4FJ pledge attracts numbers

A TEAM from SeaWeb Asia Pacific set up in the middle of Suva on Saturday calling for support from members of the public for the 4FJ pledge initiative. The 4FJ is a campaign which aims to protect the kawakawa and donu grouper fish during their spawning period, which is from June to September each year.…

Ni-Vanuatu Seasonal employer needs workers

A total of 71 Ni-Vanuatu workers will be recruited to begin work as fruit and vegetable pickers on five different farms at the Maroochy SunShine, Pacific Crop Harvesting PTY LTD in Australia by Tuesday next week. Vanuatu’s Department of Labour, through its Recognized Seasonal Employment (RSE) Scheme has encountered another milestone that it believes should…

Data and statistics vital for tourism industry

It’s important to measure the value of tourism and see how much it contributes to the different sectors within the country. That’s the word from South Pacific Tourism Organisation’s CEO Ilisoni Vuidreketi at the South Pacific Tourism Organisation Meeting underway in Nadi.   Vuidreketi says, tourism has become a vital contributor to the sustainable growth…

Australian franchises keen to operate in PNG

Several franchises in Australia have indicated interest in partnering with National Development Bank (NDB) to bring in businesses to support locals in setting up businesses, bank managing director Moses Liu said.   He said negotiations were on-going.   NDB Investment Ltd (NDBIL), a subsidiary of NDB, was seeking reputable international franchises to support its Stret…

SPC and partners collaborate to develop integrated crop management strategies for sustainable food production

SPC: A regional research initiative is looking at innovative approaches to induce activators in plants to enhance their defences to fight off pests and diseases. The research is focusing on a mechanism by which an activator trips the plants’ own defensive shield. The research work being implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)…

PNA discusses need to keep control of tuna supply

PNA – The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) closed its annual officials meeting Friday after discussing ways to control tuna supply and therefore increase economic returns to Pacific countries.  The PNA meeting opened with presentations from key industry players in tuna in the Pacific region. Phil Roberts of TriMarine International underlined the need for…

Samoa’s chamber wants tax reforms

Samoa’s Chamber of Commerce has urged the Government to undertake key tax reforms to boost investment. Those recommendations were made as part of a suite of private sector suggestions to build exports during the annual Private Sector and Government Budget Forum.   Chamber President, Namulau’ulu Sami Leota emphasised the need for Government to engage in…