Regional Archive May 2022

Sachil and Gyaneshwar before the graduation ceremony.

Friends Share Gold Medal Award at USP Graduation

The Gold Medal Award for the most outstanding Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate was shared by two friends who supported each other throughout their journey while studying for their MBA at the University of the South Pacific (USP).
Kofe grabbed global attention for his nation of 12,000 people last year when he addressed a global climate conference standing ankle deep in the sea to illustrate Tuvalu was “sinking”.

Tuvalu, Sinking in the Pacific, Fears Becoming a Superpower ‘Pawn’

Tuvalu fears that climate change, an existential threat to the Pacific nation, is being forgotten and it worries that fellow island nations could become “pawns” in a global competition between China and the United States, its foreign minister said.
A team including ACIAR's Capacity Building Officer for the Pacific, Ms Joy Hardman, PASS-CR Programme Coordinator, Dr Linda Wess and Communications Director for the PASS-CR Programme, Ms Tash Turgoose, visited the USP Laucala Campus to engage with scholarship recipients.

USP Students Contribute to Regional Progress Through Scholarship Partnership

The knowledge and capability of students will be further enhanced after the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) included the climate change resilience component in the Pacific Agriculture Scholarships, Support and Climate Resilience programme (PASS-CR).
Sam Basil, born November 16, 1969, was a Papua New Guinean politician. He was a member of the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea from 2007, representing the electorate of Bulolo Open, until his untimely death.

PNG’s Deputy Prime Minister Killed in Tragic Car Accident

Papua New Guinea's deputy Prime Minister, Sam Basil, has died following a car crash in the Bulolo district of Morobe Province.
Acting Head of School of Accounting, Finance and Economics (SAFE), Dr Nacanieli Rika welcomed the guests and awardees at the event and encouraged students to demonstrate humility in success and graciously accept when someone else performed better.

23 Students Rewarded for their Outstanding Achievements

The School of Accounting, Finance, and Economics (SAFE) at the University of the South Pacific hosted an awards ceremony last Friday to honour the remarkable achievements of its first-year students in 2021.
In line with this improving outlook, 35 per cent Pacific businesses reported seeing an increase in revenue over the first quarter of the year, with 47 per cent expecting this to improve over the following quarter.

Report Finds Pacific Businesses Confident of Strong Recovery

The newly released PTI Pacific Business Monitor Recovery report has found that whilst the negative impact of COVID-19 on businesses across the Pacific remains severe, confidence of business survival amongst respondents is high, with 87 per cent confident that they will survive the COVID-19 crisis - the highest figure since tracking began.

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