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Fiji’s high profile mission to Papua New Guinea last month and the outcomes and intentions announced during and after it, clearly indicate that the Pacific islands region’s two biggest economies have decisively come together to form a formidable economic and political bloc never before seen in the region. Among the raft of major business deals and announcements of cooperation between…
The Papua New Guinea Defence Force has completed a 10-year stint under the military component of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. JOHNSON HONIMAE reports on the farewell of the PNGDF. After deploying 600 personnel since mid- 2003 to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, the final PNG Defence Force contingent was farewelled at a ceremonial parade at…
Soaring tourist revenue will salvage islands economies from a further decline in 2014 as the region recovers from devastation incurred in the aftermath of tropical cyclones and floods of the last two years. Economic growth in the Pacific islands region slumped to 7.3% in 2012 and this is expected to dip deeper to 5.2% this year. But there is hope…
Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Fiji have again put pen to paper to seal deals that will see them strengthen bi-lateral relations and expand the Pacific region’s biggest free trade area. Following a Fiji trade mission to PNG last month, the two countries have emerged deepening market integration they committed to as members of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), allowing…
Yearly, the cost of fuel to run Fiji’s economy gets steeper and there have been some serious efforts lately to explore renewable energy sources to complement national power production. Last month, just days after the Pacific Energy Summit in New Zealand, Fiji’s Department of Energy and its central bank held a public discussion forum to discuss this critical service, revealing…

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