Tonga declares dengue outbreak

RNZI: The Tongan Ministry of Health has declared a dengue fever outbreak, with 33 confirmed cases across Tonga. Matangi Tonga reports The Head of the NCD/Health Promotion Unit at the Ministry of Health, Dr ‘Ofa Tukia, has called on Tongans to be vigilant, as the viral disease is spread by mosquitoes. She says of the…

Fiji talks divestment with ADB

Fiji Times – A MEETING between a special delegation from the Asian Development Bank and the Minister for Public Enterprise, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and his permanent secretary Shaheen Ali gave indication of renewed engagement between Fiji and the ADB. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the meeting was to discuss technical assistance ADB could provide with respect to the…

Five pc insured in PNG

The National – PAPUA New Guinea is one of the least insured countries in the world, Bank of Papua New Guinea (BPNG) Deputy Governor Benny Popoitai says. He said only about 5 per cent of the country’s population was insured. “PNG is one of the least insured in the world. About two-to-five per cent of…

Human Rights, critical building block for good governance

Pacific Parliamentarians from 11 Pacific Island countries were reminded today that embracing the principles of human rights such as transparency, accountability, non-discrimination and participation into parliamentary systems will promote good governance and result in improved development outcomes for the region. The 23 members of Parliament are in Nadi this week attending the first day of…

Vanuatu to host regional trade negotiation

OCTA – Pacific Island Country trade officials will meet in Vanuatu to negotiate a new comprehensive regional trade agreement that will deepen economic links in the Pacific. The tenth inter-sessional meeting on the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus negotiations will be held from 22-27 March at the Pacifik Farea Convention Centre at…