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Oct

Second Group Of Tourism Ambassadors Being Trained In Vanuatu

 

A second group of 23 people is currently undertaking the Port Vila City Tourism Ambassador (PVCTA) training programme. VTO Information Services Manager, Sebastien Bador, said this activity is coordinated by the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) and facilitated by the Vanuatu Strategic Tourism Action Plan (VSTAP) with financial assistance from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

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Oct

Cook Islands Health Minister Named Chief Nursing Officer At WHO

 

Secretary of Health Elizabeth Iro has been appointed the chief nursing officer at the World Health Organisation (WHO). The appointment was made by the WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus earlier this week at the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific in Brisbane, Australia. “I am thrilled to welcome Ms Iro to our team as WHO’s chief nursing officer,” said Dr Tedros in a statement.

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Dates For French Polynesia Elections Proposed For Next Year

 

The next French Polynesian election is set to go ahead in two rounds in April and May. Tentatively, the French High Commission has approved April 22 and May 6 as dates to elect a new 57-member territorial assembly for a five-year term. The dates are expected to be officially confirmed in December.

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Oct

CNMI Couple Implicated In Foreign Labor Scam Acquitted

 

District Court for the NMI designated Senior Judge John C. Coughenour on Thursday acquitted Analyn Nunez and Shahinur Akhter, who were implicated in a foreign labor scam. Nunez, a document preparer for United Brothers which is doing business as TBK Auto Cares, was accused of mailing fraudulent CW-1 petitions to U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services.

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Oct

World Bank's 'Pacific Possible' Initiatives To Boost Economic Growth

 

The World Bank is convinced that its Pacific Possible PP initiatives will boost economic growth in the Pacific Island Countries PIC over the next 25 years. The World Bank on March 24 launched its report, the Pacific Possible PP “assessing transformative opportunities to boost economic growth in the Pacific over the next 25 years.”

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Oct

Australian Businesses Invested $680 Million In Fiji Between 2010-2016

 

Here have been a total of 336 Australian projects registered in Fiji between 2010 and 2016, worth around FJD$1.4b [US$680 millon]. This was said by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama's at the Australia-Fiji Business Council Forum in Sydney today. Mr Bainimarama said the Government has focused on two fronts, 'realising greater opportunity for Fijians at home and deepening our economic ties abroad, including here in Australia.'

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Oct

PNG's Pangu Pati Joins Government; Basil Rewarded With Ministry

 

Pangu Pati Leader Sam Basil has been rewarded a Ministry and his two party members are vice ministers for their move to join government. The three MP’s sworn into office at Government House this afternoon  were Basil Minister without portfolio and two vice ministers, Member for Sumkar Chris Yer Nangoi and Member for Lufa Moriape Kavori.

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Oct

French Polynesian Municipality To Pay Compensation For Drowning

 

A French Polynesian municipality has been ordered to pay $US200,000 over the drowning death of a paddle boarder 6 years ago. An appeal court ruling in Paris has upheld the complaint by the paddle boarder's family that the commune of Moorea had been negligent in warning about the risks at the reef passsage at Haapiti and that it had failed in its rescue efforts.

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13
Oct

Public Debt In CNMI Drops; Guam's More Than Doubles

 

In terms of public debt, the CNMI is doing better than Guam, based on the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s public debt report on the five U.S. territories. According to the report, the CNMI’s public debt went down from $251.7 million in fiscal year 2005 to $144.7 million in fiscal year 2015—a decline of $107 million. Comparatively, Guam’s public debt more than doubled—from almost $1 billion in fiscal year 2005 to $2.5 billion in fiscal year 2015, the GAO report noted.

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Oct

Solomon Islands PM Reshuffles Two Cabinet Members

 

Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare has reshuffled two of his senior cabinet ministers. Snyder Rini who had been the minister of finance since 2014 is now the minister of fisheries. John Maneniaru who was the fisheries minister is now the minister of finance.

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