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Forum Officials meet in Suva to prepare for Leaders Summit in Niue PDF Print E-mail

PAC – FOC: PACNEWS PACNEWS 2: Wed 23 July 2008

 

23 JULY 2008 SUVA (Pacnews) --- The Pacific Islands Forum’s Officials Committee (FOC) meets in Suva today to discuss among other things Wallis and Futuna’s application for associate membership.

 

If endorsed, the small island nation of approximately 15,000 population will join two other French Pacific Overseas Countries, French Polynesia and New Caledonia as associate members of the 16 member group.

 

Addressing senior regional government officials, acting secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Feleti Teo said, ‘a foundation has been built for further work to enhance regional co-operation with Wallis and Futuna on the many challenges it shares with other small Forum members.’

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Journals handed over to Fiji parliament PDF Print E-mail

18 JULY 2008 SUVA (Pacnews) ----- Journals documenting the proceedings of the Upper and Lower Houses of the Fiji Parliament between 2000 and 2006 were handed over by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to the Parliament Secretariat in a ceremony on Tuesday in Suva.

 

The Journals compiled through a UNDP Project that operationally closed last year, documents a portion of Fiji’s legislative history.

 

At the hand over ceremony, UNDP’s Acting Resident Representative, Toily Kurbanov said that this was a significant achievement for the Parliamentary Secretariat as the Journals will provide a valuable resource to the Public in years to come. He added that the UN is welcoming and encouraging Fiji’s return to democracy.

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Motion of no confidence delivered in Solomons PDF Print E-mail

SOL - PARLIAMENT : SIBC PACNEWS 3: Fri  18 July 2008  

Parliament receives motion of no confidence 

18 JULY 2008 HONIARA (Pacnews) ---- Solomon Islands Parliament has received the notice of  no confidence motion against the government  from the country’s Opposition group, SIBC reports. 

Clerk to Parliament Taeasi Sanga said the motion has been delivered to Parliament to be tabled when parliament meets next week.

She said  the MP for West Honiara Isaac Inoke Tosika would move the motion.Ms Taeasi said a date is yet to be set aside for the motion……PNS (ENDS)

 
Fiji can hold elections within time frame PDF Print E-mail

PAC – CONTACT GROUP: PACNEWS PACNEWS 3: Wed 16 July 2008  

Contact group says Fiji can hold elections within time frame   

16 JULY 2008 SUVA (Pacnews) ----- The Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Contact Group maintains there is no reason for Fiji’s interim regime to delay general elections next year. Australian foreign minister Stephen Smith told journalists in Suva that the election is “doable. “  

Their two day meeting focussed on the willingness and preparedness of the interim government to meet its undertaking in holding elections.

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Political leaders meet with Forum contact Group PDF Print E-mail

FIJI – POLITICAL PARTIES: PACNEWS PACNEWS 2: Wed 16 July 2008

Political leaders meet with Forum contact Group

16 JULY 2008 SUVA (Pacnews) ------ Fiji’s ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has told the high level Forum Ministerial Contact Group that the interim regime should honour its  promise to hold  elections next year.

Mr Qarase made the comment after an hour and half meeting with the Forum Contact group at the Forum Secretariat in Suva this morning.

“I reiterated that all efforts must be made towards having the election under the 1997 constitution.

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Forum Contact Group Meeting with Fiji PDF Print E-mail

PAC – FORUM VISIT : PACNEWS/FLIVE PACNEWS 2: Tues 15 July 2008  

Forum Contact group meeting with  Fiji interim regime fruitful: Peters  

15 JULY 2008 SUVA (Pacnews) ----- The Pacific Forum Ministerial Contact Group has met with Fiji’s interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama in its bid to pressure the Pacific nations to return to democratic rule as early as the first quarter of next year.New Zealand foregin minister Winston Peters described the meeting as “worthwhile.”

“It was as very useful meeting and I think the chairman of the group will tell you so as well the interim Prime minister.

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PNG LABOR UNION PROTESTS PAY HIKE FOR PARLIAMENT PDF Print E-mail

Notes workers paid less than $15 a week

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, July 9, 2008) –The PNG Trade Union Congress has slammed moves to increase parliamentary wages and allowances.

General secretary John Paska said in a statement that this was the most "putrid and irresponsible" statement coming out of Parliament when most ordinary citizens are suffering from high cost of goods and services.

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