- Sports News : PNG Government pays K1m for athletes levy fees for Pacific Games [17/04/2019 - Papua New Guinea]
- Sports News : Hero of Nantes on hand to develop the next generation of Fiji stars [17/04/2019 - Fiji]
- Sports News : Oceania Rugby U20s championship to be streamed live [17/04/2019 - Australia]
- News Feature : Young Fiji feminist election to CIVICUS board a huge achievement: FCOSS [17/04/2019 - Fiji]
- Business News : Thousands to benefit from stronger, Sustainable fisheries in Tonga under a US$10 million grant [17/04/2019 - Tonga]
- Business News : Eight percent threshold for Samoa National Provident Fund contributors’ annual dividend [17/04/2019 - Samoa]
- News : Mouth cancer epidemic hits US-affiliated islands [17/04/2019 - Marshall Islands]
- News : PNC party stable and intact, says PM O’Neill [17/04/2019 - Papua New Guinea]
- News Feature : CTI Seminar report out! Promoting humane laws and practices in the Pacific [17/04/2019 - Fiji]
- News Feature : Documentary focuses on challenges of parenting in the smart age [17/04/2019 - Fiji]
- Business News : May 3 Protest will go ahead says Fiji Trades Union Congress [17/04/2019 - Fiji]
- News : Tonga's Supreme Court rejects Tongasat appeal [17/04/2019 - Tonga]
- Sponsored : Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC)
President Tsai Ing-wen will embark on a visit to three Pacific allies Thursday, a trip that will include a stopover in Hawaii on her way home, according to the itinerary released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
Tsai will visit Palau, Nauru, and the Marshall Islands from March 21 to 28 on her sixth overseas trip since taking office in May 2016.
She will visit Palau from March 21 to 23 and Nauru on March 24 and 25 before arriving in the Marshall Islands on March 26 for the first-ever Pacific Women Leaders' Coalition Conference, to be held March 26-27, the MOFA said.
Tsai will fly to Hawaii from the Marshall Islands on March 27, and is scheduled to return to Taiwan on March 28.
She will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung and Icyang Parod, head of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, as well as several lawmakers, the ministry said.
During the eight-day trip, Tsai will deliver speeches at the Parliament of Nauru and the Pacific Women Leaders' Coalition Conference.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Office unveiled Tuesday the gifts prepared by Tsai for her counterparts in the three Pacific allies. They include an oil painting, titled “Life in Endless Succession,” by Miru Hayung, an artist from Taiwan's aboriginal Atayal tribe.
Intended as a gift for Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., the painting depicts cultural identification and the sustainable fishing practices of the Atayal people, said Chang Wen-lan, head of the Presidential Office's Department of Public Affairs.
The gift prepared for Nauru President Baron Divavesi Waqa, who is passionate about music, is a guitar made of driftwood from the flooding triggered by Typhoon Morakot in southern Taiwan in August 2009.
The “wild guitar” was crafted as a reminder of nature's power, Chang said.
Another item made of driftwood created by Amis artist Iyo Kacaw, called "Seed Lamp," has been prepared for Tsai to present to Nauruan Parliament Speaker Cyril Buraman when she delivers a speech in Nauru's parliament.
Tsai will present Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine a rush-woven artwork that depicts the deep love that exists between a mother and her daughter, Chang said.
Heine is the first female president of a Pacific island nation.
Pacific Islands News Association
Who & What is PINA?
International News Safety Institute (INSI)
Media Helping Media