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Japan to send minister to Solomons over China security pact fears

Japan will send a vice foreign minister to the Solomon Islands possibly later this month due to concerns that a security pact between the southwest Pacific nation and China will increase Beijing's military influence in the region, government sources said Thursday. The visit by Shingo Miyake, a parliamentary vice minister for foreign affairs, comes as China and the Solomon Islands...

SPREP appoints Directors for Environmental Monitoring and Governance and Waste Management & Pollution Control Programmes

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) announced two senior appointments to the Directors for its Environmental Monitoring and Governance (EMG) Programme and the Waste Management and Pollution Control (WMPC) Programme. Jope Davetanivalu is appointed the Director of the EMG while Faumuina Anthony Talouli is the Director of WMPC. The appointments followed a rigorous, competitive, and merit-based selection...

Tuvalu’s harbours set for major upgrade

Maritime transport infrastructure in Tuvalu's outer islands will get a major upgrade over the coming years, with the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approving an AUD$62.6 million (US$46.5 million) grant to support Tuvalu's efforts to upgrade and increase the resilience of its maritime infrastructure. Set to be the largest-ever World Bank project in Tuvalu, the Maritime Investment in Climate...

Samoa Supreme Court reserves decision on application to void appointment of additional women MP

Samoa Supreme Court has reserved its decision on applications to declare void the appointments of Aliimalemanu Alofa Tuuau and Faagasealii Sapoa Feagiai as the additional women parliamentarians following last Aprils general elections. The applicants were the Faatuatua I le Atua Samoa ua Tasi – FAST party, and election candidates To’omata Nora Leota and Lolomatauama Eseta Faalata. The respondents Aliimalemanu and Faagasealii...

Dialogue is key in Fiji seascape management

By Samisoni Pareti Dialogue is key to ensuring the durability and sustainability of marine conservation parks, was the consensus of a panel of experts at the second day of the Fiji Seascape Symposium. Providing space for civic actors to meet and talk with their partners in government has worked in the past, said Alifereti Tawake, head of the Pacific’s Locally...

Australia knew about China-Solomons security deal before it was leaked

Australia knew about a secret draft security pact between China and Solomon Islands weeks before it mysteriously surfaced on the internet, with several government sources claiming the nation’s intelligence agencies played a role in orchestrating the leak. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne are under increasing pressure to reveal what they knew about the proposed agreement before...

Opposition says PM Sogavare attempts to save face after ‘secret signing’ was released from Beijing

Solomon Islands Opposition Leader Matthew Wale says it is unfortunate that the security pact with China had to be secretly signed and was only made known through officials in Beijing. Wale said Prime Minister’s Manasseh Sogavare explanation in Parliament was an attempt to save face knowing that Beijing had already released information on the secret signing a few days earlier. The...

WWF-Pacific launches Great Sea Reef report

To better inform stakeholders on the health of the Southern Hemispheres third longest continuous reef system, the Status and trends of coral reefs and associated coastal habitats in Fiji’s Great Sea Reef (GSR) report was launched Thursday by the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Fisheries Pene Baleinabuli. “The system is significant to Fiji not only for its biodiversity but...

José Ramos-Horta wins in landslide Timor-Leste presidential election

The Nobel prize winner José Ramos-Horta has scored a landslide victory in Timor-Leste’s presidential election, according to preliminary results published by the election secretariat. The 72-year-old secured 397,145 votes, or 62.09 percent, against incumbent Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres’ 242,440, or 37.91percent, the secretariat’s website showed on Wednesday after all ballots were counted. “The count of the district, national and regional vote has...

Fiji and U.S discuss cooperation on defence and security

Fiji's Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs, Yogesh Karan Wednesday chaired a security dialogue with the high-level United States delegation to discuss areas of mutual interests, particularly, cooperation on defence and security. The dialogue also focused on platforms aimed at deepening the level of engagements for promoting a peaceful and unified region. The U.S delegation...

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