Feb 23, 2018 Last Updated 5:27 AM, Feb 19, 2018

THE CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) sees the outcomes of the recent 14th meeting in Manila of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) as mixed. PNA CEO Ludwig Kumoru said there were some good steps forward by the Commission.

These included the adoption of a Port State measure which includes arrangements for appropriate inspection of tuna vessels when they come to port. This will close one of the remaining gaps in the Commission’s monitoring and control scheme and is well adapted to the region where many of the major ports are in small island developing states.

Other positive steps included the adoption of a measure to reduce marine pollution from fishing vessels, including banning the discharge of plastic, and the adoption of a Rebuilding plan for Pacific Bluefin. However, Mr Kumoru was disappointed in the outcome of the revision.....

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THE Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) controls the world’s largest sustainable tuna purse seine fishery. PNA Members are Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. Global leaders in tuna conservation and management Through using the zone-based management, PNA makes conservation and management decisions within their collective Exclusive Economic Zones.

Many PNA conservation measures are world firsts – such as high seas closures to fishing, controls on Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs), protection for whale sharks and the 100 per cent coverage of purse seine fishing vessels with observers. In 2011, the PNA skipjack tuna caught without using FADs was certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as sustainable, creating the world’s largest sustainablåe tuna purse seine fishery. PNA controls around 50 per cent of the global supply of skipjack tuna, the most commonly canned tuna.

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A PAPUA New Guinea company has joined forces with a Fiji firm for development of its next generation banking software. CloudApp Laboratories (PNG) Limited – a new tech start-up – has joined Fiji’s Software Factory to make a push into the Papua New Guinea market. CloudApp is owned 51 per cent by PNG’s NASFUND Contributors Savings and Loan Society. 

The remaining 49 per cent owned by Software Factory Limited of Fiji. A two-day conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva from October 12-13, charted a way forward for the joint venture’s presence and expansion in PNG. The workshop will help the new Tech Start-up come up with a new Strategic Plan and also a list of new innovative features to be incorporated into its Next Generation Banking System.

“The innovation we bring to our target PNG market is a new banking system that is functional, robust, affordable and supported on shore with the presence of a strong local service team,” CloudApp Labs PNG’s chairman Ian Tarutia said. Tarutia is also the CEO for PNG’s NASFUND and Chairman for the NASFUND Contributors Savings & Loan Society Limited. “PNG has always been heavily dependent on foreign-made systems with little or no local service provider,” Tarutia said.

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COP23

Bula vinaka and greetings from Fiji. We approach COP23 in November with the global community at a crossroads in our collective response to climate change. The choices we make now will decide the fate of our planet and have a huge impact on the lives of all 7.5 billion people on earth.

So it is vital that every global citizen is aware of what is at stake and what needs to be done to avert catastrophe. I assume the COP23 Presidency as the first leader of a Pacific Small Island Developing State to be given charge of the ongoing UN climate negotiations.

In doing so, I will be giving voice to the concerns and aspirations of one of the most climate vulnerable regions on earth. It is a great honour and a great responsibility and I seek your prayers and support. But I am eager to embrace the challenge in the knowledge that my fellow Pacific Islanders and billions of people around the world are looking to me for leadership, along with the rest of the Fijian COP team.

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Mana the Whey to go

A LOCAL sports supplement has entered the market to compete against brands from around the world. Goodman Fielder International (Fiji) Pte Ltd, a company renowned for creating and producing some of the most iconic food brands in Fiji, introduced the Pacific’s first sports supplement brand, Mana, into Fiji in September, 2016, and it has quickly become popular throughout the region. Made in Fiji for Pacific sports enthusiasts, the Mana brand is affordable and great tasting and intended to rival products which are already in the market.

Inoke Ligairi won the Mr Fiji title three years in a row from 2014-2016 and has been using whey protein ever since he started bodybuilding more than four years ago. Supplementation is part of the sport and he has used countless brands of whey protein but when he started using Mana Whey Protein over a year ago, it did exactly what it was supposed to do and he ranked it amongst one of the best he has used. “It mixes well with either water or milk, very smooth on the stomach and it’s even great when you blend it with fruits or carbs for a smoothie,” Ligairi said.

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