Regional Archive March 2010

Fiji Intercepts Vessel Infested with Snails

A cargo vessel that was heavily infested with live Giant African Snails was intercepted by authorities at Fiji's main wharf.

Nauru wants Positive Results from Cairns Compact

PRESS RELEASE - 29th March 2010 - The Government of the Republic of Nauru wants "positive results out of the Cairns Compact Peer Review process."

NGOs in Nauru Appreciate the Cairns Compact Peer Review Process

PRESS RELEASE - 26th March 2010 - Several non-government organizations and private sector representatives in Nauru have expressed appreciation for the Cairns Compact Peer Review process which is underway in the country this week.
Honorable John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, and the Honorable Georgina te Heuheu, Pacific Island Affairs Minister, visit the SendMoneyPacific Stand during Pasifika Festival, 13th March 2010

Website Seeks Savings for Pacific Islanders Remitting Money Home

The Honorable John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, and the Honorable Georgina te Heuheu, Pacific Island Affairs Minister, visited the Send Money Pacific Stand during Pasifika Festival, Western Springs Park on 13th March 2010, to learn how Pacific Islanders can save when sending money home to their families.

Cairns Compact Peer Review Underway in Nauru

PRESS STATEMENT - Yaren, Nauru, 24 March 2010 - There has been further progress in the implementation of the Cairns Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination in the Pacific with the commencement of the Peer Review process in the Republic of Nauru this week.

Samoa Voyaging Society to be Environment Ambassadors

Press Release - Crew members of the Va'a Gaualofa from the Samoa Voyaging Society are Environment Ambassadors to celebrate the Year of Biodiversity.

China-PIFS Scholarships 2010/2011 Intake

Press Release - 21st March 2010 - The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is offering ten scholarships to students from Forum Island Countries to study in China .

Promoting Economic Opportunities for Women in the Pacific

Gender equality is a guiding principle of Australia's international development assistance program and is integral to all Australian Government aid policies, programs and initiatives. Australia has committed to ensuring that women and men participate in and benefit equally from the development assistance program.

American Students Learn about Pacific Environmental Issues at SPREP

Press Release - 10 students from different universities throughout America have come a long way to learn about environmental issues in the Pacific and how they affect the lives of those who live here.

Update 3: Fiji Begins Recovery Operations in Cyclone Aftermath

Fiji has begun more intense relief operations in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Tomas which has now passed out of the group.

Update 2: Fiji Tropical Cyclone

Tropical Cyclone Tomas is on its way out of the Fiji group, leaving the nation to begin relief efforts for those areas affected.
Assistance to the Solomon Islands by ADB will help diversify the economy away from a dependency on logging.

ADB to Help Solomons Recover from Economic Crisis

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing $10 million in budget support to the Solomon Islands that will help the economy recover from the global economic crisis.
Radar image showing the relatively large eye of TC Tomas.

Update: Fiji Tropical Cyclone

Fiji is still being battered by gale force winds and torrential rain as Tropical Cyclone Tomas continues to move through country.

Hurricane Tomas Batters Fiji

Fiji is currently experiencing gale force winds and heavy rainfall brought on by Hurricane Tomas which is currently passing over the Fiji group, having already claimed one life.

WTO Workshop for FIC Officials

Press Release - 11th March 2010 - The move towards strengthening regional capacity in World Trade Organization (WTO) General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and services negotiations took another step forward with the conclusion of a three-day workshop held in Nadi, Fiji from 8 -10 March 2010.

ADB, AFD Work to Promote Growth, Reduce Poverty and Protect Environment

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have pledged to continue working closely together and jointly mobilize their resources to promote sustainable growth, fight poverty, and protect the environment in the Asia and Pacific region.

Pacific Women Continue to Face Challenges

Press Release - 8th March 2010 - Women in the Pacific continue to face adverse challenges despite national and regional commitments to addressing gender inequality.

Level of Violence against Women in Pacific among Highest in the World

According to the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) statistics, women in the region suffer from a level of violence that is among the most severe in the world.

EU and RAO Sign 10th EDF Regional Projects

Press Release - The management of fisheries and mineral resources in the Pacific region will benefit from 22 million Euros that will be injected by the European Union into three projects under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF).

Pacific Economies to Perform Slightly Better in 2010, says ADB

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Building on improved prospects for the global economy, most Pacific island economies are expected to perform slightly better in 2010 than in 2009, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) publication.