Pacific Islands

Social media for eBusiness program open for PNG

Business professionals from Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu graduated from the four-month professional development scholarship program.

Applications for the final cohort for business professionals in Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga opened yesterday Monday 4 July, 2022. Participation in the program is free, with each place valued at A$5,500 (appx. K12,000).

Relief For Pacific Exporters

This was a challenge that has only exacerbated as businesses across the region contend with the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and a myriad of interrelated social and economic pressures.

To support business recovery during this challenging time, PTI Australia launched the Packaging Support Initiative in early 2022 and has since seen over eighteen successful applicants receive the financial rebate.

PANG: Address Historic Nuclear Injustices In The Pacific

Their concerns were voiced after the first meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

In a statement released today, PANG calls on the Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which came into force in January last year, that they must prioritize and address the impacts of nuclear testing legacies on people and the environment in the Pacific Islands.

Outcry as China stops Pacific journalists questioning Wang Yi

The allegations raise serious press freedom concerns and alarm about the ability of Pacific journalists to do their jobs, particularly as the relationship between the region and China becomes closer.

Wang is midway through a marathon trip visiting eight countries in 10 days. He has held bilateral meetings in Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji to date, with trips to Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste to come.

2022 REO Climate Grants Announced

The grant support must be related to renewable energy, sustainable landscapes, including climate adaptation and resilience projects. 

Proposals should address the urgent need to accelerate climate action in line with the crucial goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

The US Embassy states that Renewable energy project activities focused on climate mitigation in the energy sector should include women beneficiaries and the need for greater women’s inclusion and leadership in the energy sector in substantive aspects of the project. 

COVID-19 and its likely impact on the tuna industry in the Pacific Islands

Approximately 60 percent of the raw material for the global tuna canning market comes from the WCPO. There are two reasons why COVID-19’s impact on the tuna industry should be monitored.

First, shelf-stable foods, such as canned tuna, have taken on a new level of significance for food security. Second, Pacific island countries are dependent on revenues from the licensing of fishing vessels.

Managed transit allows stranded New Zealand travellers to get home

“There are millions of people around the world stranded by COVID-19 and we are continuing to do our part to help them get home,” Mr Peters said. “Accordingly, Cabinet agreed yesterday that New Zealand would seek reciprocal transit arrangements with a number of countries to enable our citizens to transit each other’s airports.

“One barrier to New Zealanders getting home at present is the transit restrictions imposed by a number of countries. We continue to seek assistance from these countries to enable New Zealanders to transit through their airports in order to come home.

NZ declares war on coconut rhinoceros beetle in the Pacific

A new strain of the beetle, CRB-G, is resistant to traditional control methods, and the government said it could cause $US150 million dollars to be lost from the Pacific's coconut and palm oil industries every year.

CRB-G is established in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands where it is damaging palm trees.

New Zealand is contributing about $US11 million dollars to the fight, some of which will go to science institute AgResearch.

Once a stronghold, Taiwan's presence in the Pacific wanes

In just four days, Taiwan's diplomatic allies fell from 17 to 15, further isolating the island as Beijing aggressively courts the handful of countries that still recognise the government in Taipei.

The Pacific had been a stronghold of support for Taipei as its diplomatic allies steadily dwindled. Until this week, six countries in the region recognised Taiwan over China. But in terms of population, Solomon Islands and Kiribati were the biggest.

Auckland city kava bar hopes to win hearts and minds over drink

The drink - an earthy-tasting ground root which numbs muscles and has been used to treat anxiety and stress - has been used widely across the Pacific and among its diaspora for centuries.

But the West, commercial traction has been held back by a lack of education around Pacific culture and limited research into its effects, experts say. Although legal in New Zealand, kava imports been restricted in many Western jurisdictions, including parts of Australia.