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Tuesday 11 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Wednesday 22 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Friday 17 August 2012
Singapore
We have studied the US Department of State's country report on human rights practices in Singapore, and note with disappointment that it again includes the same gross inaccuracies and misrepresentations of the Singapore Government's policies that we have rebutted in detail year after year. – Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Thursday 9 August 2012
Bangkok, Thailand
Unacceptable physical abuse is causing long-term damage to the lives and futures of far too many children in East Asia and the Pacific, according to a report released by UNICEF, August 8.
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Tuesday 7 August 2012
Auckland, New Zealand
After one of the largest recent La Niña periods on record, which caused drought in the Pacific Island countries of Tuvalu and Tokelau, the Pacific Ocean is returning to a near normal state. - The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research NIWA.
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Wednesday 4 July 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Those wishing to take Pacific style, hand woven or tapa cloth mats into New Zealand need to be taken to Tonga MAFFF for inspection and/or treatment before departure, as a Phytosanitary certificate will have to be issued by them to attest to the inspection and treatment they had carried out. – NZ High Commission.
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Sunday 1 July 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a Press Release on Friday June 29, the Ministry of Finance and National Planning stated that during times of economic slowdown it remained the responsibility of government to protect the livelihood of its most vulnerable people. The Prime Minister told parliament that government is proposing a $1.6 million Social Benefits Scheme for the Elderly to be implemented on 1 September 2012, which is based on monthly stipend of about $65 pa'anga for 2,082 eligible people as reported in the 2006 Census.
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Monday 11 June 2012
Port Vila, Vanuatu
More than 300 officials from the European Union and the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States will convene this week in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu for one of the most important meetings of the year between the two groups.
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Tuesday 29 May 2012
Geveva, Switzerland
It is indeed an honour and a privilege to address this important assembly today, on behalf of the Pacific island nations, namely: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and my own country, Tonga.
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Wednesday 9 May 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u left Tonga on Saturday May 5 to attend special events in London, to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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Thursday 3 May 2012
Tokyo, Japan
Japan, as a development partner on an equal footing, has been working together with PICs in their nation building. "Kizuna," or the bond of friendship between Japan and PICs is deeply rooted in the fact that we share the same Pacific Ocean and the common spirits of islanders nurtured by this great Ocean.
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Thursday 3 May 2012
Washington DC, USA
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde Welcomes Progress towards Using US$1.1 Billion of Gold Profits as part of a strategy to Boost Concessional Lending to Low-Income Countries and Calls on More Members to Join Effort.
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Tuesday 17 April 2012
Washington, USA
Dr. Jim Yong Kim, in response to his selection by the World Bank's Executive Directors as 12th President of the World Bank, spoke of a global consensus around the importance of inclusive growth in a rapidly changing world. He believed there was a need to foster an institution that responds effectively to the needs of its diverse clients and donors, and among other things, "amplifies the voices of developing countries".
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Friday 13 April 2012
Washington, USA
The global economy must help deliver the right type of growth and the jobs that people need. That is not happening on the scale needed right now and therefore some fundamental issues need to be addressed, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, said in an address to the Brookings Institute, on April 12, when she called on strengthened cooperation and a strengthened IMF to help take advantage of "the tectonic shifts taking place in the global economy", and to achieve equitable and inclusive growth.
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Wednesday 11 April 2012
Manila, Philippines
Economic growth in the Pacific region is expected to slow to 6.0% in 2012, decelerating further to 4.1% in 2013, while inflation is expected to hold at moderate levels in much of the Pacific, according to the Asian Development Outlook 2012, released today by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
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Tuesday 10 April 2012
Vienna, Austria
Niue signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) today, becoming the 183rd country to do so. Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), said: "I welcome Niue to the CTBT family of nations. Niue's signature of the CTBT consolidates the Pacific region's firm stand against nuclear testing and closes the door on nuclear testing a bit further. I also hope that this step will serve to encourage other Pacific Island States that have not yet done so to sign and or ratifiy the Treaty at the earliest opportunity."
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Wednesday 28 March 2012
Apia, Samoa
On her first visit to Samoa as the new World Bank Regional Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, Pamela Cox told Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi that the Bank hopes to offer Samoa up to US$100 million in concessional finance and grants over the next five years to increase resilience against shocks and generate opportunities from greater global and regional integration. She said the Bank would encourage private investment and broad-based growth, with a strong focus on helping farmers to improve yields and access new opportunities to sell their products.
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Thursday 22 March 2012
Suva, Fiji
World Water Day is an annual event to help focus the world's attention on water and its development and conservation. It is observed every 22 March. The global theme this year is 'Water and food security – The world is thirsty because we are hungry'. The Pacific theme for World Water Day 2012 is 'Water Security is Food Security'.
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Thursday 22 March 2012
Washington, USA
Mr. Min Zhu, Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will visit Apia, Samoa, on March 23, 2012 to address a high-level conference co-hosted with the Government of Samoa on "Fostering Inclusive Growth and Building Resilience" in the Pacific islands.
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Wednesday 14 March 2012
London, United Kingdom
Vijay Krishnarayan, heralding from Trinidad and Tobago and current Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, has been appointed Director of the intergovernmental organisation.
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