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Crucial Decisions for Pacific Islands Forum

-- The future of the oceans is high on the agenda as the Republic of Palau prepares for Tuesday’s opening of the Pacific Islands Forum. As leaders gather in Koror for the 45th Forum meeting, there will be a series of side meetings discussing the sustainable management, conservation and exploitation of ocean resources. Pacific governments are preparing to intervene in global debates on sustainable development, and this year’s theme is “The Ocean: Life and Future.”
With New Zealand Prime Minister John Key preparing for elections and Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia missing his first Forum to cope with fallout from the Malaysian airlines disaster, the prime ministers of Vanuatu and the Cook Islands will also be absent from this week’s gathering.
The absence of leaders might suggest that this annual meeting is losing its cachet. For Forum Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade, however, decisions taken at the Palau gathering will have “far reaching consequences.”
“It’s a meeting th…

What should we expect from Pacific regionalism?

By Seini O'Connor
Development Policy Center, Australian National University.   29  July 14

Over the next few days the presidents, prime ministers and premiers of small Pacific island countries—and of their two close neighbours, New Zealand and Australia—will gather for the annual Pacific Islands Forum in the Republic of Palau. For the government of Palau, the secretariat of the forum, and the central and foreign affairs ministries in the forum’s member countries, the event commands considerable attention. But what will it mean for the people of the Pacific? There are compelling reasons for Pacific countries to work together—and getting together to talk helps the working process, especially in a region where good communications services are still lacking. Perhaps more fundamentally, talking can build shared identity and solidarity, which in turn can bring about change on the international stage: one of the early resolutions of the forum was a unanimous rejection of nuclea…

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Too Much Talk 

Too much talk. Just try and concentrate  on the road ahead.

Tell the people what new things you are going to bring us and how you will achieve them. Some have talked about unemployment, I suppose they will create employment. Please tell us how you will achieve this.

Education is also an issue, How will you lift the education system. And can someone tell us what the problem is?

What about villages prone to floods? What about Nadi town, anyone will address the now many floods.

What about glue sniffing amongst our children and the stray dog problem?

What about the disappearing mangrove ?
What about the easy degrees and diplomas one can  attain now as opposed to the past?

There are so many what abouts I can ask but what we want the political parties to do is to provide some answers about what the will do. Not give just the same old talk.

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for p…

News and Comments Thursday 31 July

WOMEN CHIEFS TO BE RECOGNIZED. ITAUKEI women who hold chiefly titles in iTaukei communities will be publicly recognised at the first ever Fijian women's expo.

Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni said a seminar called the Marama Ni Yavusa seminar would be held to allow them to understand their roles and empower women in their communities upon the completion of the expo.

"This is the first time we will bring together traditional leaders and we want to make them feel important by meeting and sharing experiences and provide them training for better communication skills so they can be effective so when they go back they will be able to take control of the traditional position they have inherited."

The expo, to be held at the Vodafone Arena from August 6-8, is expected to attract about 3000 women and is going to be the first and the biggest of its kind in Fiji.

Women who produce handicraft items made from Fijian raw materials will have a chance to showcase their talents at the three…

Lack of Expertise

The  AG blames  the media for the lack of analysis in the media on economic issues related to the forthcoming election. 
He is right in saying that there's a limited analysis but  wrong in blaming the journalists. Few are sufficiently qualified to be able to  analyse economic issues, and until the media pays better and attracts more suitably qualified people to journalism, the situation is unlikely to change.
Meanwhile, the media will have to rely on expertise from outside, particularly from the universities. It is hoped that academics will be sufficiently dispassionate to analyse these issues objectively  and not be carried away with political spleen.

Double Talk, Tears and Deception in Kadavu

Saying one thing while meaning another is called double talk and people in Fiji are hearing a lot of this in the lead up to the elections.
Take, for example, three incident during the recent visit of SODELPA to the island of Kadavu. 
Incident 1. Double Talk.  Elsewhere, Fijians are bombarded with news from all the political parties, but according to islander Lemeki Nabua the SODELPA visit  was an "eye opener". Apparently, people on Kadavu  had only been “hearing what the current government has been doing.”
 “Don’t get us wrong,” he said. “We are appreciative of the assistance that government has provided for us”, but  “development is the responsibility of any government in return for revenue earned from VAT on goods and services.” 
He thought Government should have consulted the people before passing new laws, expressing concern about the removal of the Fijian Affairs Scholarship which leaves “parents struggling to send our children to tertiary education.” ¹
In other words, Lemek…

Helping SODELPA Lose the Elections

I picked this up on Facebook:
"We made a big mistake freezing Rabuka out. Ro Teimimumu only
stood for the leadership to block his return but he would have been a big plus and he has been sitting on the sidelines sniping when he could have been out spreading the message.

Qarase is behaving like an old fool. Fancy telling the people in Lau that they were going to be sold to the Chinese. Even they thought "this guy must be gaga". Unfortunately the Baini is right when he tells people SODELPA is treating people like fools. Qarase needs to understand that things are not the same. The old tactics don't work.

Even in Kadavu to his and Ro Teimumu's faces, ordinary people have been praising the Government for their service delivery. When that
happens, we're in big trouble. We have to offer them something other than just harping on about i'Taukei scholarships etc. For God's sake, their kids are getting their school fees paid and they are hundreds …