Regional Archive July 2008

Funds to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has approved funding worth more than US$ 21 million over three years for a regional malaria program.

FOC Discusses Forum members' Contribution Paper

The Pre-Forum session of the Forum Official Committee (FOC) which is meeting in Suva, Fiji will discuss a positioning paper on issues concerning the long term sustainable funding and resources of the Forum Secretariat.

Fiji Government Repeals Tax on Bottled Water

Fiji's interim government has decided to repeal the new taxation system it had recently imposed on the bottled water industry following the shutting down of operations by bottled water companies across the country.

Fiji Water Shuts Down, Joining Fellow Bottlers

Bottled water giant, Fiji Water, is the last bottled water company to shut down in Fiji, following the other companies who have all shut down in response to the Fiji government's decision to impose a 20 cents per liter taxation over bottled water.

Fiji's Announcement of No Elections Draws Criticisms

The statement by Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Bainimarama, that the March 2009 elections he had promised is "unachievable" has drawn heavy criticisms and reactions.

Two New Princes for Tonga

The King of Tonga, King George Tupou V, has elevated the status of two of the island kingdom's Nobles to Princes.

Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Visits Solomons

The Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, will be visiting Solomon Islands for the first time this week, on route to the King of Tonga's Coronation early next month.

Digicel Runs Cell Site on Coconut Oil in PNG

Digicel has become the first mobile operator to run transmission sites on coconut oil fuel, having successfully run one tower for over two months.

Regional Foreign Ministers Arrive in Fiji for Talks

Foreign Ministers from around the region arrived in Fiji this week to meet and discuss Fiji's progress towards democracy.

Indonesian Soldiers Violate PNG Border

Indonesian soldiers are said to have crossed into Papua New Guinean territory, defying diplomatic and military protocols and violating international border agreements with PNG.

Digicel given Green Light in Fiji

Mobile giant, Digicel, has been given the go-ahead by the Fiji government to begin operations in Fiji.

ADB Establishes Future Carbon Fund

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has established a new fund that will use carbon credits generated beyond 2012 to provide urgently needed financing for clean energy projects in the Asia-Pacific region.

Fitness Equipment for Solomons Leaders

Health is important for Solomon Islands' prominent leaders, says the Taiwanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands, H.E. George Chan says.

Final Outcomes statement FOI workshop for Pacific Policy Makers

"REGIONAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION WORKSHOP FOR PACIFIC POLICY-MAKERS"