Water, sanitation, energy key challenges, says UN

THE water, sanitation and sustainable energy crises are among the world’s pre-eminent development challenges, senior United Nations officials warned yesterday. And they urged Member States to adopt coherent integrated policies and innovative strategies to tackle these issues, which take a tragic toll on the lives of millions of poor people, especially women and young girls.…

US lauds gas project in PNG

United States Congressman and chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security Homeland Defence and Foreign Operations in the House of Representative Jason Chaffetz has thanked the Papua New Guinea government for its ongoing support of the PNG LNG project. He expressed gratitude when paying a courtesy call on Prime Minister Peter…

ABG backing mine talk

THE Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) has reinforced its commitment to support negotiations regarding the reopening of the Panguna mine. ABG President Chief Dr John Momis (pictured) said this during the Panguna landowners meeting with the ABG and stakeholders in Buka town last Thursday. The reinforcement stems from the K5 million per year allocation for 2014…

Too many fishing boats in Fiji

There are simply too many ships fishing within Fiji waters for too little tuna stocks. This was the message Radhika Kumar, a representative of the Fiji Tuna Boat Owners Association who was a panelist at last week’s public lecture on Fiji’s tuna industry.   Kumar, who is also the general manager of Solander Pacific Limited,…

PINA board re- elected

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) president Moses Stevens from Vanuatu, is in for his third term as the PINA president. During its Annual General Meeting at Koniambo, in New Caledonia’s northern Province, acting PINA secretariat manager Makereta Komai said from the advice of their lawyers,  Stevens and his deputy Michael Jackson, from Niue, had to…

Nautilus ends deal with PNG govt

Nautilus Minerals Limited which is currently operating the world’s first Sea Bed Mining in Papua New Guinea has announced, it is terminating its agreement with the State of PNG. The government is understood to be aware and the Mining Minister Byron Chan could not be reached for comment.   A statement released by the company…

ANZ Asian Business Centre launched in Fiji

ANZ has announced the launch of the ANZ Asian Business Centre in Fiji, marking a first for Fiji and the Pacific. The Centre will provide personalised service and attention to the business needs of ANZ’s Asian business customers.   “Customers will receive the dedicated support of our highly experienced Asian Banking Relationship Managers,” said ANZ…