Category: South Pacific

Fijians pay tribute to Somare

Sir Michael died last Friday following a short illness aged 84. Frank Bainimarama said he was saddened at the loss of his friend and Pacific iconic leader. Bainimarama said there has been a great mourning across PNG and the Pacific…

Micronesian sub-grouping walks out over selection of new secretary-general The Pacific Islands Forum – the Pacific’s most influential regional body – is in disarray after nearly one-third of its member countries quit en masse. The countries of the Micronesian sub-grouping – Palau,…

The decision by Micronesian countries to leave the PIF will have major strategic implications. By Cleo Paskal, The DIPLOMAT Five countries just pulled out of the Pacific Islands Forum. This is geopolitically more important than it might seem. It is a very serious strategic…

Five nations from the region have nominated candidates for the position of Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat to replace the incumbent, Papua New Guinea’s Dame Meg Taylor, whose contract ends in January 2021. The holder of…

Oct 20, 2020, Vanuatu Daily Post The Governments of the Republic of Vanuatu and Australia are pleased to be working in partnership to establish the Pacific Fusion Centre permanently in Port Vila. The Pacific Fusion Centre will build regional capacity…

The Melanesian Spearhead Group’s secretariat is holding discussions on a ‘Melanesian Bubble’ initiative. Talks at the secretariat in Port Vila come as MSG member states struggle with economic strains caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. For the MSG’s five full members…