Regional Archive November 2007

Digicel Expands Into Tonga

Continuing its increasing presence in the region, mobile operator, Digicel, through its Pacific branch, Digicel Pacific Ltd., has acquired Tonfon Communications in Tonga.

Australia's New Government to Heal Relations with the Pacific

Australia's new government has appointed a veteran politician to help heal relationships between Australia and nations in the region.

ADB $1m Grant to Improve Use of Statistics in Pacific DMC Development Plans

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a $1 million grant to improve the capacity of Pacific developing member countries in using statistical data for developing economic and social policies and managing their implementation.

EU Bank for the Pacific

The European Union's official development bank, the European Investment Bank (EIB), today opened its official regional office in Sydney, Australia.

Region's Forestry Policies Weak

According to the South Pacific Secretariat, the policy analysis and formulation capabilities of Pacific Island countries national forestry agencies are weak and need to be strengthened.

Japan, United Kingdom and ADB Assist Asia and the Pacific Adapt to Climate Change

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Japan, the United Kingdom and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are providing a $3.6 million assistance package to strengthen the Asia and Pacific region's ability to respond to the adverse effects of climate change.

Fiji's Interim Government to be Sued for $40million

Lawyers for one of the accused in Fiji's assassination plot have announced that they are suing Fiji's Interim Government.

ADB, Japan and Australia Extend $88M in Financial Assistance to Samoa Power Sector

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the governments of Japan and Australia are providing $88 million in financing to support the development of Samoa's power sector.

Australia Still Region's Major Player

Observers say that Australia is still the dominant player in the region despite the increased involvement of several different powers.

Tonga Wins Miss South Pacific

Miss Tonga, Tessi Leila Toluta'u, was crowned the new Miss South Pacific in Apia, Samoa, on Saturday night.

Regional Workshop Targets Child Abuse

The Regional Stakeholders Consultation and Planning Workshop on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Child Sexual Abuse in the Pacific began yesterday in Suva.

Japan and ADB Help Palau Prepare Water Supply Sector Development Plan

Japan and Asian Development Bank (ADB) are helping Palau prepare a plan that will provide secure, reliable and affordable water supply on the island of Babeldaob and in the state of Koror, located in the south of the tightly clustered archipelago.

ADB and Tonga Enter into Partnership Strategy

The ADB and the Kingdom of Tonga have entered into a five-year Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) that focuses on poverty reduction anchored on infrastructure development, prudent economic and fiscal management, and private sector development.

Regional Officials Discuss Urban Progress Legislations

Regional representatives began their meeting today in Lami, Fiji, to discuss the need to review existing legislations for urban society progress in the region.

ADB Continues Support for Cook Is. Infrastructure Plan

In its recently issued Country Operations Business Plan for Cook Islands 2007-2009, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) says its work with Cook Islands will continue to promote good governance, environmentally sound infrastructure and fiscal management.

Japan, ADB, PIF Build Regional Cooperation

Japan, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) are launching a $1.07 million technical assistance project focused on enhancing regional cooperation among Pacific island countries.

Alleged Assassination Plots in Fiji

Fiji military and police have detained several people over alleged assassination plots on the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, interim Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, members of cabinet and senior military officers.

Asbestos Dumping Raises Concern (Cook Islands)

Minister Tangata Vavia's confirmation that Cabinet had approved the disposal of asbestos sheeting at sea has raised concerns.