Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 872


1) Melanesian Spearhead Group delays decision on West Papua membership

Updated 18 June 2013, 9:52 AEST

A bid by the Free West Papua movement to join regional Pacific body the Melanesian Spearhead Group has been deferred by at least six months.

A bid by the Free West Papua movement to join regional Pacific body the Melanesian Spearhead Group has been deferred by at least six months.

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) brings together the leaders of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, along with New Caledonia’s indigenous political movement FLNKS.

The Free West Papua movement is pushing for independence from Indonesia and sees membership of the MSG as a step towards international recognition.

PacNews reports foreign ministers gathered in Lifou, the capital of New Caledonia’s Loyalty Islands, have resolved to defer the decision until they’ve sent a delegation to Jakarta and Jayapura.

Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola told the meeting Indonesia extended the invitation earlier this month.

He says Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands take the same position when it comes to the Indonesian province of Papua.

“All MSG countries share the same view that we would like to some form of self-determination for West Papua,” he said.

Vanuatu’s foreign minister Edward Natapei says his country strongly backed the bid to have it discussed at this meeting, but was outnumbered.

“We have to comply with the majority,” he said.

“All we want is some timeline so that we are sure that this issue is going to be dealt within this year – at least that is a start for us.”

Mr Natapei says Vanuatu’s prime minister will raise the issue with other leaders when their retreat gets underway on Thursday.

The leaders will also consider whether to approve the foreign ministers’ decision to send a delegation to Jakarta and Jayapura.

2a) West Papua decision deferred

By Online Editor
08:53 am GMT+12, 18/06/2013, New Caledonia

By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Lifou, New Caledonia

The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL) will wait for at least another six months before its application for full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) is determined.

MSG Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting in Lifou, the capital of New Caledonia’s Loyalty Islands resolved Monday to defer a decision on its membership until a ministerial mission returns from Jakarta and Jayapura to see first-hand the situation on the ground.

Fiji’s foreign affairs minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola conveyed to the MSG an invitation for a ministerial group to visit Indonesia and West Papua before the end of the year.

“We have agreed on the invitation which was extended to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, as chairman of the MSG, only two weeks ago, on the third of June. The invitation was conveyed by senior minister Djoko Suyanto who came to Nadi for a day visit to hold bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Bainimarama.

During deliberations to discuss the application by the Port Vila based West Papuan independence movement, Ratu Inoke revealed that Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Island took the same position.

“All MSG countries share the same view that we would like to some form of self determination for West Papua.

However, Vanuatu, one of the strong backers of the West Papuan membership of the MSG, had to agree with the majority decision, to move discussion on the West Papuan issue.

Deputy Prime Minister and minister for foreign affairs, Edward Natapei speaking to journalists after the discussion said Vanuatu was ‘outnumbered by the majority.’

“It seems we were outnumbered and we have to comply with the majority.

“All we want is some timeline so that we are sure that this issue is going to be dealt within this year. At least that is a start for us.

“If this meeting is to be held this year, then we are happy because we would like to keep the issue alive so that we can go to Indonesia and raise this issue there.

Natapei has indicated that his Prime Minister, Moana Carcasse Kalosil will raise the issue of West Papua again at the Leaders Retreat on Thursday.

“This issue will certainly come up again. I raised this issue here on the instructions of my PM so he will raise it at the Leaders Retreat.”

Natapei is hopeful that Vanuatu will be part of the mission to Indonesia and West Papua.

Under Fiji’s chairmanship, the MSG’s concerns for human rights abuses and violations in West Papua were raised during bilateral talks between Commodore Bainimarama and the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2011, said Ratu Inoke.

A date for the mission, before the end of the year will be confirmed once Indonesia confirms the time of the visit.

The new chair of the MSG foreign ministers meeting, Madame Caroline Machoro-Regnier echoed the general desire of Melanesia to address and find solutions to the sufferings of the people of West Papua.

“We cannot just leave the issue aside, especially the violations of their human rights and the sufferings that the people of West Papua have had to endure.

However, Madame Machoro-Regnier agreed that the issue is a sensitive one that can affect relations between Indonesia and other nations in the MSG group.

The recommendation for a ministerial visit will now go before MSG Leaders later this week for approval.


2b)West Papuans disappointed with MSG stance

Posted at 07:22 on 18 June, 2013 UTC

The Secretary General of the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation Rex Rumakiek has expressed disappointment at signs the Melanesian Spearhead Group will defer a decision on the West Papuan application for membership in the group.

