Economist to lead Fiji’s oldest political party

ECONOMIST and former University of the South Pacific academic Professor Biman Prasad is the National Federation Party’s new leader. Prof Prasad was elected to lead the country’s oldest political party at the party’s AGM at the Nadi Sangam College last week. In his maiden speech, the vocal economist called on the Prime Minister, Rear Admiral…

Training for regional middle managers

ABOUT 30 middle level managers, team leaders and potential managers from the region completed a two-week training organised by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority and the Papua New Guinea Inland Revenue Commission on Friday. The third Pacific Managers Development Program (PMDP) training is a specialised course on project management. “The program is aimed at…

Structural shift in technology

There is a structural shift in terms of infrastructure from centrally diesel generation to renewable energy, says Asian Development Bank senior Pacific energy specialist Anthony Maxwell. During the ADB Pacific Business Media Summit in Sydney, Australia, last week, Mr Maxwell said many parts of the world were focusing on renewable energy by providing government subsidies…

Melanesia faces problem with energy access

MELANESIAN countries continue to battle the issue of energy access and connectivity to electricity power. Speaking at the Asian Development Bank Pacific Business Media Summit last week in Sydney, Australia, Pacific energy specialist Anthony Maxwell said access rates for countries such as PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu ranged from 12 per cent to 25 per…

Development of Pacific media

DEVELOPING professionalism in the region’s media sector is one of the main objectives of the Pacific Islands News Association, says PINA president Moses Stevens. Despite the many challenges faced by the organisation, Mr Stevens said this level of professionalism would empower Pacific Island people to share their own stories to the world. He was speaking…

PAP pledges to review business laws

A PEOPLE’S Alliance Party led Government will review the country’s Investment Act so national entrepreneurs can be protected from unfair competition posed by rich investors. The decision to review the Investment Act was agreed on at the party’s recent executive meeting in Honiara. PAP Media Officer, George Atkin reports the meeting heard how the Investment…

CYP centre staff thanked

STAFF of the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) Pacific Centre in Honiara, were farewelled Thursday, as the office comes to its closure. THE Ministry of Women, Youth, and Children Affairs organised the farewell ceremony. The ministry’s director of youth Edward Anisitolo commended the CYP staff for their service to the organisation during its operations here. He…

UN Women responds to girl’s death

THERE are several things essential to address violence against women at the village and community level. UN Women Pacific said this in response to the death of a girl in Isabel, allegedly in the hands of her father. The UN Women says to address this terrible problem at the village and community levels there are…

A terrible tragedy indeed

THE search for the Isabel father wanted over the death of his daughter ended in a terribly tragedy yesterday. That was after police found his body hanging from a tree in the highlands of Isabel. Police believed the father committed suicide. The father escaped after allegedly stabbing his daughter three times on the chest during…