“When we stand together,we have the greatest voice”

Leaving her post after six years as Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor spoke with Islands Business correspondent Nic Maclellan about the state of Pacific regionalism. Here are excerpts from

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Coping with COVID in PNG

By early June, Papua New Guinea’s COVID-19 cases stood at 15,938 and 15,088 of that number have recovered. There have been 162 deaths, and so at the time of reporting, there were 688 active cases. So how is the PNG

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Little light on power sale

By Netani Rika With Fiji caught in the darkness of a descending cloud of COVID-19, its government has pushed through the sale of a large portion of the national energy company to a Japanese consortium. In its initial

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Being a consultant in the Pacific

By Ken Katafono We are going through extraordinary times. It hasn’t been lost on me that we’ve been fortunate during this time to continue to work and have a demand for our skills and experience. So, I thought I’d

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UN States seek teeth and sting in the corruption fight

From the office of the Pacific Anti-Corruption Journalists' Network in Suva Transnational crime syndicates including those that work in the underworld market of money laundering would have been anxious over moves in the

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Pacific unity against corruption: The Teieniwa vision

Gathering in Tarawa, Kiribati from 4 to 5 February 2020 with the President of Kiribati as the Chair, we, the Prime Minister of Samoa, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Vice President of Kiribati, Ministers from the

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Our Ocean, Our Heritage, Our Future

Sponsored The Pacific Ocean lies at the heart of Pacific women’s identities, ways and knowledge, and is a source of cultural and material empowerment. It was with this knowledge that more than 1000 people participated

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Ending violence against women and girls

Sponsored content Gender based violence is a scourge of the Pacific. It can take the form of physical or sexual violence at the hands of partners, non-partner sexual assault, sexual exploitation and trafficking, and can

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Women’s economic empowerment: Fundamental for development

Sponsored content “Women's economic empowerment is a development game changer. The more women participate in a formal or informal economy, the more prosperous families, communities, and countries become,” said Dr

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Putting women at the centre of climate change responses

Sponsored content “We know that people who are the most affected by the impacts of climate change are the ones who depend on natural resources for their livelihoods, live in hardship, do not have financial security,

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Drue: The Fijian village caught between a rock and a hard place

By Ruben Vulawalu. Photos: Ethan Gabriel. In the Fijian village of Drue in Kadavu, locals face a life-changing decision: to remain at the mercy of the rising ocean, or move their entire community to higher ground.

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Fast-tracking PICTA

By Ambassador Kaliopate Tavola The Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA), having acquired ratification by signatory Pacific Island Countries (PICs), came into force in 2003. However, some 18 years later, the

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