A decision on the formal application by the Coalition was expected at the 19th MSG Leaders Summit, which gets underway in New Caledonia tomorrow.

The summit has been preceded by a meeting of MSG Foreign Ministers who say the political sensitivity of the West Papuan self-determination issue is such the MSG needs more time to consider the membership bid.

Papua is part of Indonesia, which is an MSG Observer.

While the MSG leaders have the ultimate say on the matter, Mr Rumakiek says the suffering of West Papuans must be considered.

“We as an organisation representing a people who have been suffering for fifty years, we do respect the decision of whatever they come up with but we do hope that the leaders will not accept the position, the officials’ decision on this because we’ve suffered for fifty years and we don’t want to suffer for another fifty years.”

Rex Rumakiek

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3) Papua police station burnt down following police brutality report

Posted at 22:38 on 17 June, 2013 UTC

Hundreds of residents attacked and burned down a police station in Indonesia’s Papua province following a rumor that a police officer had beaten a drunk resident.

A Papua Police spokesman says two officers attempting to disperse the mob in Oksibil on Sunday suffered head injuries after being pelted with stones

He says locals heard a rumor that a local had been beaten by an officer but he adds the officer had beeing trying to arrest the drunk man who resisted and then fought with the officer.

Armed with traditional weapons, the villagers then attacked the police station and set it ablaze. The mob also damaged two police cars and 25 motorcycles.

High ranking police officers and reinforcements have arrived in Oksibil following the arson attack.

In July 2007, the same police station was damaged by angry residents following the death of a civil servant, who had been taken into custody for drunk and disorderly behavior.

Radio New Zealand International

4a) PNG PM on trade mission to Jakarta

By Online Editor
5:02 pm GMT+12, 18/06/2013, Indonesia

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, for talks on trade and investment between the neighbouring countries.

Several deals have been struck to increase trade and business between the countries, and create the first direct flights between Jakarta and Port Moresby.

The leaders say the relationship has been taken to a new level.

PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill described the talks as an historic moment.

“This is the beginning of a new chapter in that relationship,” he said.

Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono talked of the good relations that could be built on.

“I am hoping that your visit will mark another milestone for strengthening and expanding our bilateral friendship, co-operation and partnership,” he said.

Papua New Guinea borders Indonesia’s restive province of West Papua, and O’Neill re-stated PNG’s position that it respects Indonesia’s sovereignty in West Papua.

“I want to stress here that we, Papua New Guinea, stand ready to assist in whatever way we can in managing some of the challenges that we continue to face in those two provinces,” he said.

West Papua’s separatist movement says it’s routinely subjected to human rights abuses by Indonesian police and military.

Indonesian Presidential spokesman Teuku Faizasyah says there was no talk of that.

“No, no, there’s no discussion on human rights,” he said.

“I believe what they say is our strong commitment to conduct with the prosperity approach is something that they fully support.”

O’Neill has brought a large delegation with him to discuss new partnerships in minerals and gas, youth, sport and higher education.

The two countries have also discussed the problem of people moving between their shared border of West Papua, and how to create an easier visa system.

5) Fiji’s Social Democratic Liberal Party to select interim board

By Online Editor
4:57 pm GMT+12, 18/06/2013, Fiji

Fiji’s Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) will be meeting this Thursday to discuss the party constitution and select an interim board.

SODELPA general secretary Pio Tabaiwalu told FijiLive that an interim board will be selected to run party affairs before anything is finalised.

“We will be choosing a committee to be responsible for the selection of a new party leader,” Tabaiwalu said.

“We will also be looking at how our party will best operate given that it is new party and we look forward to all submissions that will be made by our supporters and members who will attend,” he said.

He said they will not be further deliberating on the draft constitution as they have already made submissions towards it.

“We only hope that government will include what we have made in our submissions in the new constitution.”

He is also calling on all SODELPA members and supporters to come and attend their meeting.



6) Tonga PM’s Libel Case Part Of Political Feud: Academic
Koloamatangi also notes conflict of interest at court

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 17, 2013) – A Tongan academic in New Zealand says the latest defamation action in Tonga against the Kele’a newspaper is all part of an ongoing feud between politicians.

Lord Tuivakano and six cabinet ministers won a claim against the newspaper after a letter to the editor published in October 2012 mentioned accusations other Parliamentarians had made against them.

