Archive - April 2000

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TO ALL PRINT EDITORS, TV NEWS DIRECTORS,

PACIFIC AND ASIAN AFFAIRS COUNCIL

Honolulu, Hawai‘i

RADIO STATIONS

NEWS RELEASE April 24, 2000

Dear Media Friend:

The Media Awards Committee of the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC) is requesting your assistance in contributing names of nominees to receive the 3rd Annual PAAC "Media Excellence Awards."

The program will honor two members of the media in the Print and Electronic categories. In addition, we will give a "Lifetime Achievement Award," if deemed appropriate, as well as an award for a notable special project.

We invite you to submit the name or names of any media persons you think should receive our award for achievement during 1999. The criterion is simply that the individual and/or organization must have provided a significant and outstanding contribution toward the coverage of Asia/Pacific issues in the Hawaii media throughout the year. Past Media Excellence Award recipients have been George Chaplin, John Griffin...

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PNG TOURISM TAKES NEW PLUNGE

EDITORIAL

Post-Courier Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

April 25, 2000

Papua New Guinea's efforts to improve its overseas image and attract more tourists continues to be undermined each time there is hope of improvement.

The rape of an American tourist on an island off Vanimo is the latest example of the type of serious blow that crime has dealt to the country's tourism industry.

When will all these terrible things stop?

Throughout PNG, there are thousands of genuine people who want to welcome visitors to their villages to see and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings and the warm hospitality of the people.

Unfortunately, there is also a lawless element, which stands ready to destroy every good initiative and, as a consequence, ruin the country's image.

Vanimo is known as a quiet and peaceful town where people enjoy a laid back lifestyle, the sort that is missing in many urban centers such as Port Moresby.

It is also the...

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NURSES TO GET PAY RAISE

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 26, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---Nurses will get a pay raise of $830 a year, backdated to July 1997.

About 80 percent of the nurses in the public service have been awarded the salary increase, Permanent Secretary for Health Luke Rokovada said.

The government has honored its commitment to the nurses by agreeing to pay this interim pay rise, he said.

Mr. Rokovada said the government is arranging to pay increases in work-related allowances for nurses backdated to July 1997.

The government is considering recommendations for further improvements in nurses' salaries.

Dr. Rokovada said that a strike notice served by the Fiji Nursing Association was rejected by the Ministry of Labor because it does not comply with the Trade Disputes Act.

"The Secretary of Cabinet had also written to the Fiji Nursing Association (FNA) advising them that the recommendation on the salaries review for nurses was with Cabinet and receiving...

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NEW CALEDONIA PARROTS DECLARED PROTECTED

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (April 25, 2000 – Oceania Flash/SPC)---The 11th convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) held last week in Nairobi, Kenya has approved to further protect two parrot species endemic to New Caledonia, Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reports.

The two species, which are now protected from international trade, are found on Ouvéa Island (Loyalty group, north-east of the mainland) and in New Caledonia's mountainous center chain.

They are known to scientists respectively as Eunymphicus Cornutus Uveaensis and Eunymphicus Cornutus Cornutus.

"This is an immense victory for New Caledonia," said New Caledonia's Wildlife Protection Association President Jean-Louis d'Auzon.

The CITES conference decision follows a request from the French territory's Agriculture and Forestry department.

The two species were formerly classified under CITES schedule 2 as a potentially endangered species, which requires a permit prior to...

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SOLOMON ISLANDS CHANGES VIEW ON WHALING

MIYAZAKI, Japan (April 25, 2000 - Radio Australia)---Solomon Islands has abandoned its pro-whaling position and now says it will support Australia and New Zealand in their efforts to have the South Pacific declared a whale sanctuary.

Solomons Foreign Minister Patteson Oti revealed his country's new position at the end of the Japan-South Pacific Forum Summit Meeting at Miyazaki.

He said Solomon Islands was prepared to reconsider its position because of its obligation to the South Pacific Forum.

Australia and New Zealand are working closely in the lead up to the next meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Adelaide in June to promote the establishment of a South Pacific Whale Sanctuary.

