Islands Business February 2020 edition

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Pacific fighting the plastic plague

Visit the Plastic Adrift website and you can place a little rubber duck on a spot of your choice and see how plastic pollution spreads. Place your duck just off the east coast of Australia, and the simulation shows

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Economy 2020: A rocky start

The Coronavirus outbreak, the Australian bushfires,  continuing US-China geopolitical and trade tensions and damage caused by Tropical Cyclones Tino and Sarai have seen 2020 get off to a difficult start in our

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Smart Aid Not More Aid

An honest and critical appraisal by donors, recipient nations and other stakeholders is critical if the region is to take advantage of every donor dollar and show growth that truly impacts Pacific people’s daily lives

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2020: The year for a PNG anti-corruption commission

The Chairman of Transparency International PNG, Peter Aitsi, expects the Marape government to establish an oft-promised anti-corruption commission to be set up by the end of 2020, paving the way for an improvement in

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FNPF challenges…and regional opportunities

The Fiji National Provident Fund continues to be concerned by low levels of savings by its members on retirement and the need to extend its coverage to the informal sector. The FNPF says that in 2019, 66 per cent

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Back to the drawing board

For the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), COP25 in Spain was viewed with great optimism and hope. A number of issues and developments contributed to that frame of mind. However, the Conference proved a disappointment. In the

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Teti triumphs in Twickenham

Fiji’s die-hard rugby followers did not know whether to be more shocked by their B team’s win against some of the world’s star rugby players in England last November, or by the realisation that they knew very

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New Fiji: Our Communal Farm

There I was on my balcony, settled in comfortably on an old couch, surveying my neighbourhood while savouring my first “bilo” (bowl) of “kava” for the day. In the midst of the normal Western heat, I felt that at

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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

Every week Mission Pacific’s bottle buy-back centre in Suva is visited by a wide variety of Fiji residents and businesses with very different motivations for bringing in their PET bottles. Some of them are driven by

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InDepth: Meeting the new guard

SPC’s New Director General Stuart Minchin What are his first impressions, why does he think his new role is “an opportunity to serve” and how will ensure SPC’s members met their people’s needs in the

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Whispers

More manoueverings at USP, will Fiji go to this year’s Festival of Pacific Arts, agency head expense accounts are under scrutiny. Get Island Business to learn more at…  

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