A new regional tourism strategy for the region

Tourism in Pacific Island countries is expected to receive a boost with the completion and soon to be launched regional tourism strategy. The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is into the final lap of country consultations through workshops and stakeholder discussions at a regional level to seek valuable feedback on the first draft of a…

Survey: Law&order, corruptions a challenge for PNG

Despite improvements in the  business  environment  over  the  last  decade,  law  and  order  and  corruption  remain  the  most  severe constraints to doing business in Papua New Guinea (PNG), new analysis from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reveals.  Drawn  from  responses  from  130  firms  surveyed  by  the  PNG  Institute  of  National  Affairs (INA),  the  findings  confirm …

Port preparedness training for Micronesian islands

Four (4) Micronesian islands of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Christmas Island will benefit from a series of Pacific Port preparedness workshops over the next two weeks. This will be conducted by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) under the European Union funded Pacific Regional Tourism Capacity Building Programme (PRTCBP). SPTO CEO…

USP journalism classes still on

A new lecturer is expected to start next Tuesday as the University of the South Pacific’s journalism programme coordinator following the sudden resignation of Dr Ian Weber. The dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, held a meeting with journalism students yesterday. A former coordinator of the journalism programme, Patrick…

A Leader is a risk taker

As we continue with our discussion on the topic of ‘Leadership,’ the third aspect of understanding the characteristics of leadership, “A leader is a risk-taker.” Risk taking is an indispensable part of leadership. A French writer Andre Gide said, “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”…

New church president in August

A new president of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma will be elected in August during the annual church conference (Bose Ko Viti) in Suva. This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun over the weekend by the church general secretary, Reverend Tevita Banivanua. “We will be electing a new president in August during the…

Micro finance course for church members

THE ongoing micro finance expansion project (MEP) will give Papua New Guineans knowledge on how to deal with financial matters and banking institutions. MEP training specialist Andy Philip said a weeklong training for trainers (TOT) recently involved 14 church leaders and members who took up courses on savings and budgeting. The participants included seven women.…

Visale parish prepares for big even

VISALE Parish in northwest Guadalcanal is looking forward to celebrate two big events this year. Solomon Star stringer John Toki said these events were announced during Visale Parish Pastoral council meeting over the weekend. The meeting was held for two days at Visale community high school building. He said an ordinance of a priest will…