Islands Business November 2020 edition

Islands Business November Issue

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Fiame’s new chapter

“It’s very liberating. I haven’t felt this excited about politics for a long time,” says Samoa’s former Deputy Prime Minister, and now independent member, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa. In September, Fiame

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The World’s toughest race: How can Fiji win

When World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji first screened earlier this year, international audiences vicariously took a road less travelled. The competition, which pitted 66 teams across 671 kilometres,

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Nuclear ban treaty opens way for Pacific nuclear survivors

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, first adopted by the UN General Assembly in July 2017, will enter into force on 22 January, after the 50th signatory deposited its ratification of the treaty with the

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Undiplomatic diplomats

Around the kava bowl in Suva, people were discussing some undiplomatic behaviour by Chinese diplomats last month. Then for day or two, reports that Chinese officials had intervened at a Taiwanese National Day ceremony

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The New International Economic Order: Learning from history

Post-COVID-19 propositions for various sectors of the economy currently abound. Credit to those who are churning out these fine ideas for public consumption. One in particular, by Dr. Transform Aqorau: ‘Imagining a

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Huge costs likely to delay more hydro projects in PNG

The development of more hydro power schemes in Papua New Guinea is years away and buyers are needed if they are be financially viable. The latest international company to sign an MOU to explore hydro is Australia’s

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PNG’s first Special Economic Zone gets nod

The PNG government has approved and agreed to provide K100m (US$28.5 million) to kick start the country’s first Special Economic Zone, creating up to half a million jobs directly and indirectly in the country when it

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Rio ready to discuss Bougainville clean-up

Global miner Rio Tinto says it is ready to discuss cleaning up the site of the giant gold and copper site which it abandoned in 2016, four months after destroying a 46,000 year-old Aboriginal site in Western Australia.

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Local competitors conquer Eco-Challenge Fiji

After paddling, hiking, sailing, biking and climbing as part of the World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji, how does it feel when you finally cross that finish line? “I was so thrilled. I was waiting for it for a

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