Forest vital for the region

INTERNATIONAL Day of Forests had a particular importance for the Pacific region. That’s according to Inoke Ratukalou, director of Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Land Resources Division. He was speaking on the International Day of Forest on March 21. “This day, which aims to celebrate and raise awareness on the importance of all types…

Success story of PNG seaweed farming

THE Government of Papua New Guinea has been using seaweed farming as a source of income for the past six years. And according to Bougainville Seaweed Limited senior co-ordinator Raymond Moworu, this success story could be an example for other Pacific Island countries. Speaking at the regional Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) training and consultation…

World Bank endorses $10 million for Tonga

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors last week endorsed a plan to contribute approximately US$10 million to the Government of Tonga to support the reconstruction and repair of houses for hundreds of families in Ha’apai whose homes were badly damaged or destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Ian in January this year. A World Bank team…

Video Technology Skyward: Bringing Aerial View Closer

After months of testing with the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji, a Nadi company, Skyward Industries, has gone airborne with the latest in DSLR camera technology. Skyward Industries provides a new breed of services to various industries while simultaneously benefitting the local community. The company is utilising heavy duty remotely piloted machines. Company chief executive…

PNG to gain more from efficient infrastructure

DEVELOPING economies like Papua New Guinea will gain more from investing in infrastructure such as road, bridges, ports unlike advanced economies, ANZ’s Asia- Pacific economist Daniel Wilson said. Supporting  this, ANZ chief executive Mark Baker highlighted that infrastructure development for agriculture particularly the coffee industry would mean building roads for farmers to get their products…

PNG’s microwave link

TELIKOM PNG Ltd has invested about K53 million in a microwave transport system to support its rollout of the national broadband network (NBN). The project would be carried out by Aviat Networks Inc (Aviat). Telikom board chairman Mahesh Patel said this was part of NBN project announced recently on rolling out of major networks across…

Show attracts traders

TRADE Pasifika has confirmed that about 100 exhibitors will showcase niche products at this year’s exhibition in Suva. The event, which is scheduled for April 2-4 at the Vodafone Arena, will feature 60 buyers from as far as China, Malaysia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Abu Dhabi and the Pacific region. Compared to 2012, the number…

ANZ gives glowing report on economy

TWO highly-respected economists have given a glowing report on the Papua New Guinea economy, debunking recent criticisms of the debt levels, deficit and budget financing. ANZ Bank’s economists Raymond Yeung and Daniel Wilson made their presentations last week at breakfast before the business community and attended by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. The prime minister welcomed…

Media training in limbo

A MEDIA training program which was scheduled to be held in Fiji next month has been postponed. The training was the second phase of the PACMAS Digital Media Training Project, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA), Sally-Ann Wilson told The Fiji Times yesterday. Ms Wilson said PACMAS was not able to operate projects in…