Dec 17, 2017 Last Updated 3:10 AM, Dec 12, 2017

THE Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) controls the world’s largest sustainable tuna purse seine fishery. PNA Members are Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. Global leaders in tuna conservation and management Through using the zone-based management, PNA makes conservation and management decisions within their collective Exclusive Economic Zones.

Many PNA conservation measures are world firsts – such as high seas closures to fishing, controls on Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs), protection for whale sharks and the 100 per cent coverage of purse seine fishing vessels with observers. In 2011, the PNA skipjack tuna caught without using FADs was certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as sustainable, creating the world’s largest sustainablåe tuna purse seine fishery. PNA controls around 50 per cent of the global supply of skipjack tuna, the most commonly canned tuna.

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A PAPUA New Guinea company has joined forces with a Fiji firm for development of its next generation banking software. CloudApp Laboratories (PNG) Limited – a new tech start-up – has joined Fiji’s Software Factory to make a push into the Papua New Guinea market. CloudApp is owned 51 per cent by PNG’s NASFUND Contributors Savings and Loan Society. 

The remaining 49 per cent owned by Software Factory Limited of Fiji. A two-day conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva from October 12-13, charted a way forward for the joint venture’s presence and expansion in PNG. The workshop will help the new Tech Start-up come up with a new Strategic Plan and also a list of new innovative features to be incorporated into its Next Generation Banking System.

“The innovation we bring to our target PNG market is a new banking system that is functional, robust, affordable and supported on shore with the presence of a strong local service team,” CloudApp Labs PNG’s chairman Ian Tarutia said. Tarutia is also the CEO for PNG’s NASFUND and Chairman for the NASFUND Contributors Savings & Loan Society Limited. “PNG has always been heavily dependent on foreign-made systems with little or no local service provider,” Tarutia said.

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COP23

Bula vinaka and greetings from Fiji. We approach COP23 in November with the global community at a crossroads in our collective response to climate change. The choices we make now will decide the fate of our planet and have a huge impact on the lives of all 7.5 billion people on earth.

So it is vital that every global citizen is aware of what is at stake and what needs to be done to avert catastrophe. I assume the COP23 Presidency as the first leader of a Pacific Small Island Developing State to be given charge of the ongoing UN climate negotiations.

In doing so, I will be giving voice to the concerns and aspirations of one of the most climate vulnerable regions on earth. It is a great honour and a great responsibility and I seek your prayers and support. But I am eager to embrace the challenge in the knowledge that my fellow Pacific Islanders and billions of people around the world are looking to me for leadership, along with the rest of the Fijian COP team.

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Mana the Whey to go

A LOCAL sports supplement has entered the market to compete against brands from around the world. Goodman Fielder International (Fiji) Pte Ltd, a company renowned for creating and producing some of the most iconic food brands in Fiji, introduced the Pacific’s first sports supplement brand, Mana, into Fiji in September, 2016, and it has quickly become popular throughout the region. Made in Fiji for Pacific sports enthusiasts, the Mana brand is affordable and great tasting and intended to rival products which are already in the market.

Inoke Ligairi won the Mr Fiji title three years in a row from 2014-2016 and has been using whey protein ever since he started bodybuilding more than four years ago. Supplementation is part of the sport and he has used countless brands of whey protein but when he started using Mana Whey Protein over a year ago, it did exactly what it was supposed to do and he ranked it amongst one of the best he has used. “It mixes well with either water or milk, very smooth on the stomach and it’s even great when you blend it with fruits or carbs for a smoothie,” Ligairi said.

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THE 10th annual conference of the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) is set to kick off on Monday 7 August 2017 at the Sheraton Aggies Hotel and Bungalows, in Apia, Samoa with a program for young water professionals from around the Pacific. The 10th Annual Pacific Water Conference and Expo as well as the 3rd Pacific Water Ministerial Forum is officially set to open on Tuesday 8 August 2017 with a traditional ava ceremony.

The Chief Executive Officer of PWWA which is based in Apia, Pitolau Lusia Sefo Leau, confirms that a little over 300 participants are registered to attend for all the events - considerably more than previous years. Participants include foreign ministers attending the Pacific Water Ministerial Forum, delegations from water and wastewater member utilities from around the Pacific, PWWA’s development partner representatives, young water professionals from around the Pacific region, a decent line-up of technical speakers, experts, professionals, companies, contractors, and providers and suppliers in the water and wastewater sectors from around the world.

Samoa’s host agency and Chair of the Conference Organising Committee, Samoa Water Authority headed by Managing Director - Seugamaalii Jammie Saena, is confident Samoa Water Authority and co-host organisations - the Water and Sanitation Sector of MNRE and the Samoa Independent Water Schemes Association, will deliver on the expectations for an efficient, effective and valuable conference that showcases Samoa’s natural hospitality, and a growing reputation as an excellent conference/event host.

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