Sofu in Korea

Minister for public service Stanley Sofu along with his permanent secretary attended the 2014 UN Public Service Forum in Seoul, South Korea last week. The forum gives an opportunity for public service ministers from Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Caribbean and the pacific with their official and international experts  and practitioners to discuss and exchange…

Curiosity led him on

HE describes himself as one who is shy and reserved. You would not have suspected it if you were at his presentation at the University of the South Pacific last week where the topic has been something of interest to him since he was a boy. Lekima Copeland is freshwater ichthyologist at the USP’s Institute…

Fijians in high spirit at arts festival

THE Fiji delegation led the march for the official opening ceremony of the 5th Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on Saturday. A statement from the Ministry of Information reported that the delegation marched for more than five kilometres from the festival arts village to Sir John Guise stadium. Permanent…

Global tuna fisheries show significant progress, says ISSF

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released its annual report, which outlines the organization’s goals and achievements in 2013 and highlights its ongoing commitment to the continuous improvement of global tuna fisheries through collaboration and advocacy. The report, Enabling Sustainability through Engagement and Advocacy, also emphasizes efforts to encourage industry engagement, including efforts by…

Youths told to be role model

The Honiara City Council (HCC) deputy clerk Ronald Amigo told youths to develop spiritual values and good characters to be a role model for the nation. He was speaking at the opening of the week-long Seventh Day Adventist Youth Alive congress yesterday at the Maranatha Hall, Burns Creek, East Honiara. He said that “we (youths)…

$179m for FNPF Members

Today (Monday), FJD$179 million will be distributed and credited to 300,000 accounts of members of the Fiji National Provident Fund. This represents 5.75 per cent interest rate for the institution’s financial year ending June 30, 2014. FNPF chief executive Aisake Taito said this has been delivered through positive outcomes of the Pension Reforms implemented two…

Bad publicity slows sectors development

NEGATIVE publicity of Papua New Guinea does not help in the growth of tourism in the country, Gateway Hotel general manager Mathew Cooper said last week. Cooper, speaking during a panel discussion on the country’s tourism industry, said security was an issue to potential tourists coming to Papua New Guinea. “Media reports don’t help it.…

NZ business mentors here to assist us

The Pacific Business Mentoring Programme mentors are in Honiara for another week-long training and mentoring to old and new client businesses.  The programme will start this morning and will end Friday 4 July 2014 at the Heritage Park Hotel. The Pacific Business Mentoring Programme, which is funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, operates in…