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What can the Pacific learn from the EU Parliament vote against Norway’s decision to advance deep-sea mining

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Op Ed by Maureen Penjueli On February the 7th, the European Union (EU) Parliament voted against Norway’s recent decision to advance deep-sea mining in the Arctic by reaffirming its moratorium position and called for the European Commission and its member states to promote an international moratorium on deep-sea mining. Here in the Pacific, on the 13th of February the...

Vanuatu and PNG to play intercontinental friendlies in new FIFA Series pilot project in March

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In line with the Strategic Objectives for the Global Game: 2023-2027 and following on from the decision taken by the FIFA Council in December 2022, FIFA will implement the pilot phase of the FIFA Series during the upcoming Men’s International Match Calendar window in March 2024. From the Oceania Football Confederation, the men’s teams from Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea...

DG Okonjo-Iweala urges trade ministers’ coalition to boost climate action through the WTO

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At the 25 February meeting of the Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala welcomed high-level officials’ efforts and leadership to boost their actions to address climate change. The meeting of the coalition, which counts Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Morocco as the newest members, was held at the margins of the WTO’s 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13)...

Vanuatu MPs expects to receive up to VT1M for referendum ‘Yes’ campaign, based on work plans

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Vanuatu Members of Parliament (MPs) are expected to receive financial support of up to VT1 million (US$ 8,343) each to strengthen and support the National Referendum 'Yes' campaign. This was confirmed by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Johnny Koanapo, adding that this fund is part of the VT350 million (US$2.9 million) appropriated by Parliament for referendum awareness efforts. Koanapo explained that...

Fiji chairs ACP Group Ministerial Meeting at WTO M13

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Fiji had the honour of chairing the African, Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) Group Ministerial Meeting on the eve of the 13th World Trade Organisation - WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13) in Abu Dhabi. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Co-operatives, SMEs and Communication, Manoa Kamikamica, as Chair of the meeting, facilitated discussions on the ACP’s interests and priorities...

Feleti Teo elected unopposed as Tuvalu’s new Prime Minister

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Feleti Teo secured the position of Tuvalu’ new Prime Minister without facing any opposition Monday. He was elected to the Parliament of Tuvalu after the 2024 general election in January. Tuvalu MP Simon Kofe took to Twitter to announce the unprecedented development, expressing congratulations to Feleti Teo. Kofe highlighted that it marked the first instance in Tuvalu's history where a Prime Minister...

Regional tuna expert sounds caution in developing seabed mining

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By Richard Naidu Leading Pacific tuna industry expert, Dr Transform Aqorau, has drawn from the region’s experiences with its massive tuna fisheries industry to sound caution in the development of the “next frontier” of deep seabed mining. Speaking at the Fiji National University in Suva last week, Dr Aqorau said while the potential for economic benefits from seabed minerals is...

Pacific Groups join global call for WTO to target big fishing fleets

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Pacific civil society groups have joined others from around the world in an open letter calling on trade negotiators at this week's World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial to ensure that any outcome on fisheries subsidies targets those fleets most responsible for overfishing, protects small-scale fishers and doesn't stop small-island stated from developing their own fishing fleets. The WTO Ministeral starts...

Deepening the Partnership between the Pacific Islands and the IMF

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Op-ed by Bo Li and Marshall Mills Pacific Island countries are renowned the world over for their unique geography, populations, cultures, and way of life. This uniqueness presents myriad opportunities to boost growth and wellbeing. It also exposes these countries to distinctive challenges. For the past three decades, the IMF has been engaged in the Pacific Islands region on...

Bring vote of no confidence motion in May: PNG PM Marape

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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape says the Opposition is more than welcome to attempt a vote of no confidence (VONC) against him when Parliament resumes in May. Parliament rose Thursday and adjourned to May, acting speaker Koni Iguan said the motion of no confidence against Marape did not qualify to be listed on the notice paper. Marape denied that...

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Traditional leaders gather in Fiji to discuss the Pacific Traditional Leaders Forum 2024

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Fiji’s Deputy PM Kamikamica outlines priorities at WTO Conference

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