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).
Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill moved swiftly in mid-June to address a looming crisis hanging over one of the country’s most important investors—Australian gold giant Newcrest.
Negotiations for a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union by the 14 Pacific countries, which are members of the ACP bloc resumed in Brussels in the last week of June.
An offshore investment made by pension funds in the Pacific does not only have to mean diversifying to the more developed Western or Asian economies.
Early in the term of Papua New Guinea’s new government—which has ensured, by a constitutional amendment, that it will be in power at least until this time in 2015 – it is facing some complex challenges, especially around the country’s biggest revenue earner, mining. There’s a common view, even in ...
Kiribati has secured a US$1.71 million deal for 15,000 tonnes of tuna per year with the European Union. Under the agreement, the EU is now able to deploy four purse seiner and six longline vessels in Kiribati’s waters.
Airlines have a strange way of doing business. For years they can be in a cut-throat competition but then overnight they can jump in bed with each other. But then again they are no different to other industries—the same can be said about banks, telecommunications, energy and manufacturing companies.
Fiji companies trading with China stand to benefit immensely from the ANZ Bank’s Renminbi Trading Platform. Launched recently in Suva, the platform now means Fiji traders won’t have to convert their cash into US dollars and then convert it again into Chinese currency—termed as double conversion.
Solomon Islands was on a downward spiral when an Australian-led intervention force landed in Honiara in 2003. The country was then dubbed “a failed state.” For good reasons.
PNG government’s determination to push ahead with the development of the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) is likely to cause a clash amongst landowners if outstanding issues are not adequately addressed.
It’s been eight months since the old Fugalei produce market had closed down. And there were plans a new premises would open in mid-year 2013. But it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen as the bidding process continues to drag on.
Forget China. The next best thing, if you want a new market brimming with more opportunities than you can swallow, is much closer to home than you think.
It’s easy to spot Pacifica products such as handbags made from bamboo, pandanus leaves, seashells and so on at events like Pasifika, the world’s largest Polynesian festival that takes place annually in Auckland.
Businessman David Iro, who pioneered solar development in his native Solomon Islands, was looking forward to cap off his success by manufacturing solar for the first time this yea—12 years after he started from almost nothing.
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