Preparing to battle drought

Port Moresby (The National) –  FARMERS in Chimbu have taken measures to help their communities overcome the current dry weather in the province. Village leader Tobby Sundu said several communities in the Gembogl district, including his bulb onion farming village of Womkama, were affected by drought and frost that has destroyed gardens and dried up…

MSG holds key trade meetings

Suva (Fiji Times) – A SERIES of key trade meetings will be held this week in Nadi by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). The meetings will end with the 3rd MSG Trade Ministers Meeting on August 31. Senior officials and representatives from Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are attending the first meeting held today…

Regional financial supervisors meet

More than 25 regional financial supervisors and experts will be in Honiara next week for the annual meeting of the Association of Financial Supervisors of Pacific Countries (AFSPC). The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) will be hosting the event. A statement by CBSI said, the 13th AFSPC meeting is jointly hosted by CBSI and…

Visa on arrival to ‘boost tourism’ in PNG

PORT MORESBY, (POST COURIER) – Visa on arrival for Australian tourists should be ready by October and the paper work is still in its policy stages, Papua New Guinea National Planning Minister Charles Abel has announced. Speaking also as the acting Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Abel said that the Government have supported a major…

UNCDF global head to address microfinance forum

Organisers of the biennial Pacific Microfinance week are pleased to announce that the head of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) will be visiting Honiara in September. UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs).  UNCDF uses its capital mandate to help LDCs pursue inclusive growth. Ms…

SI appointments for BSP staff

HONIARA, (THE NATIONAL) – Two of Bank South Pacific’s (BSP) Papua New Guinea-based staff members have been appointed to management roles in its Solomon Island operations.  Paul Kalai was appointed to manager retail operations and Theresa Kalivakoyo as financial controller of BSP Solomon Islands operations. Kalai’s brings with him over 20 years of banking experience.…