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.

Chinese President’s visit is “unprecedented” says an academic

Mon 24 Nov 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- University of the South Pacific (USP) academic Dr Sandra Tarte says the visit by the Chinese President Xi Jinping here is “unprecedented” and an enormous boost not only to Fiji but to the region as well.

Fiji’s 39 years of deepened relations with China bears fruit

Makereta Komai
Mon 24 Nov 2014 -

NADI, Fiji ----Fiji’s special and deepened relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was demonstrated in an 70 million RMB (US$11.4 million) of grant in aid offered to the Pacific Island nation by President Xi Jinping on Saturday.

China’s President Xi Jinping pledges to deepen cooperation with Pacific Island Countries

Mon 24 Nov 2014 -

China’s President Xi Jinping has pledged to deepen cooperation with the Pacific island countries in trade, agriculture and fishery, marine industry, energy and resources, infrastructure construction and other sectors.

China's President visit to Fiji

Dennis Rounds
Mon 24 Nov 2014 -

China’s President Xi Jinping has reassured the leaders of eight Pacific countries that China will not dictate regional development plans nor influence “regional affairs”.


Dennis Rounds
Mon 24 Nov 2014 -

The Chinese President's visit came to a "preliminary" close this evening with him hosting PM Bainimarama and the leaders of seven other Pacific countries to a lavish banquet.

November 2014

Audit report reveals worst kept secret

After eight years of autocratic rule, Fiji finally has a Parliament which has received a backlog of reports from the Office of the Auditor General. Economist Professor Wadan Narsey studies the report and discusses its implications. There are certain principles which the owners of all organisations, private or public, expect ...

Modi to hold mini summit in Fiji

Mon 10 Nov 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to use his visit to Fiji to meet with leaders of 13 other Pacific Island countries.

Political will needed to revive ailing Fiji tuna industry

Tue 04 Nov 2014 -

SUVA, FIJI ---- A veteran fishing industry player in Fiji says the 2015 budget will need a lot of political will to revamp the country’s ailing tuna industry.

PIDF invited to key regional meetings

Tue 04 Nov 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ----The Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) has been invited to participate at two key Pacific regional meetings this month.

British reinstates military training for RFMF

Tue 04 Nov 2014 -

SUVA, FIJI ---- Seventy two Fiji military personnel will take part in a two-week training on ceremonial drill, psychology of leadership and media operations.

Fiji, PNG important for Aust: Bishop

Tue 04 Nov 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says both Fiji and Papua New Guinea are important partners for Australia.

Additional EU funds to contribute to the sustainable use of marineresources in the Pacific

Fri 31 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---The European Union will provide an additional €650,000 to assist the work of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), the body in charge of the long-term conservation and sustainable use of highly migratory fish stocks in the Pacific.