Pacific tuna stocks on the brink of disaster, warns outgoing fisheries head Glenn Hurry

Tue 02 Sep 2014 -

KOROR, Palau ---- The Australian who heads fishery management in the Western and Central Pacific has warned an international agreement is urgently needed to avert disaster for the tuna industry.

'It's in our DNA to conserve the ocean'

Samisoni Pareti, Editor-in-Chief, Islands Business magazine
Sun 31 Aug 2014 -

Two days before world leaders begin their weeklong conference on sustainable development in this Pacific island nation, small island developing states have been inspired to follow the lead of countries like the Cook Islands, Kiribati and Palau in turning most if not a large part of their oceans marine reserves.

FSM, US sign maritime boundary treaty in Palau

Tue 05 Aug 2014 -

KOROR, Palau --The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the United States has signed a treaty that clarifies maritime boundary between the two countries.

Cuba attends first post-Forum meeting

By Nic Maclellan in Koror, Palau
Fri 01 Aug 2014 -

As Pacific Island Forum leaders conclude a week of meetings in the Republic of Palau, the Caribbean nation of Cuba has joined the annual Post-Forum dialogue for the first time. At last year’s meeting in Majuro, regional leaders accepted Cuba’s application to become a Post-Forum Dialogue Partner – the dialogue ...

Climate change: The 'greatest threat' to the peoples of the Pacific

Thu 31 Jul 2014 -

KOROR, Palau -----Amid growing concerns over rising sea levels, this year's Pacific Islands Forum summit has started. Its Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade reiterates that climate change threatens the viability of the forum's member states.

O’Neill: PNG major player in Pacific

Thu 31 Jul 2014 -

KOROR, Palau ---- Papua New Guinea will continue to be the major trade investor apart from being a donor agency and main regional player assisting smaller Pacific nations, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said in Palau Wednesday.

NZ to help protect Pacific fisheries

Thu 31 Jul 2014 -

KOROR, Palau ----- New Zealand is committed to monitoring illegal fishing in the Pacific, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says.

Solomon Islands want to resolve airline impasse with Fiji, says Attorney General Titiulu

Makereta Komai
Thu 31 Jul 2014 -

KOROR, Palau --- Authorities in Solomon Islands want to resolve the impasse between its airline, Solomon Airline and Fiji’s national carrier, Fiji Airways, which has affected flights between the two countries.

K300 million development assistance for Pacific Island countries – Minister Pato

Makereta Komai
Thu 31 Jul 2014 -

KOROR, Palau --- Papua New Guinea has set aside K300 million (approx US$122.6 million) as development assistance for Pacific Islands Countries.

PNG confident of Dame Taylor’s credentials for the PIFS Secretary General

Makereta Komai
Thu 31 Jul 2014 -

KOROR, Palau --- Papua New Guinea is confident of the credentials of its candidate, Dame Meg Taylor, who is one of the five Pacific Islanders that have applied for the position of the Secretary General of the Suva-based Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

Opinion: Key's absence felt at Pacific Islands Forum

Amanda Gillies
Wed 30 Jul 2014 -

KOROR, Palau ----It was an awkward but telling moment. To be honest, I wasn't expecting it. I had asked Palau's President a straightforward question: Was he happy with the support New Zealand provides his country?

Forum Secretary General Calls for New and Innovative Ways to Address SIS Vulnerabilities

Wed 30 Jul 2014 -

KOROR, Palau ----The meeting of Leaders of the Smaller Island States grouping opened the series of official meetings of the 45th Pacific Islands Forum, in Koror, Palau Tuesday.

Forum leaders to tackle fishery disparity

Wed 30 Jul 2014 -

KOROR,Palau ---The vast disparity between what Pacific islands get from their fisheries and what goes to foreign fleets is to be discussed at an island leaders summit in Palau today.

PNG pushes for SIS office

Wed 30 Jul 2014 -

KOROR, Palau NBC PNG) -----Papua New Guinea's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Rimbink Pato, says the Government has approved over K300 million (US$122 million) for setting up and running of a Smaller Island States office in Port Moresby.

Oceans Declaration demands new and genuine partnerships, Palau President

Makereta Komai
Wed 30 Jul 2014 -

KOROR, Palau --- Palau’s President, Tommy Remengesau says his proposed Oceans Declaration is a call to ‘stop the debate and form genuine partnerships’ with development partners on oceans.

Less talking, more walking!

Nic Maclellan in Koror, Palau
Wed 30 Jul 2014 -

Most mornings, the President of the Republic of Palau goes for a walk. In a region with high rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, Tommy Remengesau Jr is a firm believer in fitness and health. So as host of this week’s Pacific Islands Forum, he invited delegates to join ...

PACER Plus nearing conclusion, says Chief Trade Adviser

Samisoni Pareti
Wed 30 Jul 2014 -

Bogged down by the thorny issues of labour mobility and development, chief trade adviser in the Pacific Islands Dr Edwin Kessie is hopeful still for a resolution of the new free trade agreement called PACER Plus between the smaller islands of the Pacific Islands Forum and its two larger members ...

Crucial decisions for Pacific Islands Forum

Nic Maclellan in Koror, Palau
Mon 28 Jul 2014 -

The future of the oceans is high on the agenda as the Republic of Palau prepares for Tuesday’s opening of the Pacific Islands Forum.

July 2014

Palau – where size doesn’t matter

Samisoni Pareti

Not counting the 400 or so volcano-uplifted little limestone islands that make up the spectacular Rock Islands, Palau is small. With a population of 21,000 living in the islands’ 16 states, the island republic does live up to the Greek meaning of the name of the cultural grouping it belongs ...

Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund Coordinators meet in Palau to discuss Projects

Wed 16 Jul 2014 -

KOROR, Palau ---- The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat’s Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund is hosting the first ever meeting of regional PEC Fund coordinators from 15-17th July 2014 in Koror, Palau.

IMF recommends Palau enact tax reform

Mon 12 May 2014 -

KOROR, Palau--- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recommended that Palau enact a comprehensive tax reform bill, including the introduction of a value-added tax.

Soalablai sworn in as Palau’s new Education minister

Mon 28 Apr 2014 -

KOROR, Palau — A new Education Minister was appointed in Palau last week.

Chickens die at Palau farm; cause unconfirmed

Mon 07 Apr 2014 -

KOROR, Palau — Chickens from the Palau Mission Academy Poultry Farm died in a matter of days causing concerns in this island nation.

Fiji President encourages partnership with Palau

Thu 20 Mar 2014 -

KOROR, Palau ---- Fiji's President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau in his first State visit to Palau has called on leaders to consider strengthening co-operation with Fiji.

Palau investigates police bribery allegations

Tue 04 Feb 2014 -

KOROR, Palau --- An internal investigation has been launched into allegations that police officers have been accepting bribes from foreign workers instead of issuing citations.