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.

Opposition welcomes lifting of Fiji's suspension from the Forum

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has welcomed the lifting of the Pacific Islands Forum suspension on Fiji, calling on the Fijian Government to exercise good sense and sound judgment towards the Forum.

'Widespread abuse'

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---- Fiji's Public Accounts Committee chairman Professor Biman Prasad says it has now become abundantly clear there has been widespread abuse of public funds and blatant disregard of fundamental financial procedures, highlighted by the Auditor-General through his audit reports on State finances and ministries for the past seven ...

SPC and Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network agreement signed

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji--- The Secretariat of the Pacific Community has signed a partnership agreement with the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network to address poverty alleviation through the promotion of agricultural livelihoods.

Indian Prime Minister Modi to visit Fiji next month

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ------Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Fiji next month after the G20 summit and his bilateral talks with the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

PIDF relevant to the region: Ambassador Mawi

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ---Since the Pacific Islands Forum suspended Fiji, government has taken the initiative to form an alternative regional organisation.

Fiji will not return to Forum

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ----Fiji’s suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has been lifted.

Double Ebola threat for pregnant women

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

SUVA, Fiji ----EBOLA has become a household buzz word in the last few weeks, if one can dare to be so presumptuous, based on the amount of media attention this deadly and contagious haemorrhagic disease has attracted since its first reported case in Sierra Leone in May, 2014.