March 2015

Destination Suva

Mere Tuqiri

MOST likely a workshop or high-powered meeting has taken you to Fiji’s center of administration, Suva. An important regional hub the Fijian capital, one of four Melanesian urban centers, has fast developed a skyline of malls, office space, and rented accommodation. If you haven’t been to Suva, this is a ...

Private sector says EU fisheries report inaccurate

Wed 25 Feb 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji --- The Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) says a European Union report on fisheries in the region does not reflect the real situation.

Fiji disciplinary forces support UN Convention Against Torture

Wed 25 Feb 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji ----The Fiji Police Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) have both recommended the ratification of the UN Convention Against Torture (UNCAT).

Fiji continues to expand foreign relations

Tue 24 Feb 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji continues to strengthen and expand its foreign relations.

Re-stamping the South Pacific in Germany

Tue 24 Feb 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Three National Tourism Organisations (NTO) and four private sector members are geared up to participate at the 2015 International Tourism Bureau (ITB Berlin), one of the world’s leading and biggest travel trade shows held annually in Europe.

Fiji NGOs support ratification of UN torture treaty

Tue 24 Feb 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Recent reports of alleged torture as well as a video that went viral in 2013 which appeared to show Fijian prisoners being beaten with metal bars and baton, underline the need to ratify UNCAT, two women NGOs said in a joint submission to the Standing Committee on ...

Fiji to have new security system soon

Tue 24 Feb 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji will soon have a national security system in place that will make it suitable for the challenges we face in a rapidly evolving regional and global environment, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Fiji nationals allegedly drown in Kiribati

Tue 24 Feb 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- Two Fijian nationals who were crew members of a fishing vessel are believed to have drowned near Phoenix Island Reef in Kiribati.

'Sign West Papua petition'

Tue 24 Feb 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji --- A petition for Fijians to stand in solidarity with the people of West Papua in their application to be full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group will be delivered to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in late April.

EU team in Fiji for EPA discussions

Tue 24 Feb 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji --- A high level team from the European Union office in Brussels will be in Fiji this week holding discussions on the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which Fiji has agreed to.

February 2015

Pichler departs Fiji Airways after record breaking year

Samisoni Pareti

FIJI Airways Chief Executive Officer Stefan Pichler is leaving the airline after propelling them to a record breaking profit margin which is expected to exceed $60 million (US$29.14m) for the 2014 financial year. Pichler had wanted to stay in the job for four years. But a distress call from his ...

Free West Papua

THANK you for the coverage on West Papua in your January issue. I was pleasantly surprised to see that IBI went to great lengths to cover what is to me - the greatest cover up of the 21st Century and that - happening right in our Pacific backyard. So kudos ...

Editor’s Note

I hope you will enjoy reading the finer details about one of the region’s largest buyout in recent times, with Bank South Pacific snapping up Westpac Bank’s operations in five island countries.

Direct flight from China to Fiji equals jobs, wider tourism base: Whitton

Mon 16 Feb 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- The inaugural direct flight from Shanghai to Fiji means more jobs, more foreign exchange earnings and diversification to ensure a wider tourism base, says Rosie Holidays Managing Director Tony Whitton.

Fijian government defends investment in Fiji Airways

Mon 16 Feb 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Fiji’s Attorney General and Minister for Public Enterprise Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has accused National Federation Party Parliamentary Leader Biman Prasad of lacking understanding of the civil aviation industry whilst defending Government’s investment in the national airline, Fiji Airways.

Telikom PNG owns EMTV now

Samisoni Pareti
Thu 05 Feb 2015 -

Fiji’s television company Fiji TV today announced its divesting its Papua New Guinea owned television subsidiary Media Niugini Limited for Kina 27 million, or US$9.98 million.

Fiji and Australia to sign MOU on seasonal workers scheme

Wed 04 Feb 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji ----- Fiji and Australia are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the seasonal workers scheme before the end of the month.

Removal of symbols from Fiji flag will not break ties with us: British High Comissioner Drummond

Wed 04 Feb 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji --- The British High Commission in Suva says the removal of the Union Jack and the Shield from the Fiji flag will not break the ties the United Kingdom shares with Fiji.

Bigger priorities than changing flag: Fiji Opposition

Wed 04 Feb 2015 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- National Federation Party (NFP) Parliamentary leader and Opposition member Professor Biman Prasad insists there are more important issues for the Fijian Government to deal with than making plans to change the country's flag.

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.