MSG senior official meeting discusses budget, work program

            The Chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), Michael Forrest, Permanent Secretary of the FLNKS External Unit officially opened the two-day MSG Senior Officials Meeting which ended yesterday at the MSG Secretariat in Port Vila, Vanuatu.             Mr Forrest welcomed senior officials from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu…

Vanuatu gov’t seeks help to fix broadcasting issues

RNZI – The government in Vanuatu says it’s looking for partners to help modernise the state broadcaster, and fix radio transmission problems to the outer-islands. Communities rely on the radio broadcast of cyclone warnings during cyclone season. Worries have been raised over the on-going failure of the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) to transmit…

SPTO appoints new marketing officer

SPTO – The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has announced the appointment of Makelesi Muloilagi as its new Marketing Officer. SPTO Chief Executive Ilisoni Vuidreketi said Muloilagi’s inclusion was timely as the marketing division gears up for another year of competitive destination promotion and marketing in 2015for its 16 member countries. “A strong and vibrant…

Neighbour increases terrorism threat level

AP – The terrorism threat level for Australian police has been elevated to high. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said the change was a result of intelligence and discussions with its partners, and was in line with the broader threat level for the community. “Recent events in France, Canada and Australia serve as a sobering…

Increase in Fiji’s visitor arrivals

FBC NEWS – Fiji’s annual visitor arrival number reached a new high of 692, 630 last year. This was 2.6 percent more than the previous record of 675, 050 in 2011. It also represents a significant 5.3 percent increase over the 2013 arrival number of 657, 706. The significant increases in arrivals were recorded from…

SPC welcomes falling energy prices with caution

SPC – The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is optimistic that cheaper oil prices will not reduce the Pacific region’s momentum towards a renewable energy and energy efficient future. Falling global oil prices have given some relief to Pacific Islands’ consumers who pay among the highest prices in the world at the petrol pump,…

Countries to benefit from “powerful” upgraded debt management system

COMSEC – The Commonwealth Secretariat’s upgraded software for managing public debt is a “powerful” and “invaluable” tool for many countries, Deodat Maharaj, Deputy Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, has said. Maharaj was speaking at the launch of the Train the Trainer Workshop for the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Debt Recording and Management System (CS-DRMS) 2.0, which was released…