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‘We have to’: Aust PM throws support behind PNG earning 18th NRL team as Pasifika plan revealed

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has thrown his support behind an NRL team in Papua New Guinea, and floated expansion into the Pacific region as well. It comes amid suggestions PNG could combine with Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands and Fiji to allow a Pasifika team to become the NRL’s 18th. The Australian PM met with PNG counterpart James Marape, among...

51st Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Communique 2022

The Fifty-First (51st) Pacific Islands Forum was held in Suva, Fiji from 11 – 14 July 2022, and was attended by the Heads of State, Government, and Territories of Australia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, the Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu. French Polynesia was represented at Vice...

Chair of the Tuvalu Broadcasting Corporation wins Nanumaga by-election

Chairman of the Tuvalu Broadcasting Corporation ( TVBC) Board of Directors is the successful candidate for the other Nanumaga seat in the House of Parliament. Reverend Dr Kitiona Tausi received 240 votes in the Nanumaga by-election held Friday. Acting Secretary to Government – Dr Tufoua Panapa when announcing the results of the By-election for Nanumaga, congratulated Rev Tausi for being elected...

Forum Leaders endorse the Suva Agreement

By Pita Ligaiula The Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting has ended in Fiji with the endorsement of the Suva Agreement. This was confirmed by the Forum Chair and Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during a press conference at the Forum Secretariat in Suva. Bainimarama said the leaders recognised the Suva Agreement as a political commitment to reform the Pacific Islands Forum...

Cook Islands: “Uphold the decision making process of our Forum leaders”

By Nic Maclellan The Cook Islands representative to the Pacific Islands Forum, Tepaeru Herrmann says they respect Kiribati’s decision to withdraw from the Forum, but that upholding the decision to appoint former Henry Puna to the Secretary-General’s position is of great importance. Prime Minister Mark Brown is preparing for national elections on 01 August, so Cook Islands’ representative at the...

PNG hands over Chairmanship of Melanesian Spearhead Group to Vanuatu

The Special Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders Summit successfully concluded Wednesday with the handing over of the MSG Chairmanship from Papua New Guinea to Vanuatu in a moving ceremony in Fiji. The Summit was attended by Fiji's Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama; Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare; Vanuatu Prime Minister, Bob Loughman, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, James Marape and...

Telstra completes $2.4b Digicel deal

Telstra has completed its acquisition of Digicel Pacific on behalf of the federal government, which funded the majority of the US$1.6 billion (AUD$2.4 billion) purchase price out of fears Beijing could pick up the assets and use it to spy on Australia and its closest neighbours. Telstra contributed just US$270 million to the deal, and said the tax dispute with...

Forum chair welcomes U.S support on Tuna Treaty

By Pita Ligaiula Fijian Prime Minister and Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Voreqe Bainimarama has welcomed the United States renewed engagement to the region by pledging an assistance of US$60 million on Tuna Treaty in next 10 years, a total of US$600 million. The Tuna Treaty Agreement funding was announced Wednesday by U.S Vice President Kamala Harris during her...

Pacific island leaders welcome U.S. pledge to triple funding for region

Pacific island leaders welcomed a pledge by the United States to triple aid to the region to combat illegal fishing, enhance maritime security and tackle climate change, after decades of stagnant U.S funding. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, in a video address to the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva on Wednesday, said U.S funding for Pacific islands would be tripled...

Kiribati ‘cooking something with China’ – former Kiribati president

Former Kiribati president Anote Tong suspects a major agreement is “cooking” between Beijing and Tarawa after the country's decision to quit the Pacific Islands Forum. Kiribati President Taneti Maamau's “surprise” announcement to abandon its membership from the region's premier policy and political body at the 51st Forum Leaders' meeting this week has heightened concerns the Micronesian nation is moving closer...

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