Port Vila mayor visits MSG

THE major of the Port Vila Municipality (PVMC), Ulrich Sumptoh, his deputy Leimara Maraki, councillors of the PVMC, the town clerk, his deputy and heads of departments made an inaugural visit to the Director General and Staff of the MSG Secretariat Wednesday in Port Vila. The visit was a first for the Port Vila Municipality…

Call to end Fiji regime pay secrecy

RNZI: The Fiji Labour Party says the prime minister must provide audited accounts of his salary from April 2010 onwards, RNZI reports. This comes after Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama told people in Rotuma that reports are wrong to suggest he was being paid nearly one million US dollars a year. The Labour leader, Mahendra Chaudhry,…

Meeting to assess their trade facilitation needs

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in partnership with the World Trade Organization (WTO) is hosting a four-day workshop on the new multilateral Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) from 12 to 15 May 2014 in Nadi, Fiji. The workshop will enable Pacific island Members to better understand the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and update their Trade Facilitation…

Vanuatu named best Pacific water utility

NADI, FIJI – Vanuatu’s Electrique du Vanuatu Ltd was rated the Best Performing Pacific Water Utility of the Year according to the 2013 edition of the Pacific Water and Wastewater Utilities Benchmarking Report, released yesterday by the Pacific Water and Wastes Association (PWWA). The 24 utilities that participated in the benchmarking survey are supplying water…

Calls for NZ and Tonga to end dispute over plane

RNZI: The Chair of the Tongan Advisory Council in New Zealand has called on Tonga’s deputy prime minister and New Zealand’s foreign minister to end their long-running feud over a Chinese plane, RNZI reports. Murray McCully and Samiu Vaipulu are meeting today in Wellington to discuss the findings of a recent World Bank draft report…

Bougainville launching own public service

RNZI: The chief administrator in Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville says the launch of its own public service today will greatly benefit locals, RNZI reports. Running its own public service is a cornerstone of the Bougainville Peace Agreement but Port Moresby has, until now, not handed down the powers because it had deemed the province lacked…

Fiji first iron ore export almost ready

Fiji’s first iron sand ore resources from the Ba Delta is expected to be exported out of the country soon. The Mineral Resources Department has also confirmed that work on Amex Resources Limited’s multi million dollar port in Lautoka will also start next month. Three years ago the company was awarded a special mining lease…

Samoa’s first grid connected solar power system

Samoa, the first country to access the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund since its inception in 2010 is finally having their first solar photovoltaic grid system commissioned for use in Salelologa, Savai’i. The formal commissioning ceremony co-hosted by the Government of Samoa and Electric Power Corporation (EPC) took place last week and was attended by…

PNG to join the top dozen LNG exporters

The first shipment of Papua New Guinea’s LNG exports is due to get underway mid-year, marking the country’s entry to this growing global energy industry.   With the prospect of second and third LNG projects, where will PNG fit in to the global LNG market. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry marks its 50th birthday…