Melanesia resource rich but quality of life poor

PORT VILA, (VANUATU DAILY POST) – Melanesia is resource rich but the quality of life in the region is poor. This statement was delivered by the Regional Director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Melanesia, Mia Rimon, during the ‘Emerging Youth Leaders of Melanesia Programme’ last week in Port Vila. Rimon said:…

Aqorau: ADB missed the point

AN Asian Development Bank report on Pacific island economies recognizes the Parties to the Nauru Agreement’s vessel day scheme (VDS) as “an outstanding global example of coastal states taking control of a fishery based on highly migratory stocks” that resulted in a more than tripling of revenue to PNA members from 2010 to 2014.   …

ADB highlights private sector as driver of growth

  More private sector investment is needed to sustain growth and create jobs in Fiji, Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Mr Bambang Susantono, told participants attending the Pacific Update Conference 2016.   The two day Pacific Update Conference is hosted by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP)…

Program for emerging youth leaders of Melanesia

Suva (Fiji Times) –  TWENTY youth leaders from Pacific countries, including Fiji, will be part of the Pacific Community’s Emerging Youth Leaders of Melanesia program. A joint media alert from the Pacific Community and the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat said the program is designed to develop strong youth leaders and equip them to lead development…

Guam governor orders deportation of FSM citizen

(THE GUAM DAILY POST) –  With the stroke of his pen, and a one-way ticket, Guam Governor Eddie Calvo made good on his promise to deport felony or habitual non-citizen criminals from the island with or without the assistance of the federal government. A citizen from the Federated States of Micronesia became the island’s test…

West Papua let down by MSG: Vanuatu

(PASIFIK NEWS) – Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai says the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has failed the people of West Papua. The MSG on Thursday deferred a decision on awarding full membership to the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) until a new meeting can be held in September. The delay is meant to…