Fiji lacks experts, says Bainimarama

Thu 29 Jan 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji ----- The shortage of highly trained locals forces Government to rely on expatriates, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Eyes on traffickers: Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority

Thu 29 Jan 2015 -

NADI, Fiji --- Fiji's border control agents are aware that ports of entry in the Western Division are vulnerable and being targeted by illicit drug traffickers and other illegal activities, hence the move to work with stakeholders to curb the problem.

Restrictions eased on Tahiti's Flosse

Wed 28 Jan 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji --- The judicial authorities in French Polynesia have further eased some restrictions imposed on the disgraced former president, Gaston Flosse, who is charged over the alleged theft of China goods from the presidency.

Fijian Elections Office introduces standards to unions

Wed 28 Jan 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) has started conducting sessions for trade unions to assist them in understanding the new standards and concepts of International standard they require before their elections.

SPC welcomes Pacific MPs to deliberate on human rights

Tue 27 Jan 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- Emerging and current human rights issues in the region will be the focus of a three-day consultation this week (28-30 January) with members of parliament from 15 Pacific island countries.

Fiji Public Accounts Committee seek answers

Tue 27 Jan 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji ----- Fijian government ministry representatives have been invited by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to verify and detail discrepancies highlighted in the Auditor-Generals reports.

Payout for test veteran to Christmas Island nuclear bomb group

Tue 27 Jan 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji ----- Fijian military veterans from Britain's Christmas Island nuclear tests will be compensated by Fiji.

SPTO to host tourism expo in Melbourne

Mon 26 Jan 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- The South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) is encouraging local stakeholders to participate in the 2015 South Pacific Tourism Exchange in Australia.

Fiji – China agreements to be rolled out this year

Mon 26 Jan 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- The bilateral agreements made between China and Fiji during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, will be implemented this year.

We’ll reveal the names of political appointees when they are formalised: PM Sogavare

Thu 22 Jan 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has described the Opposition Leader’s statement calling him to justify an unconfirmed list of political appointees of his Democratic Coalition for Change Government as “unethical”.

Speculation over changes in Fiji and the Pacific’s banking sector

Dennis Rounds and Samisoni Pareti
Mon 19 Jan 2015 -

Fiji’s business sector is abuzz with speculations about possible major changes on the local and Pacific regional banking scenes.

MIDA chief faces court

Mon 19 Jan 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji ----- Fiji's Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) chairman Ashwin Raj will appear in court on a charge of “annoyance”, Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald confirmed .

Fiji Opposition warns that not Pacific country immune from terrorism

Tue 16 Dec 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji's Opposition has sounded a warning to Fiji and the Pacific region that no country is immune from terrorism.

December 2014

China hands out goodies to Pacific allies

Dennis Rounds

November’s historic Fiji meeting between China’s President Xi Jinping and eight Pacific leaders served to further solidify China-Pacific cooperation and project the superpower as one of the Pacific’s most generous donors. Meeting the leaders of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Vanuatu, Federated States of Micronesia and Cook Islands ...

Modi’s bold move

Netani Rika

When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi left Fiji after a 15-hour visit last month, he had boldly ventured where none of his predecessors had been before. For with one stop at what has traditionally been the Pacific’s hub since the first ships – and later jet-liners – began to traverse ...

Pacific Sport: The best of 2014

Peter Rees
Tue 09 Dec 2014 -

It was a remarkable year for athletes of Pacific heritage in the international arena.

Expelled Australian diplomat given 48 hours to leave Fiji

Samisoni Pareti
Tue 09 Dec 2014 -

A former Australian High Commissioner to Fiji who was expelled by the Fiji regime in 2009 had to return to Australia on the next available flight when he arrived in Nadi last Sunday.

WCPFC chair makes early exist

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Fri 05 Dec 2014 -

In a yet to be explained move, the chair of the WCPFC Dr Charles Karnell has left Samoa, leaving delegates of the 11th session of the Commission to try and forge some agreements on measures to manage the Pacific’s tuna fishery.

Tuvalu PM praises Fijian teachers

Fri 05 Dec 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Fijian teachers working in Tuvalu have been praised for raising the standard of education in the island nation, according to Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga.

Fiji joins body on Pacific Bluefin tuna fishery

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

Fiji has become the 3rd South Pacific island country to join the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

Modi and Xi vibes

Wed 03 Dec 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- A commercial bank says the visit of two of the world's most powerful leaders in Fiji were a turning point, reinstating its presence on the world scene following successful election in September and marking its brand as the hub of the Pacific.

Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey, takes up post two years after appointment

Wed 03 Dec 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Australia's new High Commissioner to Fiji has taken up her post four years after her predecessor was removed from the country.

Tuvalu’s Feleti Teo jostles for top WCPFC job

Samisoni Pareti* In Apia, Samoa.
Tue 02 Dec 2014 -

Will long time Tuvalu and Pacific civil servant Feleti Teo get the nod to become the new executive director of the Secretariat of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission?

MSG Trade Agreement under review November

Mon 24 Nov 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- The review of the existing Melanesian Spearhead Group Trade Agreement (MSGTA) to include among other chapters, labour mobility, is currently being looked at ahead of this week's 2014 MSG Tradeshow and Fair in Papua New Guinea.

Stand by big brothers: PNG foreign minister Pato

Mon 24 Nov 2014 -

NADI, Fiji --- While Papua New Guinea is looking to strengthen its relationships with emerging world powers, the Pacific's fastest-growing economy says it will not abandon traditional partners Australia and New Zealand.