Regional Archive August 2020

Under these Plans, healthcare providers across the Pacific will receive ventilators, patient monitoring systems and other essential equipment and training.

UK Supports Pacific Countries in Fight Against COVID-19

Solomon Islands stands to benefit from the recently announced covid-19 fund by the United Kingdom.
The PMSP-FFA aircraft during a recent stopover in Honiara.

FFA: Aerial Surveillance Critical For Monitoring of Our EEZs

Fisheries Ministers at their 17th Forum Fisheries Committee meeting on 6-7 August recognized the importance of aerial surveillance, including through the Pacific Maritime Security Program-Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (PMSP/FFA), after noting the increased risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Mr. Manning told a media briefing yesterday afternoon that the flight was to have brought in Chinese nationals working for the Ramu Nickel Mine who were alleged to have been subjected to a COVID-19 'vaccination trial.'

Manning: China Flight Cancelled

A flight from China, scheduled to arrive yesterday in Port Moresby, was cancelled by Controller David Manning.
"It's a partnership with our family in the Pacific and the rest of the world looks on Australia as providing that support to developing countries in our own region and that is specifically in relation to the Pacific countries," Mr Morrison said.

Australian-made COVID-19 Vaccine Could be Rolled Out in the Pacific and South-East Asia

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has promised to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine to the Pacific and some South-East Asian countries if Australia develops a supply of working drugs.
The New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency Jonathan Curr, said New Zealand wants to assist UN-PRAC to support the strengthening of anti-corruption legislation and policies.

New Zealand Boost Anti-corruption Efforts in the Pacific

A new Pacific-wide anti-corruption partnership has been launched between the Government of New Zealand and the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, in an effort to improve the livelihoods of people in 13 Pacific Island countries.
The two-and-a-half-hour show featured contributions from 12 Pacific island nations, including musical performances from Jahboy of the Solomon Islands, Mia Kami of Tonga, Juny B of Kiribati, Te Vaka of New Zealand and many more.

Virtual Concert Unites Pacific with the World in Battling COVID-19

From across the region, the UN in the Pacific brought together artists UN leaders, heads of State and international celebrities in the world’s first regional COVID-19 concert.
Tokura released the new orders as the autonomous region approaches the critical polling phase of the 2020 fourth Bougainville General Election.

Fresh Orders Issued in Bougainville Following Positive COVID-19 Test

The Controller of the Bougainville COVID-19 State of Emergency, Deputy Commissioner and Chief of the Bougainville Police Service, Francis Tokura, has issued two separate orders on Monday, in response to the first case of the COVID-19 virus and the election which got underway yesterday.
“So currently the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has health as one of the eight priority areas which none of our Forum island countries has tapped into yet”, Taloiburi says.

Pacific Countries Encouraged to Utilize Funding Options Under Green Climate Fund

“You can quarantine COVID-19 but climate change cannot be quarantined” PIFS Climate Change Finance Adviser, Exsley Taloiburi says.
The elections comes at a time when there is much distress brought on by the global killer virus.

Bougainville Proceeds with Elections Amid First COVID-19 Case

Bougainville is heading to the polls today amid its first case of the COVID-19. This is the 4th General Election of Papua New Guinea’s autonomous region, since attaining autonomy arrangements in 2001.
"The patient is from Central Bougainville. The patient is fine and stable and has not shown any signs of the COVID-19."

COVID-19 Emergency Controller for Bougainville Calls for Calm

The COVID-19 Emergency Controller for Bougainville is calling for calm across the region following reports of a first case in the region.
Pictured are participants in the 17th meeting of FFC Ministers, the first ever to be run online. Ministers discussed initiatives for increased regional cooperation in response to COVID-19, climate change, and illegal fishing, among other issues.

Fisheries Ministers Strengthen their Commitment to Regional Cooperation amid Pandemic

Fisheries Ministers from member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) have expressed serious concern about the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their domestic economies.
With these challenges facing the Pacific, the Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) scheduled to take place next week virtually, is expected to center on mapping out economic strategies for the pacific region.

COVID Economic Impact Devastating for the Pacific Region

The economic impact of covid-19 in the pacific region is said to be devastating.
“The FFA Secretariat has been providing assistance to Members to help them address the impacts of COVID-19, including studies to review food security and how best to support Observers over the longer term.”

COVID-19 Impacts Lead Agenda for FFA Fisheries Ministerial Meeting

The first ever Forum Fisheries Committee Ministerial meeting to be held online opens tomorrow, with the impacts of COVID-19 on the regional tuna fishery at the top of the agenda.
PNA waters account for around half of the world’s global supply of skipjack tuna, the most commonly canned tuna.

Regional Fisheries Body PNA Faring well

CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), Ludwig Kumoru says PNA is still faring well despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is now a very, very serious breach in Covid-19 protocols which may have exposed our citizens to Covid-19 infection from the outside,” Mr Namah said.

Chinese Flight May Have Exposed PNG to Coronavirus

The Chinese tycoon Chen Mailin, who landed in Port Moresby on June 21 in a private jet and took off two days later, did not observe the 14-day compulsory quarantine protocols.

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