Hopes more Papua prisoners to be freed

RNZI: Amnesty International New Zealand says there’s no doubt that mounting international pressure played a part in the release of West Papua’s most high profile political prisoner after a decade in jail. Filep Karma was yesterday freed from a prison on the outskirts of Jayapura, the capital of Indonesia’s Papua province, to an emotional welcome…

MSG Trade Fair underway in Noumea

The region’s biggest and most exciting annual trade fair – the MSG Trade Fair got underway yesterday at the Chambres du Metiers in Noumea, New Caledonia showcasing a wide range of industries, products and investment opportunities. Over 60 exhibitors and entrepreneurs from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia are participating at…

FFA centre turns courtroom for IUU practice cases

PACIFIC prosecutors and Fisheries officials are putting Illegal fishers on trial this week. They’ve transformed the FFA Conference Centre venue into a moot-courtroom with role plays around scenarios involving illegal fishing boats accused of breaking their license rules in Pacific EEZs. FFA’s MCS Policy Advisor Peter Graham became courtroom bailiff and Legal Advisors Dr Filimon…

MSG investment roadshow and trade fair underway

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USP, AUT seek closer Pacific journalism, research ties

 Auckland University of Technology Journalism Professor Dr David Robie paid a courtesy visit to Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and International, Professor Derrick Armstrong, to discuss possible areas of collaboration.  Professor Robie’s trip to USP was jointly sponsored by the USP Research Office and the Faculty of Arts Law and Education. He was the keynote speaker at…

Regional report card shows the way forward

In September world leaders adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). According to the 2015 Pacific Regional MDGs Tracking report, Forum island countries made considerable progress towards achieving the goals but challenges remain. A majority of the countries achieved universal primary education and were successful in reducing child mortality.…

Pacific cocoa needs craft chocolatier support

AUCKLAND,  (RNZI) – A New Zealand chocolate maker says cocoa from Pacific countries can rival that from Central and South America but needs more support from chocolate makers. The Wellington Chocolate Factory’s Gabe Davidson says cocoa exports from the Pacific are typically used for confectionary for which the quality is not as important. But he…