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Fiji trade delegation eyes PNG market

PNG has the biggest economy and consumer base in the Pacific, apart from Australia and New Zealand.    

It was revealed during the formal bilateral meeting between Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru, and Fiji’s Minister for Public Enterprises, Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya that a Fiji trade delegation will visit PNG.

The leaders meeting was held last week in Suva with trade and investment as the main point of discussion.

Polye brands removal of Aussies as detrimental

“There is more to the orders to remove the advisers than meets the eye,’’ says Opposition Leader Don Polye.

“We understand the Prime Minister has a hidden motive for the removal of 33 advisers seconded to the public service,” he said.

He has taken a swipe at Mr O’Neill, describing it as a diplomatic blow to Australia and its adverse impacts which may affect the country.

“The advisers not only add values to the local public service with their expertise and experience but also help strengthen its capacity.

‘Spies’ get PNG marching orders

In a substantial blow to diplomatic relations between Australia and its former colony, PNG has gone ahead with a threat to end contracts for foreigners brought in to the nation’s public service.

There had been 33 Australian public servants seconded to various PNG departments including officials from the Tax Office, Customs, the Auditor-General, the Ombudsman, Treasury and Finance.

PNG falls behind in world league rankings

It is the worst it has been for the code which is considered the national sport in the country.

PNG, which was usually in the top five in past years, has dropped out of sight and now sits at number 14, plunging three place from 11th spot out of 35 countries in the new  RLIF World Rankings issued recently.

Indonesia warns other countries to respect its sovereignty over Papua

  Yamizard Ryacudu said Indonesia had “never disrupted or caused disruptions in other countries” and it expected the same of other nations regarding Papua and its long-running independence movement.

“There are countries that are getting involved in the issue of Papua. For us, Papua is [part] of the united Republic of Indonesia. The united Republic of Indonesia extends from Sabang [in Sumatra] to Papua. There is no other solution, that’s it, that’s the way it is,” Ryacudu said in Sydney on Monday.

Australian official to officiate at DWU ceremony

In an official program circulated through email to the former DWU students, it says the Polish Consul in Sydney Ms Regina Jurkowska will give her speech followed by the keynote address by Ms Moules.

The programs says the blessing and dedication will start at 9am in Sir Peter Barter Auditorium where DWU President Fr Jan Czuba will give his welcome address  in the presence of former DWU students who have been part and parcel of DWU since its establishment.

Australia launches new agriculture program for PNG

This program will provide practical assistance to the public and private sectors to increase the export of horticulture and agricultural produce to regional and international markets.

It will also help increase domestic agricultural production and export for those living in rural areas.

Australia’s High Commissioner Counsellor Rod Hilton says Australia’s development partnership with PNG is increasing assistance for private sector led economic growth in PNG to create jobs and reduce poverty.

Activities under the PHAMA

Christmas Island detainees in 'stand-off' over Iranian refugee's death

One detainee is receiving medical treatment following a riot at the facility.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said it was hoped order would be restored in the coming hours.

Weather devastated provinces to get Aussie aid

PNG will get a $5 million package to:

·         improve food security for about  500,000 people by providing seed stock for drought resistant crops; 

·         determine water and sanitation needs across at least six provinces in partnership with non-government organisations (NGOs);

·         support vulnerable groups including children, women and the elderly through church health services;

New Zealand beat Australia to retain Rugby World Cup

Wonderful tries from Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ma'a Nonu had given the All Blacks a 21-3 lead early in the second half before David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani struck back.

With 15 minutes to go there were just four points in it, but a nerveless long-distance drop-goal and penalty from Dan Carter snatched back control.

And when replacement Beauden Barrett sprinted away on to Ben Smith's clearing kick at the death history was made, with New Zealand also becoming the first three-time champions of the world.