Regional Archive October 2016

Jailed Vanuatu MPs given hope

Fourteen jailed former MPs in Vanuatu could be a step closer to having their convictions quashed.

Domestic Resources Dominate Development Finance in Asia

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF) opened a two-day meeting on aid ahead of the upcoming Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu implemented reforms to improve the business environment.

Economies in the Pacific Islands Ease Rules for Entrepreneurs - Report

A new World Bank Group report shows that economies in the Pacific Islands continue to implement reforms to make it easier for entrepreneurs to do business.
The 2-day summit will be held in Port Moresby from the 28 February – 1 March 2017.

Lack of Marketing Sees PNG Miss out on Significant Investment Opportunities

“The energy sector in Papua New Guinea has been missing out on significant investment opportunities because of a lack of marketing,” says Minister for Petroleum & Energy, Nixon Duban, who made these remarks when announcing the launch of PNG’s inaugural Petroleum & Energy Summit.
Cook Islands Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism Henry Puna.

New Brand for South Pacific Tourism

Cook Islands Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism Henry Puna officially launched a new brand and identity for promoting South Pacific tourism globally after it was approved at the 26th Council of Tourism Ministers Meeting in Rarotonga, Cook Islands today.
To make the analysis, the researchers used a sample from the petrous bone — a bone in the skull near the ear — that they've found to be best at preserving DNA that's many thousands of years old.

Ancient DNA of First Inhabitants of Vanuatu and Tonga Points to Indigenous Taiwan Population

A new study of ancient DNA could upend our understanding of the seafaring people who travelled vast distances to make their home in the Pacific.