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…

New Kiribati Campus opens today

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) new Kiribati Campus construction has been completed and will be officially opened by the President of Kiribati, His Excellency Mr Anote Tong today. The construction of the new 1,764 square metre building (with an additional 882 square metres on the vacant ground floor) commenced in late 2014, and…

Experts meet on disaster resilience in the Pacific

NATIONAL Disaster Management officers from 15 Pacific Island countries gather in Fiji on Friday to review their successes and challenges in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters in the region, such as Cyclone Pam. The European Union supported Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific (BSRP) project is bringing the disaster managers together…

London trip for Pacific 8

PACIFIC Islands tourism operators will have a chance to market and promote their products at the World Trade Market 2015 at the ExCel in London from November 2-5. A statement from the South Pacific Tourism Organisation this week said eight national tourism offices and private sector operators from Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, Vanuatu, Solomon…

Divine Word students to sit exams online

The university’s administration office says the installation of the system was a clear testament to the DWU paperless policy. It said the online system is catering for every department, particularly the arts and science students to sit for their exams. The university’s exam timetable already available on the university’s website states that all exams will…