Regional Archive July 2022

“The Pacific is who we are and where we are. The challenges facing our region are also New Zealand’s challenges," said New Zealand Defense Minister Peeni Henare.

New Zealand Enhance Pacific Maritime Security with Patrol Vessels

New Zealand Defense Minister Peeni Henare announced Friday the dispatch of patrol vessels to its Pacific Island partners with the intention of strengthening maritime security in the Pacific region.
 “For most, there is an urgent economic need to begin the border reopening process. This requires a balancing act between maintaining public health and restarting tourism activity," PSDI Tourism Expert Sara Currie said.

PSDI Launches Tourism Reopening Framework Post COVID-19

The Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) has launched a comprehensive tourism reopening framework for Pacific island countries (PICs), providing critical policy guidance as international tourists return in the post-COVID-19 era.
"This project recognizes the importance of digital transformation, which has become even more important against the backdrop of post- pandemic recovery”, Mr. Cocker said.

Miles Partnership to Design e-learning Modules for SPTO Members

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is pleased to announce that it will be working with Miles Partnership to develop the Pacific Benchmarking Programme and to design, a Digital Skills and Technology Needs Assessment and e-learning Modules for SPTO member countries.
When Anthony Albanese touches down in Suva today to attend his first Pacific Islands Forum, he will be walking in to a regional meeting that is putting on a brave face.

Power Struggle as Albanese Heads to Pacific Islands Forum

When Anthony Albanese touches down in Suva today to attend his first Pacific Islands Forum, he will be walking in to a regional meeting that is putting on a brave face.
Henry Puna says there are certainly high ambitions for the coming week, and encourages leaders to “let our love for the blue Pacific guide us in the coming days.”

Heavy Conversations Ahead of Us: PIFS Secretary General

Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) Henry Puna acknowledges that there are heavy conversations ahead of us in his opening remarks at the PIFS Leaders Summit in Suva, Fiji, this morning.
According to the survey, despite over half of all responding businesses reporting a decline in export orders over the past 12 months, respondents are confident the future holds promise with two out of three businesses expecting an increase in export orders over the next 12 months.

PTI Australia’s Pacific Islands Export Survey 2022 Provides Critical Snapshot of State of Exports

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia have published the findings of their most recent Pacific Islands Export Survey, a biennial report providing key insights into the activities and opinions of exporters across the region.
Kiribati President Taneti Maamau said in a letter his country would withdraw from the Forum because it did not agree with forum secretary-general Henry Puna continuing in the role, nor other terms of a deal brokered weeks ago to solve a rift between Micronesian states and other Forum members.

Kiribati Withdraws from Forum Ahead of Leaders Meeting

The withdrawal of the remote Pacific island nation of Kiribati from the region's key diplomatic group has overshadowed the Pacific Islands Forum as leaders arrive in Fiji for the first in-person meeting in two years.
Mr. Cocker added that Digital capabilities are critical for the growth of a successful tourism economy. He added that COVID-19 re-emphasized the need for digital transformation which would harness innovation in the use of digital technology to ensure that Pacific tourism remains competitive at the global level.

SPTO Partners With Trove Tourism Development to Enhance Digital Capabilities

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has awarded Trove Tourism Development Advisors its Lead Digital Specialist programme and Digital Content Upgrade, both of which fall under the Pacific Digital Tourism Transformation Project funded by the New Zealand government.