Fiji

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”.

SIDETRACKS

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.

Fiji attracts old friends as China’s clout grows

Lucy Craymer
Fri 31 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- Fiji—Western nations are moving to rebuild relations with Fiji as another regional power has claimed a bigger role in the picturesque island nation: China.

Business Forum focuses on trade relations between Australia and Fiji

Fri 31 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- Trade between Fiji and Australia is valued at about $1billion (US$512 million), according to the Fiji-Australia Business Council.

UNHCR regional representative presents credentials to Fijian foreign minister

Fri 31 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ----The United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees Regional representative, Thomas Albrecht, has presented his credentials to Fiji’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

New produce marketing a boost for Fiji’s smallholder farmers

Tue 28 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ----An ACIAR-funded PARDI participant guarantee system (*PGS) project has made excellent progress in recent months towards helping smallholder vegetable farmers compete against marketers of imported produce.

over fake visas

Tue 28 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- Police Commissioner Ben Groenewald confirmed that Fiji police are working with counterparts from other jurisdictions in relation to the discovery of fake Fiji passports with American visas in the US.

Equal rights

Tue 28 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ----Itaukei Affairs Shadow Minister and member of the Opposition, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, said development funds for Fijians come from all taxpayers as well as foreign donors and they have equal rights for their tax dollars to be used for their wellbeing.

French military in talks to rekindle Fiji ties

Tue 28 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ----Commander of the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia, Brigadier-General Luc de Revel met with his Fijian counterpart Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga in Suva today with a view to rekindle ties.

Tourism stakeholders to discuss environment issues

Tue 28 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---Tourism stakeholders, regional environmental organisations and university academics meet in Tonga this week, to discuss ways to increase their knowledge on the impacts of tourism on the environment.

Tourism marketing heads to map 2015 activities

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- Making an impact in our source tourism markets is a major objective of our organisation and getting a tourist from as far away as the United Kingdom or China requires a certain level of planning across the region given the diverse range of products we have.

Fiji Members of Parliament to visit New Zealand Parliament

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji --- A delegation of Members of Parliament from Fiji will this week be undertaking a visit to Wellington to study the way in which the New Zealand Parliament operates.

UN to review Fiji Human Rights laws

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---Fiji's Human Rights laws will be reviewed during the twentieth session of the United Nations Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which commences tomorrow.