Forests and palm oil

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Log demand threatens PNG animals, Tonga signs MOU with China, Papua violence concerns

Highlights from the region’s media: Asian demand for logs a threat to PNG native animals: Study (Radio Australia) Tonga signs MOU for two new planes from China (Radio and TV Tonga/Pacnews) Cook Islands looks to China for health cooperation (Cook Islands News) Activists and army clash in troubled West Papua (Sydney Morning Herald) Indonesian military … Continue reading

China may widen market for Pacific fish, Fiji to review East Timor anti-corruption measures, PALM updates

Regional headlines: China market offer, domestic investments impress Pacific island fisheries official (Marianas Variety)  Fiji to review East Timor’s anti-corruption measures (Fiji Times) Tonga fisheries puts three-year ban on sea cucumber: most exported to Asia (Matangi Tonga) Vanuatu justifies increased dealings with Indonesia (Pacific Scoop) Pacific Trade and Invest offices comes under scrutiny (Pacnews) Japanese … Continue reading

World Bank says Pacific growth impressive but slowing, Asian growth robust

Highlights from the region’s media: Impressive, but slowing Pacific growth: World Bank (Radio Australia) World Bank Tips Robust Asian Growth; Europe Poses Risks (Wall St Journal) Linking for growth in PNG (Oxford Business Group) Kiribati gets solar power boost from Japan (Radio New Zealand International) PNG Governor urges Indonesia to recognise rights of West Papuans … Continue reading

Protestors arrested for anti-Indonesia demonstrations in Vanuatu, CNMI ‘Permanent residents’ still in limbo

Highlights from the region’s media: Protestors arrested in Vanuatu for anti-Indonesia demonstration  (Radio New Zealand International) CNMI ‘Permanent Residents’ seek recognized immigration status (Saipan Tribune) Opinion: Kill the forestry bill and save an important bilateral relationship: Australia-Indonesia ties at risk (The Australian) Air Pacific/Fiji Airways signs new strategic partners (Media release) Australia and PNG meet … Continue reading

PNG Marine Industrial Zone on track, Regional survey predicts declining exports, economic growth

Highlights from the region’s media: PNG’s Pacific Marine Industrial Zone project on schedule: Abel (The National) Declining exports likely to dampen economic growth of Pacific Islands, reveals UN-ESCAP survey (The Jet newspaper)   Police to stop arms smuggling throughput PNG (Post Courier) Australian DFAT wants diplomats in more nations, including Thailand and Tuvalu (Pacnews) International … Continue reading

Korea explores Fiji seafloor, Palau Airways starts direct flights to Taipei

Highlights from the region’s media: Korea first to explore Fiji’s seafloor for mineral wealth (Radio Australia) Palau Airways starts direct flights between Koror and Taipei, looking at other destinations including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Australia (Taipei Times) Allegedly Illegal logging shut-down in PNG: Malaysian and Indonesian workers in custody (PNG Post Courier) … Continue reading

US marines begin training in Tinian, Tongan King opens new hospital, Coral Triange nations want financial aid

Highlights from the region’s media: US marines to begin training in Tinian (Radio New Zealand International) Tongan King opens new hospital partly funded by Japan (Matangi Tonga) Philippine central bank sees less need to support growth (The Star) Nations seek financial aid to protect Coral Triangle (Gulf Today) Indonesia challenges U.S. palm-oil policy (Xinhua) A … Continue reading

PNG politicians invest in Cairns, Coral Triangle PPP plan opposed

Highlights from the region’s media: PNG politicians invest millions in Cairns, Asian holdings also high (Post Courier) Coral Triangle privatisation plan opposed (Manila Bulletin) Fiji stands by decision to increase annual tuna harvest  (Fiji Times) Malaysian subsidiary, Timbers PNG’s licence no longer valid: Namah (The National) One death reported after Papua rallies to mark Indonesian … Continue reading

Fisheries ministers meet in PNG, Fiji pine shipment unused and at Japanese port

Highlights from the region’s media: Pacific fisheries ministers meet to discuss key marine issues (The National) Chinese fisheries can invest millions in PNA countries (Post Courier) West Papuans claim leadership on Indonesian military hit-list (Radio New Zealand International) Fiji pine chip shipment sits unused  in Japanese port  (Fiji Times) Trigana Air urged to resume services … Continue reading

Guam buildup-leaders weigh in, PNG MP wants law on Papua refugees relaxed

Highlights from today’s regional media U.S. Bill reaffirms Guam buildup: After latest DOD announcement, leaders weigh in (Guam PDN) Talisman to invest more in PNG, Apo Coffee to expand (NBC/PACNEWS) PNG MP wants laws on West Papua refugees relaxed (The National) Japanese Investors Eye Pozzolan Mining On CNMI’s Pagan, company also proposes tsunami waste recycling, … Continue reading



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