Steady growth in Fiji economy

THE Fijian economy is at its peak with a low expectancy of a downturn in the next few years. Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya said the country experienced a fantastic growth over the past few years. “The economy has been having a slow steady growth and there is not going to be…

Calls to resolve tuna dispute

AS Pacific countries and top fishing authorities race against time to try to resolve an impasse with the US tuna fleet, there are growing calls for a more flexible and permanent solution. The US reneged on a deal worth US68 million, agreed to last year, because some members of the American fleet say they can…

Melanesians assured of rights

MELANESIAN communities around Fiji were reassured of their identity as Fijians and their entitlement to enjoy every right any Fijian must have. Speaking at Naviavia, Savusavu, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said their days of suffering from discrimination was over. “Equality is the most basic principle of my Government and we are all equal citizens of…

Cleansing of illegal businesses explained

GOVERNOR of Northern Province in Papua New Guinea, Gary Juffa has insisted that the actions of his government against certain foreign run businesses do not target a specific ethnic group but all foreign run illegal businesses. He also pointed out that there was a need to protect PNG business opportunities and prevent the loss of…

The Commonwealth to observe Vanuatu elections

A former Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Hubert Ingraham, will lead a Commonwealth Observer Group to Vanuatu for its General Election on 22 January. The snap election is being held nine months ahead of schedule, following a period of political instability in which 14 Members of Parliament were convicted of bribery.  The convictions led to…

Juffa sweeps out foreign owned shops

PACNEWS: Papua New Guinea’s Northern Governor Gary Juffa has begun a cleanup of Popondetta Town by closing down all Asian trade stores and fast food outlets. The action came after numerous complaints about the quality of food produced and sold in these foreign-owned shops. Governor Juffa said only supermarkets will operate in the province. He…