PNG acts on illegal fishing warning

Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority has stepped up in its efforts to comply with the recent ‘yellow card’ issued by European Union to Papua New Guinea relating to illegal fishing in our waters. Last Thursday, the authority launched its inshore patrol craft Gabut in Vanimo, West Sepik, to protect the country against illegal fishing. …

Samoa’s tourism sector to receive $1million boost

The New Zealand Government has announced a $1 million investment into Samoa’s tourism sector. The announcement was made during Prime Minister John Key’s visit to the country earlier this month.Announcing the investment, Mr Key said, “This funding will help the Samoa Tourism Authority to upgrade a number of important visitor attractions, and improve information and…

More graduates from APTC

MORE than a hundred fifty (150) local students have successfully completed their training under the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) during a graduation cermeony last Thursday. This was by far the largest number to have graduated from the institution since the inception of the program. The graduation ceremony was attended by minister of education Dick Ha’amori,…

Trade expo work takes shape

Preparations for the upcoming trade expo in Honiara which is set to begin on the 6th of July 2014 is progressing well. The chairman of the trade expo Redley Raramo confirmed this on Sunday. “I’m pleased to confirm that work has progressed well over the past weeks and I must commend my committee members and…

‘Solomons just like Jamaica’

Members of the visiting group band from Jamaica, Inner Circle said they are keen to return to the country in the future. Speaking to local media and VIP guests at a press conference on Sunday at the Heritage Park hotel, the band’s drummer Lancelot said their coming back depends entirely on the promoters and the…

Online registry benefits region

SAMOA and Papua New Guinea (PNG) have joined the country in benefiting from the newly established online company registry. Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) private sector development initiative business law reform expert Aaron Levine fortnight ago spent time in Apia to work on the Samoan company registry to ensure it is operational. Speaking at the Pacific…

SPC and PIDF join hands for sustainable development

 (SPC), Nadi, Fiji –  The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) last week made a commitment to work together to address issues relating to sustainable development in the Pacific region. This follows the signing of a four-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) between SPC’s Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, and…

ADB supports Samoa in AgriBusiness

APIA, SAMOA – Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President Lakshmi Venkatachalam and Samoan Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi last week launched an AgriBusiness Support Project that will provide business support services and financing to agribusinesses in Samoa. “Agribusinesses provide jobs and income, so their development will play a critical role in promoting…

Waitt institute acknowledged

Government through the ministry of environment, climate change, disaster management and meteorology has thanked Waitt Institute from the United States (US) for freely offering their facilities and boat to conduct a two week of marine research in the Western province. The institute works with committed local governments and the scientific community to develop comprehensive, practical…