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Continued structural reforms vital for Samoa’s economic recovery: IMF

(Media release) IMF Executive Board Concludes 2012 Article IV Consultation with Samoa On June 15, 2012, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Samoa.1 Background The Samoan economy continues to recover, but the rebound has been weak. After two consecutive years of contraction, real GDP expanded by … Continue reading

Micronesia’s future between the China and the US, Chinese company plans Samoa resort

Headlines from the region’s media: Analysis: Micronesia’s future between China and the US (Scott Leis @ East Asia Forum) Chinese company plans major resort in Samoa (Radio New Zealand International) Indonesian govt has comprehensive design on Papua (Antara) American Samoa may use Manila hospitals for medical referrals (Radio New Zealand International) Illegal fishing from Indonesian, … Continue reading

Papua unrest intensifies, noni juice exports to China hailed, Rio+20 preview

Highlights from the region’s media: Riots in Indonesia’s Papua after independence activist killed (Reuters) Bottled noni juice exports to China hailed by Samoa growers (Radio New Zealand International) American Samoa’s Faleomavaega worried about more Papua bloodshed (Radio New Zealand International) Blue economy’ theme urges Rio+20 to consider Pacific needs (Pacnews) Former Fiji Foreign Minister calls … Continue reading

CNMI foreign workers status still in flux, China envoy visits MSG, PNG at Indonesia naval symposium

Highlights from the region’s media: Over 8,000 foreign employees in CNMI uncertain of work status (Saipan Tribune) Bill drafted to give residency status to foreign workers in CNMI (Radio New Zealand International) WB urges developing countries to strengthen domestic fundamentals, to weather global economic turmoil (World Bank) China Special Envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum … Continue reading

North Korea delegation visits Fiji, Vanuatu’s PR program nets VT30m in China, Tahiti signs China aquaculture deal

Highlights from the region’s media: North Korea delegation visit Fiji today (Fiji Sun) Vanuatu’s Permanent Residency programme in China earns government Vt30 million (Vanuatu Daily Post) Tahiti President signs huge aquaculture deal with Chinese company(Radio New Zealand International) Chairman of Vanuatu Citizenship Commission arrested (Radio Australia) Solomons union calls for investigation of RIPEL Chairman(Solomon Times) … 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

UNCTAD XIII: Pacific Ministers contribute to strong UN trade and development conference outcome

(Media release) Pacific Islands Forum Ministers and other high-level representatives participated in the 13th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII) held last month in Doha, Qatar. The theme of the conference was ‘Development–Centred Globalisation: Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Growth and Development’. UNCTAD XIII was attended by 5000 participants from the organisation’s 194 … 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

Samoa to become 155th member of the WTO next week

(Media release) The World Trade Organisation (WTO) will welcome Samoa as its 155th member on 10 May 2012. WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said: “I look forward to working with both Samoa and Montenegro become full and active members of the global trading system. Last week, the South Eastern European republic of Montenegro was welcomed as … 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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