BRIEFLY

Pacific meeting

NOUMEA – Representatives of the Pacific Community’s 26 members will meet at SPC headquarters in Noumea on July 27 for the Conference of the Pacific Community. This conference, held every two years, will be chaired by Philippe Germain, president of the New Caledonia Government.

Vocational training

APIA – More vocational skills training will soon be introduced to colleges in Samoa to cater for Year 12 and 13 students with low academic abilities. The training is provided under a three-year pilot project from the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture and the Manukau Institute of Technology in New Zealand.

OECD upgrade

The OECD has upgraded its rating of Nauru’s standards of tax transparency. This follows its earlier listing among 14 countries that failed to show they complied with international tax transparency standards. The OECD put the countries through a fast track process and Nauru was given a “largely compliant” rating.

Identity boost

As a cultural festival in New Zealand’s Hutt Valley continues to expand rapidly, there are hopes it can be used to connect Pacific youth and help strengthen their identity. From eight primary schools taking part six years ago, 43 primary and early childhood centres as well as seven colleges, took the stage during the 2017 Hutt Valley Polyfest.

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