Regional Archive October 2020

“It is a significant commitment by our Members and Partners. We sincerely thank all of those who participated across the Pacific. We work best when we work together," says the FFA Director General Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen.

Enormous Fisheries Surveillance Effort by FFA and Members

One of the largest maritime surveillance operation in the world, Operation Kurukuru, concludes on Friday 30 October, after two weeks of international cooperation by aircraft, ships, and national organisations to target Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing in the Pacific.
"We must look ahead and capitalize on opportunities which will help us to not only recover but rethink our collective approach to the future of our Pacific tourism industry”, said Mr. Fua.

Pacific Tourism Organisation Elects New Leadership

For the first time in its history the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has convened a virtual meeting of its Board of Directors; comprising of government representatives from 20 Pacific Island countries and China, along with four representatives from the private sector.
Solomon Islands Government’s assistance will include repatriating overseas staff to Honiara and measures to ensure critical activities can continue in the event of a lockdown.

FFA Thanks Solomon Islands Government for its Support During the Pandemic

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency has expressed its gratitude to the Solomon Islands Government for its assistance throughout the COVID-19 period, during a visit by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade, Mr Collin Beck, to FFA Headquarters.
Onorina Fugawai, PTI Australia Tourism and Investment Project Officer emphasised the importance of providing operators with practical steps to enhance their digital presence, especially as the world starts to plan post-pandemic holiday destinations.

New Advanced Online Workshop for Pacific Tourism Operators

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia, the region’s lead trade and investment promotion agency has partnered with leading experts to provide an advanced online workshop series for Pacific tourism operators looking to elevate their digital skills.
Ambassador of the European Union for the Pacific HE Sujiro Seam (L) and the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Sanaka Samarasinha.

UN and EU Launch Spotlight Initiative Regional Pacific Programme

The United Nations and the European Union (EU) has launched a multi-year partnership - the Spotlight Initiative Regional Pacific Programme focused on amplifying efforts to end violence against women and girls.
The Forum Chair further reaffirmed the Forum Leaders call for all parties to protect and uphold the human rights of all residents and to work to address the root causes of the conflict by peaceful means.

PIF Chair Reaffirms Support for Open, Constructive Dialogues, Human Rights Mission to West Papua

The Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and Prime Minister of Tuvalu, the Honourable Kausea Natano, has reaffirmed the importance of open and constructive dialogue on the human rights situation in West Papua (Papua).
He said longer-term, more effort would be needed to ensure young people were "usefully" employed.

Law and Order Essential, Says Newly Elected President of Bougainville

Newly elected President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Ishmael Toroama, says that for the autonomous region to progress it is essential that law and order is established.