Regional Archive January 2008

Climate Change, Governance Policies Remain Concerns for Developing Pacific Nations

Given the dramatic challenges presented by climate change, including the risk that some islands in the Pacific may become uninhabitable, the ADB's Pacific Strategy will be further refined to provide more emphasis on environmental management to help the region better manage its vulnerable natural environment.

ADB Consults Pacific on Safeguard Policy Update

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is continuing the consultation process on its safeguard policies, seeking valuable feedback from stakeholder groups from across Asia and the Pacific as it updates its environment, involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples safeguard policies.

PNG Among Hardest for Business

PNG has been named by the World Bank as one of the hardest countries in the world to do business in.

Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Projects in Asia-Pacific Get Seed Money

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its development partners are setting up a facility that will provide seed capital for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the Asia-Pacific region amid growing energy demands and high oil prices.

PNG Lifter Invited to Olympic Qualifiers

Papua New Guinea's weightlifting gold medalist, Dika Toua, has been invited to compete at the Beijing Olympic qualifiers later this month.

New Diplomatic Ties for Fiji

News reports from Fiji state that a cabinet statement has announced that the country will establish diplomatic relations with four sovereign countries.

Australia - Pacific Relations: Call for Reappraisal

An article by Cynthia Banham in the Sydney Morning Herald has touched on the relations between Australia and the region.

Taiwan to Appoint First Aboriginal Diplomat

Taiwan is said to be about to appoint its very first aboriginal diplomat.