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Investment act 2020 to help Fiji’s economic recovery post-pandemic

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The approvals process for foreign and domestic investment proposals is set to become more business-friendly following reforms spearheaded by the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport (MCTTT) to streamline Fiji’s investment regulatory framework. Fiji’s Investment Act 2020 will increase the country’s ability to attract foreign and domestic investment across key sectors, with the aim of generating foreign exchange, knowledge...

Samoan weightlifter Iuniarra Sipaia through to Olympics

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Samoan weightlifter Iuniarra Sipaia has confirmed her spot in the Tokyo Olympics next month and says she is honored to be representing the country. Sipaia told the Samoa Observer in an interview on Tuesday that she felt honored and privileged to be attending her first ever Olympics and is hopeful of snatching a gold medal in her category. SWA Samoa Weightlifting...

Māori All Blacks squad for series against Manu Samoa named

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Māori All Blacks Coach Clayton McMillan has named a settled squad ahead of their two-match series against Manu Samoa. It will be the first time the sides have met since 2008, with matches at Sky Stadium in Wellington (June 26) and an exciting double header alongside the All Blacks and Tonga at Mt Smart in Auckland (July 3). The squad features...

Vanuatu keeps up with the World of E-Commerce and Digital Trade

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COVID-19 has not only decimated Pacific Island economies, it has also catapulted to the fore the urgent need to move towards digital economies and the importance of e-commerce if we are to be on par with the rest of the world. A report released by UNCTAD early May 2021 stated the “dramatic rise in e-commerce amid movement restrictions induced by...

Several cases of COVID-19 vaccines being made mandatory in the Pacific raises questions over legality and morality

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Several cases of COVID-19 vaccines being made mandatory in the Pacific raises questions over legality and morality There have been reports in various Pacific countries of workers being forced to get the COVID-19 vaccination if they want to keep their jobs. It has triggered debate around people's individual rights and workplace health and safety. Fiji-based constitutional lawyer Jon Apted says that Fiji's...

Former Vanuatu Speaker explains resignation

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Former Vanuatu Speaker of Parliament, Gracia Shadrack has issued a statement explaining the reasons for his resignation. “There has been unrelenting challenge by the Government side against my ability to hold office as the Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Vanuatu,” he stated. “This is a role I have held in earnest with dedication to ensuring the proper discharge...

Samoa caretaker PM and AG absent for contempt of Court citation

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The non-appearance of the Samoa caretaker Prime Minister and the Attorney General in a case where they are cited for contempt of Court was raised when the matter was called this week. Lawyer Matafeo George Latu acting for the appellant - the Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party - said the matter at its outset is a...

New Vanuatu Police Commissioner appointed

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Vanuatu President Obed Moses Tallis, has appointed Colonel Robson Iavro as the Commissioner of Police. The instrument of appointment was signed by the President on 11 June. Order No. 75 of 2021 stated that the President made the appointment in exercise of the powers given to him to undertake such task under the Police Act (CAP 105). Colonel Iavro is a...

Australian Defence Force to fund $175 million major upgrade for PNG’s naval base on Manus Island

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An Australian company has been awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to redevelop Papua New Guinea's main naval base on Manus Island. Clough was announced as the head contractor for the Lombrum Naval Base upgrade, which is expected to cost up to $175 million(US$134 million). The head of Papua New Guinea's Defence Force, Major General Gilbert Toropo, said the upgrade would significantly improve...

PNG National Fisheries Authority ready to implement Pacific Marine Industrial Zone

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The Papua New Guinea Government is ready to implement the giant economic Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) Project that ‘will transform PNG as a coastal state to a fully-fledged fishing State. Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Dr Lino Tom convened a meeting in Madang recently to present to the Treasury Department and the Madang Provincial Government the fisheries potential...

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