The weekly 40 working hours for some 800 Yazaki Samoa factory workers will be reduced starting February to 32 hours.
New Year’s Day 2014 will be remembered as the day that Samoa left the group of countries considered the least developed in the world.
The plummeting world copra prices has forced copra plantation owners to look for other avenues to raise the value of their copra.
The Pacific should consider itself lucky. It is not amongst the 19 countries that will suffer aid cuts under the European Union’s new international aid initiatives.
As global supply exceeds demand for coffee for a fourth straight year, small world producers like Papua New Guinea and to lesser extent Vanuatu will feel the pinch of exports dwindling in 2014 in the US$70 billion world market.
This year could be a defining year for seabed minerals in Cook Islands.
New reports emerged in Washington last month with claims that Cook Islands is hiding millions possibly billions in monies secretly moved there by foreign trusts. A prominent United States financial investment lawyer was quoted by the respected New York Times suggesting that real estate developers, healthcare providers, accountants, architects to ...
As Australia’s car manufacturing took a new twist last month with the announcement of an imminent closure of Holden brand name from 2017, shivers were being sent through to Samoa where a parts manufacturer was weighing up its chances of survival.
Fiji Airways is looking to expand its partnership with Qantas to include codeshared flights but sees no value in joining any of the airline alliance families such as Oneworld, Star Alliance and SkyTeam. Qantas holds a 46 percent stake in the Fijian carrier and the two airlines currently operate a ...
The Pacific trade bloc of the African CARIBbean and Pacific (PACP) is expected to maintain its “variable geometry” stand when it returns to negotiations with the European Union for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) this year.
Estimating the costs of gender-based violence is vital as it brings to light the hidden costs to society and the resources needed to end violence.
It might be the woman market stall holder in a city like Port Moresby, who needs security for her daily takings, or the rural Solomon Islands school teacher who must spend up to half his wage in boat fuel travelling to a bank to collect his pay. Both could use ...
ADB’s new ‘The Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific’ report estimates the range of potential economic impacts of climate change for specific sectors and economies of the region under various emissions scenarios. The study covers all of ADB’s Pacific developing member countries, but specific results are presented in the ...
Ronald Nicolas, 43, lost his full-time job asa mason about two years ago and has since been working part-time earning only US$200 on a good month. But everything is about to change once again for Nicolas and many others like him who are either underemployed or unemployed in the Northern ...
The view over Port Moresby’s beautiful, deep-water Fairfax Harbour from Deloitte Tower speaks volumes about Papua New Guinea’s immense potential. Below are ranks of new tower blocks, almost all built and owned by two superfunds and Steamships, the local arm of the venerable Hong Kong-based Swire conglomerate.
When Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) observer Chris Ragi (not his real name) boarded a tuna purse seiner fishing boat for the first time in 2009, he did not know what to expect.
The Papua New Guinea government on September 18 nationalised through parliament the vast Ok Tedi copper-gold mine by 62 votes to none—a move which is expected to trigger the country’s biggest ever legal challenge.
Fiji’s largest commercial television is to shed its majority shares in Papua New Guinea’s number one television company EMTV, as Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s government moves to introduce new media ownership legislation.
Cairns international air terminal in Queensland had on a typical day recently, three check-in counters open: one for Port Moresby, one for Moro, the gas-and-oil hub in Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands, and one named Newcrest—for the fly in-fly out workers heading towards its Lihir mine, also in PNG.
Over a year after the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Retirement Fund became the first public pension agency on American soil to file for bankruptcy on April 17, 2012 but was later dismissed, it is once again on the spotlight.
Many people of long experience in PNG’s coffee industry are very concerned at the decline in annual yield. Following a 20-year period where PNG shipped an annual average of 1 million export bags, there is a definite decline in production.
Whatever implication the word ‘tax haven’ has on the credibility of a country, Cook Islands is not amused at recent allegations that it fits the ‘tax haven’ description.
If you’ve ever used the Internet while travelling abroad, you know that different countries have specific country code domain names, like “.uk” for the United Kingdom, “.jp” for Japan, “.fr” for France, and “fj” for Fiji, replacing the .com at the end of an URL.
While Samoa continues to debate the growing influence of Chinese businesses in the country, one group has been welcomed with opened arms by the Samoan government.
Vanuatu and Fiji have been given more time by the European Union (EU) to address loopholes in their national fishing laws that encourage Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU).
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