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“Affinities of history and inheritance from the past are strong, yet we are bound together by a sense that the Commonwealth is a powerful influence of good for the future… It is this unity that is expressed in this year’s theme: ‘Team Commonwealth’,” the Queen of the Commonwealth stated in her Commonwealth Day 2014 message, released today.
Monday 10 March 2014
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The Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA has become a new partner to the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility PRIF, the Asian Development Bank ADB announced today, 26 November.
Tuesday 26 November 2013
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This week’s Pacific Islands Forum focuses on: “Marshalling a Pacific Response to Climate Change” when the leaders of the Pacific Island Forum will propose the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership, to galvanize a new wave of climate action. At this critical time in the history of the Pacific, it is essential the discussion goes beyond words and pledges and results in concrete actions and commitments, from all actors, to combat climate change. - World Bank Group.
Monday 2 September 2013
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The New Zealand Government stepped up its travel advisory for visitors to Tonga, as the MA-60 aircraft, operated by REAL Tonga started commercial passenger flights to Vava‘u on Saturday August 10.
Monday 12 August 2013 - 2 comments
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Trade Ministers from the Pacific Island Countries have been cautioned over the dangers of liberalising trade in services and investment. “Any binding commitments on services and investment will limit the policy space that the Pacific has to define and determine for itself how it wants to pursue its own development.” – Adam Wolfenden.
Thursday 18 July 2013
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A New Zealand immigration adviser charged her client $3000 but did not lodge her visa application.
Tuesday 4 June 2013
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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has elected its new president. Japan’s Former Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, Takehiko Nakao will succeed Haruhiko Kuroda, also a former Japanese Parliamentarian who handed in his resignation in March.
Wednesday 1 May 2013
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IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton (yesterday, 25 April) called on European policy makers to take decisive and sustained actions to strengthen the continent’s prospects for growth and avoid the risk of stagnation.
Friday 26 April 2013
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The 44th Pacific Islands Forum and related meetings will be held from 3 to 6 September 2013 in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Wednesday 3 April 2013
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The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat PIFS will soon begin work on a case study of the Tonga Energy Roadmap (TERM) for regional and global learning and replication.
Sunday 31 March 2013
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On March 11, 2013, Japan remembers the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. People across Japan are holding events to pay tribute to the memory of loved victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
Wednesday 13 March 2013
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“This year’s Commonwealth theme, ‘Opportunity through Enterprise’, is a celebration of our achievements, particularly those that may have seemed challenging, daunting or even impossible, which have helped to build strength, resilience and pride in our young people, in our communities and in our nations.
Monday 11 March 2013
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Four years after the onset of the global financial crisis, the world economy remains fragile and growth in high-income countries is weak. Developing countries need to focus on raising the growth potential of their economies, while strengthening buffers to deal with risks from the Euro Area and fiscal policy in the United States, says the World Bank.
Friday 18 January 2013
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Today (November 15), the World Bank Board of Directors approved a US$1.8 million grant for Tonga, to help strengthen the economy and improve critical service delivery for its population of 104,000 people.
Monday 19 November 2012
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The Strengthening Pacific Economic Integration Through Trade SPEITT Programme is funded under the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund (EDF). Its objective is to improve economic integration through strengthened national systems and institutional frameworks to develop trade capacity, increase private sector competitiveness and increase international market access. – Chairman of SPEITT PSC, Mr Shiu Raj.
Tuesday 6 November 2012
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Meeting in Fiji on 17–18 October the Heads of Quarantine of Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and established a new forum for collaboration on technical issues currently limiting trade. Elvis Silvestrini, Fiji’s Head of Quarantine and inaugural Chair of the new group said, “We all want profitable and safe trade between Pacific Island countries, and also with our bigger trading partners. We need to work together to make that happen.” - PHAMA press release.
Wednesday 24 October 2012
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Samoa provides the most business-friendly environment for local entrepreneurs in the Pacific region, according to a new report from IFC and the World Bank that measures the ease of doing business. – IFC/World Bank.
Tuesday 23 October 2012
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A week-long celebration of Tongan arts and culture will be launched on Monday 24 September at the Mangere Arts Centre - Nga Tohu o Uenuku, in New Zealand. The Matala festival will feature dance, theatre, poetry, music with traditional and contemporary faikava, and bring together Tongan artists and members of the Tongan community.
Tuesday 18 September 2012
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On early Tuesday morning the 4 of September Customs Officers seized a large number of items that had been moved without Customs authorization from an overseas vessel while it was in Nuku’alofa port. – Ministry of Revenue, Government of Tonga.
Tuesday 11 September 2012
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The World Bank and the Government of Tonga today signed a US$2.9 million grant agreement to implement the Tonga Energy Road Map, which will improve the access, efficiency and cost of energy for Tonga’s 104,000 people. The Government of Australia, through the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility, is contributing US$2.5 million of the total grant, according to a press statement by the World Bank today.
Wednesday 22 August 2012
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