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March 2022

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Whispers

Samoan style Samoa’s former PM, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has

Teleworking realities

The COVID-19 has been dubbed the “great accelerator,” as it brought an enormous shift to digital around the world. Schools and learning went online, video conference participation rose dramatically, medical services were delivered over the phone and Internet, and businesses struggling to implement their digital strategy took the leap, simply because they had no other choice.

February 2022

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Tonga eruption

Tongan resilience and lessons

Early recovery and reconstruction after the Hunga-Ha’apai-Hunga-Tonga volcano eruption and tsunami must incorporate ‘build back better’ standards to increase resilience in the restoration of physical infrastructure, the economy, and livelihoods.

Panguna mine site

Panguna mine reopening

Landowners from the Panguna Mine area and the Autonomous Bougainville Government have reached a historic agreement to re-open the Panguna gold, copper and silver mine.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Fiji Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

America engages the Pacific

After a 38-year break from Fiji and a 10-year break from the Pacific,  a United States Secretary of State has visited the region,  committing to “a free and open Pacific” with promises to “respect core international principles”, as the U.S. re-engages with the region as part of its Indo-Pacific Strategy.

Pacific renewable energy targets

Switching on renewables

The ambitious renewable energy targets set by many Pacific Island nations may be running behind schedule, but there is  still a lot of activity and investment in the sector, pandemic notwithstanding.

January 2022

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Pacific education

Whispers

Fisheries dramas The head of a major fisheries agency