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Tonga- recovering but still vulnerable: IMF

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2012 Article IV Consultation with Tonga (Media release) On May 16, 2012, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Tonga.1 Background Tonga’s economy is recovering gradually from the effects of the global slowdown and the domestic credit crunch, thanks to the pickup in … Continue reading

Philippines eyes hike in Pacific fish haul, Indonesia still seeking Tjandra, PNG fines Chinese logging ship

Highlights from the region’s media: Philippines Fisheries bureau eyes hike in fish catch in Pacific (Sun Star) Indonesian still seeking Joko Tjandra, waiting for PNG poll result before pursuing diplomatic channels (Post Courier)  Chinese logging ship fined K50,000 for fisheries breach(PNG Post Courier) Julie Bishop on the Pacific, PNG and Australian aid (Development Policy Centre) … Continue reading

PNG election updates, Vanuatu ready to join WTO, PNG’s participation at APEC ‘poor’

Highlights from the region’s media: Delays and fraud allegations lead to voter frustration in PNG (Radio Australia) Poll fuels illegal trade between PNG and Indonesia (The National) Guam, CNMI discuss joint efforts to promote destination Marianas (Marianas Visitors Authority) Vanuatu ready to join WTO (Radio Australia) PNG’s participation at APEC poor: Chief Secretary Zurenuoc (The … Continue reading

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

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

Japan keen to keep PNG investment, China a ‘better friend’ to Samoa than US

Highlights from the region’s media: Japan keen to increase PNG investment (Post Courier) China a better Pacific friend than US: Samoan PM (Radio Australia) Early days for China in Papua New Guinea (The Australian) No concern in China’s PNG funding, says Australian academic (Radio Australia) Solomons MPs don’t account for Taiwanese Development Fund spending(Solomon Star) … 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

Philippines fishing in Pacific Islands region still limited, Fiji invites Japan PM to visit, Chinese nationals caught with guns in PNG

Highlights from the region’s media: WCPFC Director: Only High Sea Pocket 1* is open to the Philippines’ tuna fleet Pocket 1 covers Palau, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia, areas closest to the Philippines where local tuna fishing companies frequently operate. (Atuna.com) Fijian leader invites Japanese PM to Fiji (Fiji Sun) Japan rejection could cool … 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

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