UNFPA representative meets USP VC

The University of the South Pacific’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra had a successful meeting with Dr. Laurent Zessler, Director and Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional Office on October 9, 2014. Dr Zessler commended and congratulated the University for its work in the region. He pointed out the three…

Fritch meets French president

RNZI: French Polynesia’s president, Edouard Fritch, has revealed that he met the French president Francois Hollande during his recent Paris visit, which was his first since succeeding Gaston Flosse in the top job. Last week’s meeting had not been disclosed earlier. Mr Fritch says he has been invited to accompany Mr Hollande during his tour…

Initial report on PNG plane crash released

RNZI: An initial report on last month’s fatal plane crash in Papua New Guinea says the pilot requested an alternate landing arrangement after losing visibility, but it may have been too late. The PNG Accident Investigation Commission says the pilot in command was told to proceed to landing, after he requested use of the radio-controlled…

New PNG TV station set for launch

POST COURIER: Papua New Guinea’s first national channel PNG TV is on the verge of being launched following the successful completion of training for five pioneering local specialists. These five uniquely skilled individuals will be joined by another 30 who will be recruited this week to begin training for the roll out of the new…

New style gambling proposed for Vanuatu

RNZI: Reports from Vanuatu say an entertainment company with interests in China is to offer a new style of gambling to Vanuatu. The Daily Post Newspaper reports Amax International Holdings plans to offer live-dealer online gambling to high-rollers in the country.  Amax is an investment holding company engaged in gambling and entertainment related businesses in…

Re-discover the South Pacific at ITB Asia

SPTO:  Tourism stakeholders in major tourism source markets from around the world will meet in Singapore to showcase tourism products at the ITB Asia tourism trade show next week. The event which takes place from October 29-31 at the exquisite Marina Bay Sands will convene tourism promotion bodies, tourism operators, agents and airlines that will…

UK roadshow to showcase Pacific

SPTO: The South Pacific as a travel destination will be under the spotlight again, this time in the United Kingdom with five Pacific national tourism representatives travelling to four densely populated British cities. The South Pacific Tourism Organisation, funded by the European Union’sPacific Regional Tourism Capacity Building Project, will be taking representatives from Fiji, Papua…

NZ Business Council focuses on Melanesia

New Zealand has been traditionally and culturally aligned more closely to Polynesian states than Melanesian countries. The country’s interest in building business ties with Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu is relatively recent when compared to the historic links that Australia has had with Melanesia. In the past couple of years, New Zealand…

EU gives green light for Fiji fish exports

FIJI TV – Fiji now has more opportunities to increase its fish exports to the European Union. This follows the European Commission’s decision to withdraw its formal warning against Fiji,  after the country implemented successful measures to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. Fiji had received a formal warning or known as a “yellow card”…