News Releases

Thu
08
Sep

FSM Joins Smaller Islands States Of The Pacific Islands Forum

 

Leaders of the Smaller Islands States of the Pacific Islands Forum today welcomed the Federated States of Micronesia as their newest member. As the meeting got underway, Prime Minister of Cook Islands and Chair of the Smaller Island States, Henry Puna said “In the true Pacific Way, we wholeheartedly agreed to support and welcome FSM into the SIS family.” FSM President Peter Christian was then led into the chamber by the secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum, Meg Taylor.

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Thu
08
Sep

Solomon Islands Government Agressively Pursuing Anti-Corruption Strategy

 

The Solomon Islands Government is aggressively pursuing the implementation of its Anti-corruption development priority. A statement from the Government Communication Unit said whilst the Government is taking steps to correct the Anti-Corruption Bill, based on the comments of the Bills and Legislative Committee of Parliament, it has already commenced work on the formulation of the country’s first ever National Anti-Corruption Strategy. 

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Wed
07
Sep

10th Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders Statement to President Barack Obama and the Government of the United States of America

10th Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders Statement to President Barack Obama
and the Government of the United States of America

Enhancing Sustainability in Our Pacific Islands – Collective Action for Our Shared Future

August 31, 2016

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We, the elected Leaders and representatives of Pacific Islands Governments and Administrations present at the 10th Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders, gathered in Honolulu, Hawai’i on 31 August 2016:

  1. Welcome the foreign policy rebalance by the Obama Administration towards the Asia Pacific, and encourage the Government of the United States of America (US) to continue to enhance its relationship and engagement with the Pacific islands region in the spirit of partnership
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Tue
06
Sep

Asian Development Bank Failed To Consult Samoan Public About Land Reforms

 

The Asian Development Bank’s internal watchdog has found there is evidence that A.D.B. violated its operational policies in advising the Government of Samoa to adopt controversial land and financial sector reforms. The decision from the A.D.B. Compliance Review Panel came after a preliminary investigation into a complaint submitted by a group of Matai (chiefs of villages in Samoa) regarding a series of A.D.B. projects called Promoting Economic Use of Customary Land. 

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Mon
05
Sep

CNMI Civil Military Liaison Office Receives Grant To Engage With DOD Initiatives

Civil Military Liaison Office
Saipan, CNMI

September 6, 2016

Given the unique relationship between the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the United States government and the complexity of Department of Defense initiatives, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres believes it is imperative to pursue an engagement strategy that ensures strong stewardship, long term sustainability, and is mutually beneficial, non pre-decisional and collaborative.

With the establishment of the Civil Military Liaison Office through the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment Grant, the people of the Commonwealth can more proactively engage DoD initiatives.

According to Torres, current resources are insufficient to address the challenge in a timely and responsive manner; however, the Civil Military Liaison Office is an incremental approach in addressing proposed DoD activities such as live fire training, economic diversification and the CNMI Covenant.

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Mon
15
Aug

Solomon Islands Commits To Designing A Traditional Governance Policy

 

The Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) is taking a bold step towards designing a policy framework that will see traditional governance an integral part of the government system. The Prime Minister made the announcement in his keynote address at Malaita Province’s 33rd Second Appointed Day Anniversary celebration at the Auki Primary School field where a huge crowd braved the scotching sun and later a heavy downpour, to witness.

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Wed
10
Aug

Solomon Islands Refutes Claims Australia Set To Establish Permanent Police Presence

 

The Solomon Islands Government (SIG) Special Secretary for the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), Mr John Wasi has refuted perceptions that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) is planning to establish a permanent post in Solomon Islands in the post RAMSI period. He said rather what is happening is that Honiara and Canberra are dialoguing on a new Policing Cooperation framework and are now talking with an Australian design team on the ongoing policing assistance to Solomon Islands.

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Mon
18
Jul

Samoa PM Responds To Aussie TV Show ‘Paradise Lost’

 

On Monday, 4th July 2016, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi granted an interview with the 60 Minutes Television Crew from Australia who had requested comment from government on the Lauititi Tualima case, which was before the Court; and on security concerns and services at Tafa'igata Prison.  Last night (Sunday) the 60 Minutes segment aired in Australia and of the 13 minutes of story, less than two minutes were given to the Prime Minister's responses.

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Wed
13
Jul

Palau Community College's Accreditation Reaffirmed

 

Palau Community College recently received a letter from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges President Dr. Barbara A. Beno regarding its accreditation status. As of July 8, 2016 the accreditation status of the community college had been reaffirmed for 18 months.

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Thu
07
Jul

CNMI Congressmen Pushes U.S. Congress To Renew Palau Compact

 

 

U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan called for approval this year of the long overdue extension of the Compact of Free Association between the United States and the Republic of Palau. At a hearing he requested on his bipartisan legislation, approving the 15-year extension, Sablan outlined both the geopolitical rationale and the good-faith principle for the U.S. to keep its promise to its longtime Pacific ally. The Compact first went into force in 1994 with congressional approval. Palau reached agreement with U.S. negotiators on the terms of an extension in 2010, but Congress has never approved that deal.

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