News Releases

Wed
22
Mar

Solomon Islands Finance Minister: Cash Flow Situation Is Stable

 

The Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon Snyder Rini has lashed out at the statement by Hon Rick Hou in the Solomon Star on 22 March 2017 as misleading and inappropriate. Hon Snyder Rini said, “The government cash position is stable and payment to service providers, suppliers, contractors, scholarships and salaries are being met.” 

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Wed
08
Mar

SPTO Recognizes Contribution Of Women To Pacific Region's Tourism Industry

 

Pacific Women are the unsung heroes of the region’s tourism industry says the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), as it recognises their contribution to tourism development to mark International Women’s Day today, March 8. At every level of the tourism industry, Pacific women are represented from grassroots handcraft producers, and hotel and resort employees, to tourism industry executives.

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Mon
06
Mar

Marshall Islands Hosts Region's First Oceans And Tides Workshop

 

In a first for the North Pacific, the Marshall Islands Weather Service will host an Oceans and Tides Workshop this week in coordination with the Pacific Community or SPC in an effort to increase knowledge, technical capacity, understanding and application of ocean science for improved decision-making and disaster preparedness. Developed and funded through the Australian Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific or COSPPac, the workshop, held at the Marshall Islands Resort, also includes participants from Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and Kiribati.

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Mon
06
Mar

Cook Islands Artist Selected For UNESCO's International Women’s Day Exhibition

 

The work of NiaVal Ngaro, currently on show at the Bergman Gallery in Avarua, has been accepted for showing in the 2017 International Women’s Day Exhibition at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. Ngaro is one of only two artists from the Asia Pacific region to be selected to take part in the exhibition. The piece for show will come from her new series of glass “taro” sculptures.

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Thu
02
Mar

National Climate Assessment Seeks Input at March 6 Town Hall for Hawai‘i and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands

 

The East-West Center will host the 4th National Climate Assessment’s Town Hall for Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands on Monday, March 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Center’s Imin International Conference Center (1777 East-West Rd.). The Town Hall is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Virtual participation will also be available.

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Tue
28
Feb

Marshall Islands First Country To Ratify Kigali Amendment On HFCs

 

The Nitijela (parliament) of the Republic of the Marshall Islands gave its approval on Tuesday for the low-lying atoll nation to become the first country to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

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Mon
20
Feb

Micronesia Conservation Trust Provides $435,000 To Palau Protected Areas Network

 

On Jan. 31, 2017, the Micronesia Conservation Trust or MCT board approved a resolution instructing its Investment Advisor, Raymond James, to disburse $435,362 to the Palau Protected Areas Network or PAN Fund (www.palaupanfund.org/).

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Sun
19
Feb

American Samoa Community Health Centers Approved As Medicaid Provider

 

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga in a major milestone for American Samoa announces a key achievement for his administration — American Samoa has obtained approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to enable the DOH Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and its community health centers to be a Medicaid provider. This means that the FQHC located in Tafuna and its community centers in Leone, Amouli, Ta'u and Ofu will be eligible for reimbursement from Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funds.

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Thu
16
Feb

FSM Trust Fund Returns Nearly 10% In 2016; Balance Over $94 Million

 

The FSM secretary of the Department of Finance & Administration, Sihna Lawrence, has announced that the FSM trust fund ended calendar year 2016 with a total balance of $94.12 million, including the state accounts established by Public Law 18-107. The trust fund national account achieved a total return of 9.81 percent for the year. The FSM Congress in 2016 through appropriations, contributed to the trust fund, a total of $19.26 million (inclusive of FY 2016 and FY 2017 appropriations), and investment gains were over $7 million as of the year ending Dec. 31, 2016. Management fees and expenses totaled around 0.38 percent of the overall fund.

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Thu
09
Feb

Australia Workshops Help To Strengthen Democratic Processes In Solomon Islands

 

Australia is helping to strengthen democratic processes in Solomon Islands with workshops for political parties in Honiara this week and next. The Australian Electoral Commission is delivering two Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) workshops in partnership with the Solomon Islands Political Parties Commission and Electoral Commission.

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