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Cervical Cancer makes PIF agenda

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Cervical Cancer affects about 50 percent of women in the Pacific and as such it is one of the key topics to be discussed at the 45TH Pacific Island Forum (PIF) meeting.

Bainimarama not attending PIF

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Pacific Leaders back PIDF idea

Marshall Islands Foreign Affairs Minister Tony de Brum said the Pacific needed the PIDF because the former South Pacific Commission set up to look after the Pacific couldn't do so because of influence from donors such as US and UK.

He said donors gave funds with strings attached and it prevented regional organisations from doing what they were initially set up for. This, he said, had happened again to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and there was a need to have the PIDF.

PIDF to sign Suva Declaration on climate change

He says he had hoped Australia would have done better in its target of reducing emissions by between 26 and 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

"I have a simple message today for the Australian Prime Minister: Mr Abbott, it is time to put the welfare and survival of your Pacific Island neighbours before the expansion of your existing coal industry and your continuing reliance on this dirtiest of energy sources. The other day, the President of Kiribati, His Excellency Anote Tong, described Australia's loyalty to coalmines as selfish and I couldn't agree more."

Council wants more Fijian businesses in PNG

There are about eight Fijian businesses currently in PNG.

PNG/Fiji Business Council Chair Nauzab Fareed says they want others to follow suit.

“If they have a clear manufacturing or business plan, I’m sure that they can go to PNG and take it to the next level. During the last 12 months we have assisted at least three to four firms to explore the PNG market and to understand whether it is possible for them to make investments’’.

ADB President pledges expanded support for Fiji and Pacific Islands

On his first official visit to Fiji,  Nakao also called on Attorney General and Finance Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. Discussions focused on ways ADB can further enhance its support for Fiji to meet its development priorities.    

Nakao’s programme also included a visit to the ADB-supported Kinoya wastewater treatment plant near Suva and an official address at the University of the South Pacific (USP), where he discussed potential opportunities and policy priorities for Pacific island countries.

Fiji-PNG Business Council AGM

Council President, Nouzab Fareed, has invited all financial members to attend the AGM which will be followed by a network event.

“This meeting is an opportunity to discuss our performance over the past year, celebrate our main achievements, election of office bearers and plan for the future,” Fareed said.

Fareed will take advantage of the presence of all members to discuss moving the council forward in terms of creating more opportunities and strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

Pacific countries discuss options for deep sea minerals

Effective management of this revenue will be critical to ensure that long term benefits are realised.

Through the European Union Deep Sea Minerals Project, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is partnering with the International Monetary Fund and the Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre to hold a workshop in Nadi this week (24-27 August) that focuses on the management of revenue emanating from deep sea minerals development.

MSG Trade and Economic Meetings in Fiji

The meetings are being held at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi, Fiji. 

Senior officials and representatives from Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will be in attendance as part of talks towards a new and more comprehensive trade agreement - MSGTA3 – that will now include Trade in Services, and new chapters such as Labour Mobility, Investment, and Telecommunications. 

MSG Leaders have directed that a draft legal text of the trade agreement must be ready by November 2015.

The meetings include: 

Next tier of Pacific rugby nations Oceania Cup

Cook Islands won the biennial event two years ago but will not defend their title, choosing to focus their limited resources on November's Olympic Sevens Qualifier.

Newcomers American Samoa open proceedings against Solomon Islands at Sir Hubert Murray Stadium, followed by hosts Papua New Guinea against Tahiti, in the first round of matches.

The General Manager of Rugby PNG, Frank Genia, says pride and silverware aren't the only things on up for grabs.

PNG and Fiji rugby league champions to play off for Melanesian honours

Following in the footsteps of the World Club Challenge, long contested by NRL and Super League clubs, the premiers of PNG and Fiji's national leagues will now play off for a regional title. 

The match will take place at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby on Saturday 10 October 2015 at 7pm.