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Nawaibuta tribe launch new $170k investment

THE new Nawaibuta House worth $170,000 was opened today at Korovou Town in Tailevu. The yavusa (tribe) of Nawaibuta consists of three villages – including Navunisole, Matacula and Nailega from the province of Tailevu –...

Program to offer women skills, qualifications in construction

TWENTY Fijian women will have the opportunity to learn construction work through a new program aimed at upskilling and boosting the local industry. The program is an initiative of Habitat for Humanity Fiji partnered with Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) supported by Asian Development Bank (ADB). A statement issued by the Habitat for Humanity Fiji today...

American Samoa cannery seeks help with EPA permit

PAGOPAGO, 16 AUGUST 2018 (WIRES) – The owner of American Samoa’s StarKist cannery wants the territory’s help to sway the federal government. The US-based company is applying for a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency concerning discharge into the ocean from its Pago Pago cannery. A territorial official says StarKist’s expansion plans in American Samoa...

ANZ opens new world class branch in Kiribati

TARAWA, 16 AUGUST 2018 (ANZ) – There’s a new symbol of what world-class looks like in Kiribati, the most remote location in ANZ’s global network. ANZ Kiribati CEO, Finau Soqo, proudly opened the new ANZ office and branch with President Taneti Maamau, Minister of Finance and Economic Development Dr Teuea Touatu, government representatives and other...

Papua New Guinea has opportunities in carbon capture says ecologist Tim Flannery

BRISBANE, 16 AUGUST 2018 (BUSINESS ADVANTAGE PNG) – Papua New Guinea has opportunities in the emerging carbon capture techniques, climate change expert Professor Tim Flannery told the Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference in Brisbane. He pointed to forests, soil and marine as potential commercial areas. “Sadly, we have come to an agreement very...

Address debt at leadership level: NZ foreign minister Peters

APIA, 16 AUGUST 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – The level of debts that Pacific Island nations owe to the Chinese government should be addressed at the leadership level, says Winston Peters. Speaking on the sidelines of the one-day Forum Foreign Ministers conference in Samoa recently, the New Zealand Foreign Minister echoed the sentiments of Tonga’s Prime...

Indicators show a slowdown in PNG economic activity: BSP Bank

PORT MORESBY, 16 AUGUST 2018 (POST COURIER) – Economic activity in PNG has slowed down over the last six months with the commercial and residential investment property market especially in Port Moresby and Lae showing signs of stress in the past 12 months. This is based on Bank South Pacific’s analysis of anecdotal indicators reported...

Fiji Link receives brand new twin otter aircraft

FIJI Link took delivery of its fourth brand new Viking DHC-6 Series Twin Otter aircraft yesterday. According to a press statement released by the carrier, the airline now has one of the youngest fleets in the world. Fiji Airways managing director and CEO Andre Viljoen said the aircraft was chosen for its robustness and versatility....

Samoa Fibre optic cable debt unknown

APIA, 15 AUGUST 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – The debt owed by the Samoa Government to the American Samoa government for the American Samoa Hawaii Cable (ASH) contract that was signed in 2009 remains unknown with officials refusing to divulge more information. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi recently said the Government stepped in to assist Computer...

PNG fisheries minister happy with positive outcome of tuna meeting

PORT MORESBY,15 AUGUST 2018 (POST COURIER) – Papua New Guinea Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Patrick Basa has expressed satisfaction at the outcome of the 13th Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Ministerial Meeting held in Nauru recently. The week-long meeting by fisheries ministers from the eight member countries ended with the signing of a...

Air Niugini flying with APEC logo

PORT MORESBY, 15 AUGUST 2018 (THE NATIONAL) – National flag carrier Air Niugini will promote APEC 2018 on four of its aircraft that make international flights. APEC Coordination Authority and Air Niugini Tuesday launched the ‘APEC 2018, Papua New Guinea’ logo on one of the airline’s Boeing 737 aircraft in Port Moresby. Air Niugini general-manager...

FNPF renews certificate cycle for pensioners

THE Fiji National Provident Fund has revised its renewal certificate cycle for pensioners from four to six months. According to FNPF, this means that pensioners will only need to visit FNPF offices twice instead of three times a year, to submit their signed renewal certificates to ensure continuity of pension payments. Making the announcement yesterday,...

Agencies explore workable single window system customised for Fiji

TWENTY three trade facilitation agencies are drafting a workable single window system customised for Fiji to ensure secure trade. A single window is a system that allows traders to lodge documentation to achieve entry, clearance, and release of their goods from a single convenient location. World Bank facilitators conducted a single window workshop for these...

Tourism excellence awards to encourage transformation

THIS year’s Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards, which recognises the immense contribution of the tourism industry in Fiji, has been launched. ANZ FETA promotes excellence by bringing together industry members to recognise and celebrate achievements within the tourism sector. According to awards chairman Bill Whiting, this season encourages and recognises hotels and tourism operators who...

Tonga evaluating strength of anti-money laundering laws

NUKU’ALOFA, 15 AUGUST 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – Tonga’s ability to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism is being scrutinised. The acting Attorney-General ‘Aminiasi Kefu said the project is being carried out by the government and the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering. The move comes eight years after the last evaluation, which found...

Fiji to launch employment policy at month-end

THE National Employment Policy (NEP) will be launched at the end of the month. This after its implementation was endorsed last week by the Government. Fiji’s Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate in a Government statement issued today said the purpose of the NEP was to identify and implement ways to improve...

InterContinental appoints culinary talent David Bell as executive chef

THE luxurious InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa in Natadola Bay is further elevating its dining experiences and signalling an exciting journey of culinary delights. This comes as the resort recently appointed culinary talent David Bell to the position of executive chef, promising new innovative dishes that reflect local and sustainable ingredients. Chef Bell brings...

TLTB and Denarau landowners agree to share documents

A SETTLEMENT has been done in court today between the landowners who own the Denarau land on which two major resorts are built on and the iTaukei Land Trust Board. Three hundred and forty-five landowners own the land on which Sheraton Fiji Resort and Spa and Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa sit on and...

Consumer watchdogs call for vigilance at Hibiscus

THE Consumer Council of Fiji has urged customers to be vigilant and exercise caution when purchasing items during the Hibiscus festival. In a statement, the Council stated that complaints in the past had ranged from poorly-cooked meals, unhygienic food practices and faulty foods. The council has a booth set up at the festival and consumers...

Pohiva says ‘slow down’ on Chinese loans

APIA, 15 AUGUST 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – Tonga’s Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has cautioned Pacific Island nations, saying they should “slow down” asking China for loans. Speaking on the sidelines of the one-day Forum Foreign Ministers conference in Apia last Friday, the Prime Minister told Samoa Observer in an exclusive interview that the debts that...

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