Speculation over changes in Fiji and the Pacific’s banking sector

Dennis Rounds and Samisoni Pareti
Mon 19 Jan 2015 -

Fiji’s business sector is abuzz with speculations about possible major changes on the local and Pacific regional banking scenes.

Namosi Mine Protest Flares Up Again

Samisoni Pareti
Thu 15 Jan 2015 -

Landowners’ opposition to the proposed multi-million dollar copper and gold mine on central Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island has flared up again this week with the arrest by Fijian police of a 57-year old landowner.

China-bound cattle cargo causes Suva Port Scare

Samisoni Pareti
Thu 15 Jan 2015 -

Vigilant bio-security officers in Fiji had to call on the Fiji Navy to escort an international cargo freighter out of Suva Harbour this week because of its undeclared cargo: 7200 heads of cattle.

February 2014

Counterfeit trade US$250 billion a year

‘The counterfeit goods industry is so sophisticated that it is often impossible to distinguish between the real deal and the spurious pretender. It is also cunningly stratified to cater to different sizes of consumer pockets…This is a common occurrence in markets with poor governance structures, especially for goods of high ...

November 2013

EPA’s off

Samisoni Pareti

More than a decade of negotiations for a free trade agreement between the Pacific members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (PACP) states and the European Union (EU) came to naught in Brussels last month.

June 2013

Rejecting free trade requires new forms of regionalism

Adam Wolfenden & Maureen Penjueli*

Papua New Guinea’s trade Minister, Richard Maru, recently set a cat amongst the pigeons by saying that PNG was not interested in the regional trade negotiations known as PACER-Plus. Specifically, Minister Maru commented that “our feelings at the moment is that PACER Plus would be one sided in favour of ...

Why PACER is not good for PNG: Maru

Samisoni Pareti

Is there life in PACER Plus if Papua New Guinea joins Fiji in opting out of trade talks with Australia and New Zealand? This became a hot topic of discussions when PNG’s trade minister Richard Maru announced at the inaugural Melanesian Spearhead Group’s trade ministers meeting in Nadi last month ...

EU reveals its EPA ‘cards’

Samisoni Pareti

When Pacific trade negotiators sit down later this month with their European Commission counterparts to carve out the finer details of their Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the pressure points would be fishery, market access and services.

May 2013

Good progress so far, says Kessie

We had sought an update on PACER Plus negotiations from Dr Edwini Kessie, the Chief Trade Adviser for Pacific Islands Forum Countries based in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Reprinted below are his responses to questions put forward by ISLANDS BUSINESS.

Roadblocks on PACER Plus talks

Samisoni Pareti

The renewed sense of optimism surrounding the start of PACER Plus negotiations between the Pacific Islands Forum Countries and Australia and New Zealand reportedly suffered a bit of a setback at their last inter-sessional negotiation session last month.

Samoa ratifies PICTA Trade in Services Protocol

Wed 08 May 2013 -

Samoa has become the first Forum Island Country to ratify the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA) Trade in Services (TIS) Protocol.

July 2011

The future of ACP, Europe relations

Makereta Komai

ACP–EU relations have been in existence for quite a while but what great gains has it achieved, for at least one of its small islands member in the Pacific, Palau, asks its former Vice President, Sandra Pierantozzi.

Quandary of quarantine regulations in the Pacific region

Dr Satish Chand

I bought a banana in Canberra last weekend. The one single banana cost me two Australian dollars. For the same money, I bought two dozen sweet bananas in Honiara (the Solomon Islands) a month ago.

May 2012

Tapping the PNG market

Dionisia Tabureguci & Robert Matau

Forget China. The next best thing, if you want a new market brimming with more opportunities than you can swallow, is much closer to home than you think.

Dr Edwini Kessie, Incoming Chief Trade Adviser for Pacific Islands Forum Countries

Samisoni Pareti

As the incoming Chief Trade Adviser (CTA) for Pacific Islands Countries, Dr Edwini Kessie has his job cut out for him. When he takes his leave from the Council and Trade Negotiations Committee Division of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva to join the Office of the CTA in Port ...

Accessing China’s markets for food and timber

Rajan Sami

How can the Pacific region’s agriculture and forestry industries access the booming Chinese economy and its growing need for food and timber?

June 2012

Pacific free trade talks pick up steam

Giff Johnson

A free-trade agreement between Australia and New Zealand and the independent Pacific islands gained momentum at meetings in the Marshall Islands in mid-May, said Australian Parliamentary Secretary for the Pacific Richard Marles at the wrap up of the Forum Trade Ministers’ Meeting.

Trade—a step too far?

Dr Roman Grynberg

For many months now the Pacific has been waiting, just waiting for the EU to finally respond to its proposals for ending the EPA negotiations.

ACP/EU partnership under review

Geopolitical groupings all over the world—more so groupings of developing countries that are funded by nations of the developed world—find themselves caught up in an escalating state of flux as strong winds of change blowing from different directions begin to disturb the long established status quo.

Reviving Kava

Dionisia Tabureguci

If the mana in kava still packs a punch, it is sorely needed. The Pacific’s kava producing nations are engaged in yet another rescue mission to save once and for all the reputation of this commodity.

July 2012

Pacific beer to hit Australia/NZ markets

Davendra Sharma

Exports of premium Pacific islands beer will soon hit the bars in Australia and New Zealand as Coca Cola Amatil (CCA) diversifies into beer.

Tuvalu Eyes Trade to Promote Development

Fri 01 Feb 2013 -

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (UNDP) --- Tuvalu is looking to trade to achieve some of its key development objectives, including alleviating poverty. The Tuvalu Government is seeking to achieve this through the Trade Capacity Building and Institution Strengthening project, launched today. The project will assist the Department of Trade, the private sector ...

February 2013

Selling nickel to Asia

Nic Maclellan

New Caledonia’s nickel industry is being transformed as new joint ventures and exports to Asia challenge France’s control of the strategic minerals sector.

Border Trade vital: PM O’Neill

Fri 01 Feb 2013 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG (THE NATIONAL) ---- Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says there are good opportunities along the border areas to develop relations between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, particularly at Wutung, West Sepik

January 2013

New Players, Challenges Vision

Nic Maclellan

Last month, Sir Mekere Morauta launched a new website, calling for public submissions into his review of the Pacific Plan. Over the next eight months, the former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister will lead a team around the region to look at the plan, which is supposed to set priorities ...