanders to take their tourism products up another level to increase.

USA

World Bank Board approves second US$5 Million operation for Tonga

31 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON, USA --- The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$5 million for the Second Economic Support Development Policy Operation, which will support the Kingdom of ...

Papua New Guinea

Highway opposed : Papua Separatist leader

31 Oct 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG ----Papua separatist leader of the 1970s Dame Josephine Abaijah has called on Papuans and like-thinking Papua New Guineans to rise in unity to oppose the ...

Fiji

UNHCR regional representative presents credentials to Fijian foreign minister

31 Oct 2014

SUVA, Fiji ----The United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees Regional representative, Thomas Albrecht, has presented his credentials to Fiji’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

USA

FBI: Boy missing from Seattle found in Niue

31 Oct 2014

SEATTLE,US ----- An FBI spokeswoman says a 9-year-old Pennsylvania boy who vanished while visiting his father in Seattle has been found safe on an island in the South ...

Papua New Guinea

PNG govt sets up emergency Ebola plan

31 Oct 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG -----A comprehensive Ebola emergency response plan is being developed to prepare for any threat of the deadly disease outbreak in the country.

Solomon Islands

Backing expected on Fiji Forum stand

31 Oct 2014

HONIARA, Solomon Islands ----A Pacific consultant says some other Pacific Islands Forum members may well agree with Fiji's stance on Australia and New Zealand taking a backseat in ...

Australia

Australia to lift sanctions imposed on Fiji after 2006 military coup

31 Oct 2014

CANBERRA, Australia -----Australia is lifting the remaining sanctions on Fiji that have been in place since the 2006 military coup led by Frank Bainimarama.

Azerbaijan

Young people in ‘driver’s seat’ from very beginning of policy process a must – UN experts

28 Oct 2014

BAKU, Azerbaijan --- Rather than merely being consulted on policy matters, young people must be in the driver’s seat with all the other stakeholders from the very beginning ...

Fiji

New produce marketing a boost for Fiji’s smallholder farmers

28 Oct 2014

SUVA, Fiji ----An ACIAR-funded PARDI participant guarantee system (*PGS) project has made excellent progress in recent months towards helping smallholder vegetable farmers compete against marketers of imported produce.

Fiji

over fake visas

28 Oct 2014

SUVA, Fiji ---- Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald confirmed that Fiji police are working with counterparts from other jurisdictions in relation to the discovery of fake Fiji passports with ...

New Zealand

TVNZ Pacific presenter upbeat on outsourcing

28 Oct 2014

AUCKLAND, New Zealand ---A presenter for Television New Zealand's Tagata Pasifika says the company's decision to outsource their production could be a good opportunity for the programme.

Papua New Guinea

Indonesian fugitive to remain as citizen in PNG

28 Oct 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- A final submission from the Department of Justice and Attorney-General seeking approval from Cabinet in July this year for proceedings in the National Court ...

Fiji

Equal rights

28 Oct 2014

SUVA, Fiji ----Itaukei Affairs Shadow Minister and member of the Opposition, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, said development funds for Fijians come from all taxpayers as well as foreign donors ...

Tonga

Tonga societal attitude holds women back

28 Oct 2014

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga ---A campaigner for women's rights in Tonga says despite more women standing for Parliament in next month's election she is sceptical of their chances of success.

Fiji

French military in talks to rekindle Fiji ties

28 Oct 2014

SUVA, Fiji ----Commander of the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia, Brigadier-General Luc de Revel met with his Fijian counterpart Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga in Suva today with a ...

Indonesia

Joko Widodo unveils Indonesia's new cabinet, including first female foreign minister Retno Marsudi

28 Oct 2014

JAKARTA, Indonesia ---Indonesia's new president has appointed the country's first female foreign minister, who will take over the position today.

Azerbaijan

UN-backed forum: world's youth to demand seat at policy table

28 Oct 2014

BAKU, Azerbaijan --- Set to kick-off next week in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku, a United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies will, for the first time, amplify voices ...

Belgium

Fighting against IUU - Successes from ACP countries

28 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS, Belgium ---Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) is a major challenge and concern for ACP countries, a number of which have faced sanctions under the European Union’s ...

Fiji

Tourism stakeholders to discuss environment issues

28 Oct 2014

SUVA, Fiji ---Tourism stakeholders, regional environmental organisations and university academics meet in Tonga this week, to discuss ways to increase their knowledge on the impacts of tourism on ...

Samoa

Polynesian Airlines adds US$4 million Twin Otter named Savai’i to its fleet

27 Oct 2014

APIA, Samoa ---- Polynesian Airlines has delivered its third aircraft named Savai’i with a pleading by Samoan Prime Minister to the company to remember Savai’i residents in its ...