$2.2b assistance from EU

THE European Union has provided euro 845.5million ($F2.2billion) worth of development assistance to the Pacific region from 2008-2013. And according to Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific ambassador Andrew Jacobs, euro 68.5m ($F173m) was dedicated specifically to supporting regional integration through trade. “This is likely to continue to be a focus for EU…

Doctor: Health trumps wealth

MONEY is not important when it comes to people’s health, says Chinese Medical and Acupuncture clinic owner Dr Sue Ho. Dr Sue’s clinic in the Capital City has been in business for the past three years and according to her, people are aware of her low fee and many had come in for treatment. “On…

USP graduates challenged

USP Pro Chancellor Professor Chandra reminded pacific students graduated at the USP Laucala campus to start thinking of a new beginning that is full of possibilities. He made this remarks during the USP graduation ceremony held at Vodafone arena in Suva, Fiji on Friday. Professor Chandra told the graduates that as they celebrated the end…

Lifting of Aussie travel sanctions welcomed

The Australia Fiji Business Council welcomed the formal lifting by the Australian Government of travel sanctions against certain Fijian citizens. The Australia Fiji Business Council president, Greg Pawson, said the council has long been an advocate of changing the sanctions. “This is because, whether intended or not, they were an impediment to the conduct of…

Research: Informal economy overlooked

A study on women traders in Papua New Guinea showed that the importance of the roles of market and informal economy were not given due recognition. The report showed that market access was increasingly gaining importance in developing countries which affords an opportunity for reducing poverty, improving food security, creating and strengthening income, and generating…

Global and regional rise of diseases spread by mosquitoes

THE Pacific is currently experiencing a growing epidemic of diseases spread by mosquitoes. The global concern for these diseases was highlighted yesterday, World Health Day; this year’s theme is vector-borne diseases. More than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases spread by vectors (mosquitoes, ticks or flies). In the Pacific, 21 documented outbreaks…

Border challenge for Pacific

THE region will be a haven for criminals, drug and human traffickers and money laundering if Customs organisations did not work together. And if those organisations lagged behind in their responsibilities and roles, the Pacific region would be a dumping ground for contraband goods.   This was the message by Fiji’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs…

NZ to boost aid to flood-ravaged Solomons

Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand’s aid contribution to the Solomon Islands is likely to increase considerably, once the damage caused by devastating floods has been assessed. New Zealand has already contributed NZD$300,000 in immediate aid, and an air force Hercules was to leave for the capital Honiara this morning, with critical aid supplies.…

Pacific Humanitarian team deployed here

The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) has begun deployments to Honiara on Monday in support of the Government’s response to flash floods which have devastated the capital and provinces in the Solomon Islands. Heavy rain from a tropical depression caused severe flooding in Honiara after the Mataniko River burst its banks, washing away homes and bridges.…