Survey: Law&order, corruptions a challenge for PNG

Despite improvements in the  business  environment  over  the  last  decade,  law  and  order  and  corruption  remain  the  most  severe constraints to doing business in Papua New Guinea (PNG), new analysis from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reveals.  Drawn  from  responses  from  130  firms  surveyed  by  the  PNG  Institute  of  National  Affairs (INA),  the  findings  confirm …

Port preparedness training for Micronesian islands

Four (4) Micronesian islands of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Christmas Island will benefit from a series of Pacific Port preparedness workshops over the next two weeks. This will be conducted by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) under the European Union funded Pacific Regional Tourism Capacity Building Programme (PRTCBP). SPTO CEO…

USP journalism classes still on

A new lecturer is expected to start next Tuesday as the University of the South Pacific’s journalism programme coordinator following the sudden resignation of Dr Ian Weber. The dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, held a meeting with journalism students yesterday. A former coordinator of the journalism programme, Patrick…

Vodafone’s $24m investment

VODAFONE Fiji will embark on a $24million investment program around the country soon. This was revealed by Agriculture Minister Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu during a recent tour of the North. Lt-Col Seruiratu said the investment would include the setting up of transmitting stations nationwide with 18 stations in the North. “The results of the plan…

University opens eatery to public

THE Fiji National University has stepped up a notch to offer a unique deal to the public. With the opening of the Chula Training Restaurant and Bar at the FNU Nadi Campus, students will be able to train and upskill themselves as well as offer something different to the public. College of Business Hospitality and…

Polye: PNG inflation rate stands at 3.5%

Papua New Guinea Minister for Finance and Treasury Don Polye maintains that the country’s inflation stands at 3.5 percent as of the end of last year. Polye said that as of the fourth quarter of last year, the country’s inflation was at 3.5 percent, adding the 4.7 percent announced is still an unofficial figure.  …

Regional fisheries officer up-skilled

About 22 fisheries officers from across 14 Pacific Island nations now have the skills to properly detect and investigate fisheries offences. The competency-based month long intensive training course was conducted at the University of the South Pacific (USP) and backed by the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).   FFA Director General James Movick says these fisheries…

Melanesian festival of arts launched

The official launching of the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture was held in Mt Hagen over the weekend. Mt Hagen will be the satellite venue for the highlands regions when the festival will be held for everyone from the highlands region to see and participate.   Minister for Tourism Arts and Culture Boka…