PNG expands Visa on Arrival to all Pacific Islands

Papua New Guinea has announced the extension of Visa on Arrival (VOA) privileges to all Pacific Island States and Territories.  Loop PNG reports Chief Migration Officer Stanis Hulahau, as making the official

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Hotel groups want unique visa for Chinese tourists

The two largest businesses groups in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas (CNMI) are pleading for the administration of Governor Arnold I. Palacios and other local officials to support the creation and implementation

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U.S. Air Force plans to host 12 Singapore fighter jets on Guam

The U.S. Department of Air Force is proposing the beddown of up to a dozen Singapore Air Force F-15 fighter jets, which forms part of a 2019 agreement with the Asian ally to establish a permanent training detachment at

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China Southern Airlines to make inaugural flight

China Southern Airlines will make its inaugural flight from Guangzhou to Port Moresby in December 2023. Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation and Member for Namatanai Open, Walter D. Schnaubelt said during his

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Hainan Airlines to start flying next month to Samoa

A Chinese Airline based in Haikou, Hainan Airlines is expected to recommence its services next month as Samoa’s Civil Aviation Division is finalising the application from the airline to continue direct flights to

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BSP says it is fine-turning operations in PNG

The Bank of South Pacific Financial Group Ltd (BSP) is continuing to fine-tune its operations under the new banking system, with its KunduPei service back online, chief executive officer Mark Robinson says. “BSP

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IMF explains K3.2 billion loan to PNG

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has dismissed reports that it had imposed income and corporate tax increases and devaluation of the Kina as conditions for the Government to acquire the K3.2 billion (US$908

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Samoa’s economy on recovery path

Samoa is slowly recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, according to the latest Samoa Bureau of Statistics data. Samoa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by Expenditure in constant 2013 prices for

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Bill seeks the establishment of foreign agents registry in Palau

A House bill is calling for the establishment of a foreign agents registry in Palau which will require persons representing foreign interests to make a public disclosure.   House Bill 11-90-09 requires

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ADB: 6.3% economic growth projected for Fiji

Growth in the South Pacific economy of Fiji is projected to reach 6.3% in 2023 and moderate to 3% in 2024, according to a new economic report released today by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The Asian Development

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IMF lowers global economic growth outlook as ‘fog thickens’

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast in their latest World Economic Outlook published on Tuesday, that global growth will bottom out at 2.8 percent this year before rising modestly to around three percent in

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FSM official proposes a supervisory college for island institutions

The banking commissioner of the Federated States of Micronesia wants to open a “bank for banks,” but while it will focus on money, it won’t store a cent. Instead, it will store a wealth of information that

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