NZ not worried about absences from PACER Plus

New Zealand’s trade minister says the signing of a regional free trade agreement today, after nearly a decade of negotiations, is cause for great celebration. Nine countries from around the region, as well as Australia and New Zealand, are in Tonga to sign the PACER Plus agreement, wrapping up nearly a decade of negotiations. The deal has been polarising with […]

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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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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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MSG immune from suit: Vanuatu Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has dismissed a salary claim by Melanesian Spear Head Group (MSG) Deputy Director General, Molean Kilepak simply because the regional institution is protected by the Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act [Cap 143]. MSG and Director General, Ambassador Amena Yauvoli who are both claimants of the Civil Case 345 of 2017, were untouchable by the Vanuatu Supreme Court […]

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East Timor to Elect New President Zoom Out Zoom In Normal

East Timorese flocked to political rallies on the final day of campaigning ahead of Monday`s presidential election, as Asia`s youngest democracy grapples with persistent poverty and corruption at a time when oil revenues are rapidly running dry. This year’s presidential poll and parliamentary elections in July come as concerns mount over the failure to use wealth generated by oil and […]

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