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Pacific ACP Trade Ministers discuss WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies

The Pacific ACP Trade Ministers Meeting today considered an update of the WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies agreement (FSA) and welcomed the progress made thus far on the negotiating text. Trade Ministers also noted that a few key elements remain to be resolved and support the intensification of negotiations to reach consensus on these issues. Harmful fisheries subsidies have been...

Pacific Islands to seek debt relief as COVID-19 batters economies

Pacific Island countries will seek debt relief from their creditors as the spread of COVID-19 leaves some governments struggling to provide basic and essential services, Tuvalu’s Minister of Finance Seve Paeniu said on Thursday. Paeniu said the COVID-19 crisis has decimated the dominant tourism industries of some Pacific countries, and a meeting with creditors will be sought to secure financial...

Marshall Islands trials solar powered outboard engines

The testing of a solar powered outboard engine for a locally built catamaran in Majuro this week is part of a large-scale sustainable ocean transport programme underway in the Marshall Islands that could lead to multiple vessel use of this sustainable energy technology for sea transportation. “We are developing systems that work for different types of boats in the Marshall...

PNG records first case of Delta Variant

It has been confirmed Thursday that a single positive COVID-19 case with the Delta mutation has been detected in Papua New Guinea. Deputy Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response Dr Daoni Esorom confirmed that the case, PNG’s first and only case, is a 65-year-old male, who is a Philippine national. Dr Daoni said the case is currently in isolation...

Fiji receives Jack Ma Foundation COVID-19 protective equipment

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has handed over medical supplies to the Fiji Government as it battles a surge of COVID-19 cases. The personal protective equipment (PPE) was a donation from the Jack Ma Foundation to the Forum Secretariat for distribution to Forum members experiencing outbreaks. Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Henry Puna, is hopeful that the donation would contribute to...

U.S military visits to Palau not a response to any threat, Army commander says

The United States military presence in Palau is not a response to any immediate threat, according to a battalion commander for Task Force Oceania. Pacific Islands Battalion commander for Task Force Oceania LTC Rachel Sullivan in an interview said the U.S forces that are in Palau” are not here in response to any threat.” They are here as part of the...

Samoa Media alliance calls for journalists’ protection

The Samoa Alliance of Media Practitioners for Development (SAMPOD) has condemned political attacks against Samoan women journalists and called on the United Nations to lend its support. The SAMPOD statement was released after more than 1,000 men and women assembled for a peaceful march calling for an end to violence on women. Ironically, a young female reporter was verbally attacked by...

Tuilaepa dragging Samoa into dictatorship: Fiame Mata’afa

The Samoa caretaker Government are clinging onto power using the Head of State's unconstitutional powers, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, the leader of Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party has said. Mata’afa says the Human Rights Protection Party's (HRPP) efforts to cling onto power whilst the nation is under a State of Emergency is deeply concerning, noting that they...

Focused on the future to emerge stronger: Fiji Trade Minister

Fiji's Trade Minister Faiyaz Koya has outlined the importance of remaining focused on the future to emerge stronger while chairing the 2021 Pacific ACP (PACP) Trade Ministers Meeting today. “Our region has embarked on numerous initiatives and programmes to accelerate transformation across multiple facets of our economic sectors. From fighting for the rights of our artisanal fishers for food security...

Fijians urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible to build up immunity as COVID-19 spreads

Two weeks ago, Lepani Raiyala lost his partner Maree Stewart to COVID-19. Stewart, a popular radio personality in Fiji, was only 39 when she died in hospital after contracting the virus amid the Pacific nation's deadly outbreak. Raiyala, who also tested positive for coronavirus, was forced to watch Stewart's funeral service “helplessly” via Zoom while isolating at a COVID-care facility in...

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