Fiji’s Bainimarama pulls out of MSG summit

RNZI: Fiji’s prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, won’t be attending next week’s Melanesian Spearhead Group summit in Vanuatu. Instead, he has told the Fiji Sun newspaper that he will be going to the Queen’s birthday celebrations in London. The MSG summit in Port Vila is to revisit the appointment of Fiji’s Amena Yauvoli as the new…

PNA in safer hands

PNA: The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) is in safer hands despite the departure of its chief executive officer of six years Dr Transform Aqorau. Solomon Islander Aqorau will leave the Marshall Islands-based organization in August this year. He will be succeeded by Papua New Guinean Ludwig Kumoru, whose appointment was announced last week.…

Lower growth for Pacific economies

Pacific economies will grow by an average 3.8 per cent this year; down from 7 per cent last year, mainly because of pressures faced by Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Fiji — the region’s largest economies. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) notes Pacific economies face lower growth and tighter fiscal conditions this year because of…

Pacific Island ministers in Nelson

NELSON, (VOXY) —Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) is to host a delegation of Pacific island fisheries ministers and agency representatives next week (April 14). Ministers from at least a dozen nations will spend the day in Nelson. Participants have been invited from the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru,…

Tongan lines crew to assist Fiji recovery

NUKU’ALOFA, (MATANGI TONGA) —-A Tongan line mechanic group will be deployed in Fiji to assist with the efforts to repair the damage to the Electricity Distribution Network caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston. The group consists of six qualified and experienced line mechanics personnel from Tonga Power Limited, led by line supervisor Metuisela Afu. The first…

Taneti Maamau declared new president of Kiribati

RNZI: Kiribati’s Chief Justice Sir John Muria has officially declared Taneti Maamau as the new president of Kiribati. In a nationwide live declaration, Sir Muria confirmed this after the counting of votes from yesterday’s Presidential election, declaring Mr Maamau the president after he won a majority of votes at nearly 20,000. An Air Kiribati special…

Fiji traders warned against price gouging

SUVA,  (FBC NEWS) – Fijian Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, has reiterated his warning to traders to refrain from engaging in price gouging and other unfair trade practices. “It has been noted that some traders have exploited consumers following Cyclone Winston. These practices are not acceptable and will not be tolerated…