Indonesia committed to Pacific, says ambassador

Indonesia’s new ambassador to New Zealand says issues of importance to Pacific Island countries are his country’s concerns too. According to Tantowi Yahya, Indonesia, with its significant Melanesian population, considers itself part of the Pacific region. He said that like Australia and New Zealand, Indonesia was interested in helping prosperity, democracy and human development in the Pacific. Pacific Islands states, […]

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NZ and Indonesia move towards stronger defence ties

The New Zealand defense minister and his Indonesian counterpart have signaled stronger defense ties between the two countries. The ministers signed a Joint Statement on Defence Relations on Wednesday at a meeting in Jakarta. The statement identifies a range of areas to further strengthen the defence partnership between New Zealand and Indonesia. They include joint military exercises, intelligence sharing, emergency […]

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Freeport Wants Assurance of Investment Stability

Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry official Tagih Pamudji said that mining company Freeport Indonesia wants assurance that the government issue a regulation (PP) on investment stability. “Freeport has submitted documents that we will need to study. The first is about IUPK [special mining permit], and the second one is about investment stability, and the third one is about regulation in […]

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MSG and Commonwealth to observe PNG election

A former Solomon Islands prime minister, Sir Francis Billy Hilly, is to lead a team of observers from the Melanesian Spearhead Group to the Papua New Guinea elections next month. The MSG team will also include a former Fiji president, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, and election officials from Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands along with a member of the political bureau […]

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