UNITECH students resuming study in Papua New Guinea

RNZI: The vice-chancellor of the University of Technology in Papua New Guinea says he’s confident the majority of his students will return to class this week. Students across PNG have been boycotting lectures since the beginning of May while demanding the Prime Minister step down to face fraud allegations. Vice-chancellor, Dr Albert Schram, said UNITECH’s…

MSG gets West Papua and Indonesia to talk

A SENIOR delegation of Indonesian officials and delegates of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua met Thursday in a move instigated by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). The two sides had been at loggerhead over West Papua’s struggle to have a separate state. MSG Foreign Ministers meeting chairman and Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs minister,…

Education leaders meet

PACIFIC education leaders from Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Solomon Islands have gathered in Nadi this week for the presentation and discussion of benchmarked education results. Benchmarking provides a baseline against which the performance of education systems can be monitored, both internally to track change over time, and externally, in comparison with other systems, especially…

Forum will observe 2016 Nauru election

THE Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat will send a mission to observe the 2016 elections in Nauru on 9th July. The observer mission comes in response to an invitation from Nauru’s Electoral Commission and the Government of Nauru. “The Pacific Islands Forum is committed to ensuring free, safe and credible elections across the region” said Secretary…

MSG endorses Yauvoli as director

FIJI’S Ambassador for Climate Change and Oceans Amena Yauvoli was formally endorsed by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) as its director-general. Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola confirmed this following a meeting of the MSG at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka. “Senior officials of the MSG met on Tuesday and Wednesday and documented the…

Tension will affect investment: Barker

Port Moresby (The National) – AN economist says disruptions to business operations by public protests may incur additional costs to business operators. Institute of National Affairs executive director Paul Barker told The National last week following tension in Port Moresby last week saying the situation would have some impact on investment confidence as well.  Commenting…

Fijian PM promises help for affected businesses

SUVA, (FIJI TIMES) – The Fijian Government is working on ways to assist people who already received Micro and Small Business Grants (MSBG), but suffered damage in the aftermath of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made this announcement at the MSBG disbursements at the Valelevu grounds in Nasinu. “This includes recipients on…