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Papua update, Fiji mine investment should strengthen ties with China, Vanuatu to join WTO

Highlights from the region’s media: Papua killing raises pressure on Indonesians (Radio New Zealand International) Mining company to invest F$75 million in Fiji iron project, should strengthen Fiji-China links (Fiji Live) Nauru asks Japan to help rebuild main quay (Radio New Zealand International) Vanuatu Ambassador announces country’s acceptance into WTO (Vanuatu Daily Post) Guam needs … 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

$8.6B for Guam military buildup, Beijing’s reach widens in Pacific Islands

Highlights from the weekend’s media: U.S. to remove 9,000 Marines from Japanese island of Okinawa to Guam, other Asia-Pacific locations (USA Today) $8.6B for Guam buildup: Island will get 5,000 Marines; training in CNMI (Guam PDN) U.S. pleased by agreement to relocate 9,000 marines off Okinawa (Xinhua)  China Seeks to Star in South Pacific : … Continue reading

Japan eyes CNMI for tsunami debris, Korean Institute to invest in Fiji seafloor exploration, Controversial Chinese fishermen home from Palau

Highlights from the region’s media: Japan firm eyes CNMI’s northern Islands for tsunami – debris dump (Marianas Variety) Korean Institute to invest US$31 million in seafloor exploration in Fiji (Fiji Live) Palau, China at odds over shoot-out incident (Radio New Zealand International) 25 Chinese fishermen detained in Palau arrive home (Xinhua) Tonga looking for closer … Continue reading

Thai/Philippines venture to invest US$25m in PNG, Freeport under pressure, Nauru option ‘savaged’

Headlines from the region’s media: Asian-PNG fishing company to invest $US25million in PNG plant, vessels (Post Courier) Stranded Filipino fishermen to be repatriated from PNG (Post Courier) Freeport feels pressure to build underground facility (Jakarta Globe) Former Australian Immigration head savages Nauru refugee detention centre option (Radio Australia) Malaysian export growth in January slowest since … Continue reading

Freeport suspends Papua mining, PNG to review mining act

News headlines from around the region: Freeport suspends Papua mining following fights amongst workers (Radio Australia) US$30 billion initial deposit in PNG Sovereign Wealth Fund (Post Courier) Governor Calvo puts Guam issues on the national stage:Efforts to get a visa-waiver program for Chinese visitors highlighted (Pacific Daily News) PNG to review mining act, increase landowner … Continue reading

Indonesia, PNG perform poorly in mining survey, Bainimarama slams Rudd

Highlights from the region’s media: Indonesian, PNG perform poorly in Fraser Institute’s global survey of mining companies (Mineweb) Pacific proved foreign to minister Kevin Rudd: Fiji’s PM Bainimarama Opened way to China and others (Graham Davis at Grubsheet) SBY Tells Diplomats to Push Indonesia’s Palm Oil Agenda (Jakarta Globe) IMF expects Thailand economy to rebound … Continue reading

Pacific Islands Forum dates confirmed

The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum and related meetings will be held from 27 – 31 August 2012 in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands. Continue reading

Best Indonesian cities for doing business, PNG ‘mutiny’ update, Thai CPI rise

Same Indonesian cities on top in business ease survey (Jakarta Globe) Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Balikpapan and Bandung ahead PNG mutiny leader released on bail (The National) Thailand’s CPI for January rises by 3.38% (Bangkok Post) Overfishing dangers for Pacific Islands (Radio Australia) Samoa Immigration orders Chinese businessman to leave country (Radio New Zealand International) PNG – … Continue reading

Asia Pacific visitor arrivals climb by 6%

International arrivals to Asia Pacific destinations climbed by a collective +6% year-on-year in October and November 2011, according to figures from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). This momentum is expected to continue for the rest of the year, paving the way for an expected full-year arrivals gain of +5-6% in 2011, above the global growth figure of +4%. Continue reading



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