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43rd Pacific Islands Forum opens in the Cook Islands

(Media release) Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 28/08/12 – The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum has officially opened in the Cook Islands capital Rarotonga with Forum Leaders being carried to the entrance of the National Auditorium, where the ceremony was held, on a Pa’ata ( a traditional platform) accompanied by their “adopted schools”. There were traditional challenges along … Continue reading

Pacific Trade Ministers meet in Tonga on regional issues

(Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat) Pacific ACP Trade Ministers gather in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, over the next two days to discuss a range of regional trade related issues. Their deliberations will form the basis for onward advice to Pacific ACP Leaders at their annual meeting in the Cook Islands later this month. “Let us not forget the … Continue reading

Pacific Investment Opportunities Promoted to the World

(Pacific Islands Forum) The Pacific continues to provide an ocean of opportunities for international investors. Launching the 2012 edition of “Investment Opportunities in the Pacific Islands” this week, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, remarked that investment opportunities found in the Pacific remain as diverse as the region itself. “Spread … 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

Forum Secretary General: Pacific cannot remain isolated from Asia

(Media release) Pacific countries cannot be left isolated from regional economic integration initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. This was the central message delivered by the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, at the 68th Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) currently … Continue reading

Pacific Islands and Papua, PALM previews

Highlights from the region’s media: Pacific Islands and Papua Vanuatu PM’s Office reveals stand on West Papua (Vanuatu Daily Post) Solomon Islands for West Papua group urges MSG leaders to act (Solomon Star) PALM previews and Japan/Pacific relations: Japan becoming ‘significant player’ in Pacific: academic (Radio Australia) Japan’s relationship with the Pacific overshadowed by US … 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

World Bank Group finds over 80 percent of Investment Promotion Agencies’ efforts falling short

(Media release) Even as countries compete to attract investments, 80 percent of national investment promotion agencies are failing to respond to investor inquiries in the key sectors of agribusiness and tourism, according to the World Bank Group’s Global Investment Promotion Best Practices 2012 report. The report assessing 189 economies’ responsiveness to investors finds that investment … Continue reading

Marshall Islands to host 2012 Forum Trade Ministers’ Meeting

(Media release) Trade Ministers from across the Pacific region will converge next Friday (11th May) in Majuro, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, for the 2012 Forum Trade Ministers’ Meeting (FTMM). The trade ministerial will be preceded by the 2012 Forum Trade Officials Meeting (FTOM) from 8th- 9th May, also in Majuro. … Continue reading

ADB forecasts slower growth for Pacific, Fiji to host Trade Pasifika, Confusion continues in CNMI

From the Asian Development Outlook report 2012: Pacific growth to slow to 6.0% in 2012 (ADB) Rising income inequality a threat to Asia’s growth, stability (The Star) Thailand’s 2012 GDP growth 5.5% (Bangkok Post) And in other news: Fiji to host Trade Pasifika expo 2012. Chinese buyers interested, Indonesian buyers will come (Fiji Times) CNMI’s … Continue reading



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