Sustainable economic development vital

SUSTAINABLE economic development in the region is vital to address social needs ranging from health and education, to environmental and cultural protection, says a report released by the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative. In its seventh progress report for July 2013 — June 2014, PSDI said this could not occur without resources generated by private…

PNG aims for balance budget

Papua New Guinea Government has handed down yet again another historic budget – a record K16.2 billion (US$6.19b) in comparison with three previous biggest budgets of US$5.7b in 2014, US$4.9b in 2013, and US$4.01b in 2012. The 2015 Budget has been framed against a backdrop of moderate, albeit strengthening global economic growth and continued domestic…

Another WCPFC failure

AT a recent meeting in Brisbane of the Pacific Island Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) executive the meeting noted with grave concern and disappointment the failure,yet again, of the 11th annual session of Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to make any substantive progress in considering pressing issues relating to Pacific tuna fisheries management. Despite the…

Fiji man denied bail over heroin bust

RNZI: A Fiji man has been refused bail in a court appearance after being charged in relation to what police say is the biggest heroin drug bust in the country’s history. 30 kilograms of heroin were found hidden inside bicycle tyres on Sunday, following a joint operation between the Fiji police and the Revenue and…

Support for gender equality in PNG

POST COURIER- The Governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea have announced a five year plan to promote gender equality in PNG. The plan, delivered through an Australian Pacific women’s development initiative, will focus on creating leadership and economic opportunities for women and effectively reducing family and sexual violence. Australia and PNG recognise that women…

Name change to Miss Pacific Islands

SAMOA OBSERVER – A name change for the region’s beauty pageant from ‘Miss South Pacific’ to ‘Miss Pacific Islands’ has been met with widespread approval from the contestants. Miss Papua New Guinea, Grace Nugi said the change is brilliant. PNG is one of the Pacific islands that is not located in the South of the…

PNA unhappy with Japan

THE Parties to Nauru Agreement (PNA) and Tokelau’s proposal on a skipjack tuna has been withdrawn from the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) as Japan has refused to agree to the measure. The measure would have set a reference point, or agreed level of fishing for skipjack tuna, the most common tuna used…