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PACIFIC BASIN DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL TO DISSOLVE AND BE REORGANIZED

By Craig DeSilva

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (April 25, 2000 – PIDP/CPIS)---The Pacific Basin Development Council, a Honolulu-based organization that promotes economic development in the Pacific Islands, will be dissolved September 30.

The decision was made by PBDC’s board members - Guam Gov. Carl Gutierrez, CNMI Gov. Pedro Tenorio, and American Samoa Gov. Tauese Sunia - during a meeting in Pago Pago.

The three governors will draft a charter and new by-laws for a reconstituted Pacific regional organization, according to a statement by Gutierrez.

However, it’s unclear how the new organization will be different from PBDC. It is likely that the new organization, which will remain based in Hawai‘i, will continue to carry out the same mandate in promoting Pacific Island development.

"A revitalized PBDC will bring more economic development and political leverage to the territories and commonwealth in the Pacific," Gutierrez said.

Also during the meeting,...

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OK TEDI HAS FUTURE IN PNG

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 20, 2000 – Post-Courier)---The controversial Ok Tedi mine has a future in PNG, but the challenge is finding a solution that is economically, socially and environmentally acceptable to all parties, said Managing Director Dr. Roger Higgins.

Dr. Higgins was the guest of the Institute of National Affairs' monthly lecture series.

He spoke about the future of the Ok Tedi mine.

The mine has been in the limelight lately, mainly because of the environment impact on the mine, followed by the recent litigation instituted in the Victorian Supreme Court.

Dr. Higgins said there would be little difference between the environmental impact of closing the mine immediately or letting it operate for another 10 years.

Dr. Higgins also told the gathering that OTML would be submitting its mine closure plans to the Government next month.

These plans are a legal requirement for the company, as per the original agreement signed...

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PNG’S MORAUTA SAID PACIFIC NEEDS FOREIGN INVESTMENT

PNG’S MORAUTA SAID PACIFIC NEEDS FOREIGN INVESTMENT

TOKYO, Japan (April 25, 2000 – Post Courier)---Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta urged Japanese businesses to invest in South Pacific countries.

Addressing a luncheon in honor of visiting South Pacific Forum leaders in Tokyo last week, Sir Mekere urged Japanese businesses to help South Pacific countries through new investments that would harness the region's natural resources.

"The South Pacific must engage fully in global economy. We know that we need the rest of the world more than the rest of the world needs us, so it is up to us to demonstrate that we can be useful partners," Sir Mekere told the luncheon.

The event was hosted by five economic organizations: The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Japan Employers Federation Association, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives and the Japan Foreign Trade Council, which secured some of the century's top businessmen to attend.

"South...

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MIYAZAKI PALM DECLARATION

Japan-Pacific Island Leaders Meeting April 22, 2000 Miyazaki, Japan

OUR COMMON VISION FOR THE FUTURE

Heads of States and Government representatives of Japan and South Pacific Forum (SPF) members (Australia, the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) in recognition of the strong bonds of friendship and shared interest between Japan and the Pacific region, met in Miyazaki, Japan on 22 April, 2000 to participate in PALM 2000, the Second Japan-South Pacific Forum Summit Meeting.

The SPF Leaders expressed their deep appreciation to the Government and people of Japan for the initiative to hold this second high level meeting and for the arrangements and generous hospitality extended to them during their stay in Miyazaki and Tokyo.

Following the Leaders’ session, Japan and the SPF Leaders...

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FIJIAN UNITY TO TOP CHIEFS TALKS

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 25, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---The Great Council of Chiefs will have intense discussions this week on the subject of Fijian unity.

It is reported that the chiefs are very concerned with the divisions, which currently exist within the indigenous community.

The GCC will analyze and determine the underlying causes of the fragmentation among Fijians.

They will go on to talk about ways in which Fijians can be reunited.

However it has been made very clear the unity talks will not necessarily mean bringing all Fijians under the umbrella of one political party.

They will also deliberate on who is to be Fiji's Head of State.

The chiefs will decide this week at the Tradewinds Convention Center whether Fiji remains as a republic, or whether to approach Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and request her to be reinstated as Head of State.

The meeting will end Friday.

This is the second meeting at which the issue of...

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