Toktok session highlights fisheries

Toktok session of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) held at the Mendana Hotel yesterday, highlights issues of fisheries and challenges ahead facing the island nations and their marine resources. This was revealed during the discussion facilitated by high profile representatives from pacific countries and regional organisations. Discussion was constructively mediated under the topic ‘Harnessing…

West Papua wants to interact more with MSG countries

West Papua says it wants more interaction with members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. The intention was relayed yesterday to the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara by the visiting General Secretary of the United Liberation Movement of West Papua, Octovinius Mote.…

Melanesian police academy nears implementation

The proposal for the establishment of a Melanesian Regional Police Academy is amongst the agendas for discussion by the Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders at their two-day meeting in Honiara later this week. Director-General of the MSG Secretariat, Mr Amena Yauvoli told the MSG Chair, during a briefing on Monday on MSG issues ahead of the…

PM emphasises PIDF summit theme

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare said, the theme of the 4th Leaders’ Summit do recognises the fact that the health, wealth, history, culture and identity of the peoples of the Pacific Islands are vast and diverse. Speaking at the official opening of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders’ Summit, at the Lawson Tama stadium on…

PNA challenges leaders

At the Pacific Island Development Forum Leaders Summit yesterday, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) told the delegates sustainable management of fish was key to self-determination for Pacific peoples. PNA CEO Dr Transform Aqorau challenged leaders to obtain what he called “true independence” by self determination, Indigenous management of ocean resources, South-South cooperation and…

West Papua hopeful for full membership

Indonesian province of West Papua is hopeful to see their full membership plea in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), advance during this 4th Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) summit hosted in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Speaking to the media yesterday spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Paupua (ULMWP) Benny Wenda said they are optimistic…

Historic medical deal

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has signed an historic Partnership Agreement to help aid the nation’s medical sector, sealing arrangement for up to twenty 20-foot containers of medical supplies to be provided annually by New Zealand’s charitable organisation, Take My Hands. Permanent Secretary Dr Tenneth Dalipada signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this…

Journo congress set to start

MORE than 220 journalism educators and journalists are participating in the 4th World Journalism Education Congress that will open on Wednesday night in Auckland, New Zealand. They represent 43 different countries in the world. Kick-starting the programme will be a day-long “Pre-conference” for journalists and journalism educators in the Pacific feeding into the main global…