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International Finance Corp Helps Vanuatu Open Up Chinese Tourism Market

 

Becky Last, International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Tourism Operation Officer (Pacific), explains that, IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has been working with the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) as part of the signed MOU partnership agreement for the last four years to grow the tourist market from China, with the goal of diversifying Vanuatu’s source markets into one of the world’s fastest-growing outbound tourism and travel market. A workshop in Port Vila was recently held in partnership with the Pacific Trade and Invest (PT& I) and the VTO on attracting Chinese tourists including lessons learned in developing this emerging market.

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Pacific Community, ILO Partnership To Improve Labor Statistics In Pacific

 

The International Labour Organisation and the Pacific Community have signed a memorandum of understanding to improve Pacific labour market information systems and labour statistics. Signed in Suva, the memorandum aims for improved data analysis to feed into development policies and to strengthen the capacity of Pacific Island countries to conduct labour force surveys.

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PM's Malta Trip Strengthens Cook Islands Connections To Europe

 

Prime minister Henry Puna signed two major deals in his Malta trip last week. The Cook Islands and Malta have formalised the establishment of diplomatic relations through a signing ceremony in Malta last week, in the margins of the European Union (EU) Oceans Conference.

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Fiji Prime Minister Trip To Canada, US Deemed 'Resounding Success'

 

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s visits to Canada and the United States to meet Fijians there were a resounding success. He and wife Mary were overwhelmed by the show of support from Fijians representing different ethnic groups. Huge crowds attended gatherings where the Bainimaramas were official guests, including the celebrations to mark Fiji Day.

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Nauru To Tap UN Green Climate Fund For Port Upgrades

 

The United Nations' Green Climate Fund has approved a multimillion dollar upgrade of the Nauru port. At its board meeting in Egypt, the fund approved the US$27 million project to help Nauru counter the effects of climate change. The project involves the Nauru government partnering with the Asian Development Bank to give the port a much-needed upgrade.

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Actor Sam Neill Films Captain Cook Documentary On Tonga

 

Actor and story-teller Sam Neill, completed several days filming in Tongatapu on October 2, for a landmark documentary that will be broadcast in 2018. This 6-part documentary series explores the three voyages of Captain James Cook using a contemporary journey across the Pacific Ocean. Sam (Jurassic Park, Dead Calm, The Piano) is the host. "Uncharted – With Sam Neill" will be a major television event broadcast on the Foxtel history channel and NZ Prime TV in 2018 to mark the 250thanniversary of Cook's first voyage to the Pacific.

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Stars Of Oceania Awards Recognizes Leadership Role Of Women

 

The leadership role of women and their resilience in forging ahead despite difficult circumstances has been celebrated in this year's Stars of Oceania awards hosted by American Samoa. Eight of the 13 recipients of the awards, sponsored by the University of Hawaii's Pacific Business Center, were women. One was Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, who, in her keynote speech spoke about the influence of her mother, the challenges she faced as a young single woman claiming titles that belonged to her father, the first prime minister of Samoa.

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06
Oct

Australia TV Reports That Chinese Nationals Deported From Fiji Were Sex Workers

 

The 77 Chinese nationals deported from Fiji by uniformed Chinese police in August were sex workers, Background Briefing has been told, in a challenge to official claims they were involved in an online gambling fraud ring. The ABC understands the deportees were mainly young women brought to Fiji to service the Chinese diaspora, but the Fijian government has refused to confirm or deny these claims. Footage shows police escorting the group from a gated suburban house in Nadi onto a bus.

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Vanuatu Prime Minister Cancels Overseas Trip To Comfort Ambae Evacuees

 

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai had to cancel an overseas trip to an ICT conference, which he was supposed to address on Sunday, to instead visit the people of Ambae that have been evacuated to Sanma and Penama Provinces. Public Relations Officer, Hilaire Bule, said the Prime Minister first went to Pentecost, then Santo on his two-day visit.

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French Polynesia Court Orders Former President, Co-Conspirators To Repay $3.3 Million

 

An appeals court has ordered French Polynesia's former president, Gaston Flosse, and 12 others to jointly repay $US3.3 million they misspent on so-called phantom jobs. The ruling comes four years after France's highest court upheld Flosse's conviction, giving him a four-year suspended prison sentence and barring him from holding public office for three years.

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