More TV stations to air The Pacific Way show

Suva, Fiji (SPC) – In a timely gesture, two more television stations in the Pacific Island region will soon be airing the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s flagship TV show, The Pacific Way. As the show celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, the addition of Click TV in Papua New Guinea and Marshall Islands Local…

Vanuatu’s PM breaks silence over West Papua

PACIFIC SCOOP – Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Sato Kilman, has spoken for the first time since being voted back into office three weeks ago and the vote by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders Summit on the West Papuan application for membership at their meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands, nearly two weeks ago. Kilman broke his…

Tuvalu hosts 11th FFC Ministerial

FUNAFUTI, (FFA) – Pacific ministers for Fisheries from all corners of the region arrived in Tuvalu’s capital Funafuti on the weekend to join local communities for a traditional Sunday to’onai feast. The family-style feast, hosted by Tuvalu’s Minister for Fisheries, Elisala Pita has set the tone for a similarly rich discussion at the 11th Fisheries…

Fiji urged to champion West Papua MSG bid

AS the Fiji government seeks international support to be on the United Nations Human Rights Council, Civil Society Organisation in the region together with Fiji will make West Papua one of several key issues in which Fiji needs to demonstrate its credibility as a fair advocate on human rights violations.  “As part of Fiji’s bid…

Fiji backs MSG Peace-Keeping

FIJI supports a Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Peacekeeping Unit. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama confirmed this to the Fiji Sun before leaving for Honiara on Tuesday. He suggested Black Rock in Nadi as the best place to train the proposed peacekeeping force. Mr Bainimarama said this had been a topic discussed by the MSG Police Commissioners.…

Wewak, Jayapura strengthen trade links

PORT MORESBY, (POST COURIER) — Wewak Town Mayor Charles Malenki has signed a letter of intent with the Mayor of Jayapura Benhur Tommy Mano in Indonesia’s West Papua region to cement trade links between the two centres. This signing will pave the way for Wewak Town in East Sepik Province to commence bilateral activities as…

Air Niugini to link Vanuatu, PNG

PORT VILA, ( VANUATU DAILY POST) – A bilateral deal negotiated between New Guinea and Vanuatu in the corridors of the PALM 7 meeting in Japan may get into air shortly. Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea discussed the air space between and potential investments between Port Moresby and Port Vila and PNG Prime Minister Peter…

We’re not broke: PNG finance Minister

PORT MORESBY, (POST COURIER) – Papua New Guinea New Guinea is not broke – that’s official and from Finance Minister James Marape. He assured Parliament during its first session on Wednesday afternoon that the Government was implementing cost-cutting measures to cushion the drop in world commodity prices. “In light of the falling oil and gas…

Deep sea minerals community of practice for the Pacific

Apia, Samoa – The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union will establish a community of practice for Pacific Islands’ policy officers and legislative drafters involved in deep sea minerals. The new initiative is a key outcome of an intensive regional training workshop on deep sea minerals policy formulation and legislative drafting…