February 2014

PM confident Samoa will do well after LDC

Merita Huch

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.

Good news for the Pacific in terms of EU funding

Robert Matau

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.

Solomons faces potential economic rescue

Alfred Sasako

As it edges closer to an election later this year, the Hapi Isles appears to be in an economic turmoil.

The Davos charade

Dev Nadkarni

As the world's super rich and ultra influential movers and shakers rub shoulders at the hardy annual that is the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the champions of the world's have-nots do everything they can to give them as big a guilt complex as possible.

December 2013

SPC well positioned to influence global agenda

Sean Hobbs

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will embrace a leadership role in supporting its islands members to engage strategically in influencing the post-2015 global development agenda. This was one of the decisions taken by the organisation’s members at the 8th Conference of the Pacific Community hosted and chaired by ...

Investors assured of LNG

Tue 26 Mar 2013 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---- The Japanese government has been given the assurance that the PNG LNG project is on schedule with the first sale of gas by next year.

ACP reinvention will assist Pacific development efforts: Samoan ACP EPG member

Tue 26 Mar 2013 -

BRUSSELS, Belgium --- Former Samoan Financial secretary and member of the ACP Eminent Person Group (EPG) says the re-invention of the group should be responsive to the challenges of contemporary times.

Priorities for the global development agenda shaped by unprecedented public outreach effort

Thu 21 Mar 2013 -

The United Nations presented today the first findings from an unprecedented global conversation through which people from all over the world have been invited to help Member States shape the future development agenda that will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after their target date at the end of ...

Infrastructure, Finance, Skills trainning priorities for new ADB representative

Wed 20 Mar 2013 -

DILI, East Timor – Infrastructure improvements and private sector development to drive inclusive economic growth in Timor-Leste will be the main focus for Shane Rosenthal, the new Resident Representative for the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

New UN study proposes ways to close additional $10 billion funding gap for education

Tue 19 Mar 2013 -

PARIS, France ---It is possible to help make basic education universal by 2015, despite a global funding gap which increased to US$26 billion from US$16 billion during the past three years, according to new figures released today by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Global Human Development Report Offers Opportunities for Pacific Islands to Gain from the South-South

Tue 19 Mar 2013 -

NADI, Fiji --- The Pacific region can take appropriate actions to advance human development, as outlined in the 2013 Human Development Report—The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World.

March 2013

People must be centre of development

Compiled and Edited by Laisa Taga

A roundtable meeting to discuss development issues in the Pacific, particularly after the conclusion of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) programme in 2015, was held last month in the Timor-Leste capital of Dili.

State-Owned Enterprises a drag

Davendra Sharma

Low productivity in state-owned enterprises is inhibiting growth in the poor islands countries, a leading regional development assistance advocate has cautioned.

The Pacific Plan or the Pacific’s problem?

Dr Satish Chand

A review of the Pacific Plan headed by former PNG Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta is underway. This review is aimed at building a “regional consensus on the future direction of the Plan and provide a platform for prioritising regional integration and cooperation efforts over the next decade”.

July 2011

Out of the ashes

Sally Shute-Trembath

It took almost a century for Tommie Seriate to open her first bank account. Prior to walking into a branch of Nationwide Microbank in May 2011, this 49-year-old subsistence farmer from the rural Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea kept her earnings buried in the ashes of the fireplace ...

OIL Search Limited worth more than US$10 billion after 20 years: Botten

Wed 06 Mar 2013 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG---- Oil Search Ltd is worth more than US$10 billion after 20 years of operations in Papua New Guinea, managing director Peter Botten said.

Border markers missing: PNG Official

Wed 06 Mar 2013 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG --- Monuments along the country’s international land border with Indonesia are deteriorating, Department of Western national agency coordinator Richard Aria says.

February 2013

Tracking development progress

At the start of the 15-year journey towards the Millennium Development Goals (2000–2015), the absence of relevant and reliable statistical benchmarks was the norm rather than the exception in most Pacific Islands Countries.