Vinod Patel leads the way

Clocking up years of trading in the islands, the Vinod Patel Group of companies is now looking at ways to monetise all those experiences and know how through its very own export business consultancy. Calling

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Vanuatu eyes growth of DOT VU

VANUATU’S telecom regulator has welcomed the recent move by the ICAAN (Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers) to reassign to it the country’s country-code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) name

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Samoa Airways shelves maiden flight

THE worldwide grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 aircrafts has prompted the Government of Samoa to defer the commissioning of its new Boeing 737 MAX 9, which was to have taken place next

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A murky mix of vested interests

AN oil spill in Rennell, Solomon Islands is turning into a disaster of catastrophic proportions, threatening the world’s biggest raised coral atoll and prompting caretaker Prime Minister Rick Hou

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The curable cancer killing Pacific women

LATE detection and late presentation contribute to the high number of women who die from cervical cancer in the Pacific each year. The HPV Information Centre reports that an estimated 1,268 Pacific Island

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EU says tax blacklisting should be no surprise

FIJI, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu have been added to a European Union blacklist of tax havens. And despite concerns about process raised by all three countries, the EU has told Islands Business that

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Solomon Islands goes to the polls

SOLOMON Islands voters are on the verge of choosing their next government as the country goes to the polls amidst major economic and environmental challenges. The 3 April election is a test of the country’s

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Partner of choice?

AUSTRALIA and Vanuatu are slowly moving towards a bilateral security treaty after a series of meetings between the Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of both countries. Welcoming his counterpart Scott

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Pacific mourns NZ victims

FIJI continues to mourn the death of three nationals who were shot while at prayer in two New Zealand mosques this month. The men, 58-year-old Ashraf Razak Ali, 59-year-old Imam Haji Musa Patel, and

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Samoa’s leaders grapple with social media

IN 2017 the Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi reintroduced the Criminal Libel Act to combat online anonymity and ‘ghost writers’ such as the infamous ‘Ole

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Nakao’s Whirlwind Visit a Timely Reminder

IN a recent whirlwind visit to Samoa and Fiji, ADB President, Takehiko Nakao signed several important agreements, including one that scaled up the status of the Samoa office from an extended mission to a

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For tuna and the islands

After running his family’s fishing business for most of his adult life and then spending eight years at the head of the Pacific’s regional fisheries management agency, has James

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