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Tonga government awards 5% salary rise to civil servants

Tonga's public servants were awarded a 5% pay rise in mid-February, back-dated to January, said Tufui Faletau, the acting CEO for the Ministry of Finance and National Planning (MFNP).

SPC headquarters celebrates 65 years in Noumea

Yesterday SPC marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of its Headquarters in New Caledonia.

The head of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation says business leaders need to change their thinking about competitors and work better together to increase export opportunities.

Why I was sacked: Pokajam

Letter from Suva, by Islands Business Managing Editor, Laisa Taga.

Churches urged to speak up for West Papua people

CHURCHES must stand and speak for the rights of the voiceless in the community.

Rio Tinto eyes return to Panguna mine

BUKA, PNG - Bougainville Copper is to open an office on Bougainville Island this year as sentiment begins to build within Papua New Guinea for a resumption of mining of the giant Panguna copper deposit.

PNG’s first LNG export due by July

Papua New Guinea’s first liquefied natural gas cargo is expected to leave from near Port Moresby in the next four months, with the $US19 billion (K46bn) PNG LNG project set to perform a rare regional feat by coming on stream ahead of schedule.

BSP launch new VISA debit card

FIJI TIMES - Bank South Pacific (BSP) has launched its new VISA debit card in Suva, which, among other things, will make travelling easier for its customers.

Fiji leading the Pacific in addressing poverty

Fiji TV - Fiji is one of eight countries in the region where 20 percent of the population still live in hardship – meaning they are unable to meet all of their basic needs.

Vanuatu disaster officials fear more deaths from Lusi

RNZI: Vanuatu's Disaster Management Office says the death toll could rise as it establishes the full extent of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Lusi.