The Justice Minister Clive Edwards was one of the plaintiffs and also appeared as their legal representative.

Dr. Malakai Koloamatangi, the Pasifika Director at Massey University in Auckland, says that was a conflict of interest, and this is another chapter in a long feud between Mr. Edwards and People’s Representative ’Akilisi Pohiva, who is seen as being one with the newspaper.

“It is odd that the Minister for Justice is the lawyer in front of a local judge who is appointed by the ministry. That has to be cleared up. But you know there has always been this long-standing feud between Edwards and Pohiva in the Kele’a so it’s part of that long-running saga.”

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7) Melanesian Spearhead Group holim bek disisen long West Papua

Postim 18 June 2013, 10:23 AEST

Oli surikim igo bek long sikpela mun wanpela laik bilong Free West Paua movment long joinim Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Melanesian Spearhead Group i bringim wantaim ol lida bilong Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands na Vanuatu wantaim tu ol as ples pipal bilong New Caledonia politikal movement FLKS.

Free West Papua movement i laik kisim indipendens lusim Indonesia na i lukim kamap memba bilong MSG i wanpela step igo het long oli luksave long en long ol narapela hap bilong wold.

PacNews i ripot olsem ol foren minista i go bung long Lifou, kapital bilong Loyalty Islands bilong New Caledonia ibin pasim tingting long surukim disisen igo nap long wnapela ministiral misin igo bek bihain long visitim Jakarta na Yayapura.

Foran Minista bilong fiji, Raut Inoke Kabuabola ibin tokim miting olsem Indonesia i bin putim aut dispela invetesen long stat bilong dispela mun.

Em i tok, Fiji, Papua New Guinea na Solomon Islands i kisim sem posisen taim em i kamap dispela Indonesian provins bilong Papua.

Em i bin tok olgeta MSG kantri i gat wankin tingting olsem oli laikim sampela kain bilong self-gavman bilong West Papua.

Foran Minista bilong Vanuatu Edward Natapei i tok kantri bilong em i givim strongpela halivim long indipendens tasol planti namba ibin winim em.

Em i tok oli mas bihainim tingting bilong planti pipal.

Edward Natapei i tok emi laikim oli putim taim olsem oli ken save oli ken dil wantaim dispela iusi insait long dispela yar.

Mr Natapei i tok praim minista bilong Vanuatu bai autim dispela ius wantaim ol narapela lida long ritrit i stat long Fonde.

Ol ting ol lida bai givim tok orait long husat bai i stap long lain oli salim igo long Jakarta na Yayapura.


8) Kelompok Melanesia tunda keputusan keanggotaan Papua Barat

Diperbaharui 18 June 2013, 13:31 AEST

Upaya gerakan Free West Papua untuk menjadi anggota badan regional Pasifik, Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), telah ditunda paling tidak enam bulan.

Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) terdiri dari para pemimpin Fiji, Papua Nugini, Kepulauan Solomon dan Vanuatu, serta gerakan politik bumiputra Kaledonia Baru, FLNKS.

Gerakan Free West Papua memandang keanggotaan MSG sebagai suatu langkah maju untuk mendapat pengakuan internasional.

PacNews melaporkan para Menteri Luar Negeri yang berkumpul di Lifou, ibukota Kepulauan Loyalty, Kaledonia Baru, telah memutuskan untuk menunda keputusan sampai mereka mengirim sebuah delegasi ke Jakarta dan Jayapura.

Menteri Luar Negeri Fiji, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, mengatakan pada pertemuan itu, Indonesia menyampaikan undangan awal bulan ini.

Ia mengatakan, Fiji, Papua Nugini dan Kepulauan Solomon mengambil sikap yang sama tentang Papua.

“Semua negara MSG mempunyai pandangan yang sama bahwa kita menginginkan suatu bentuk penentuan nasib sendiri untuk Papua Barat,” katanya.

Menteri Luar Negeri Vanuatu Edward Natapei mengatakan, negaranya sangat ingin membahas soal Papua Barat pada pertemuan itu, tapi kalah suara.

“Yang kita inginkan adalah suatu kerangka waktu supaya masalah ini ditangani tahun ini – paling tidak dimulai tahun ini.”

Edward Natapei mengatakan Perdana Menteri Vanuatu akan mengemukakan masalah ini dengan para pemimpin lain.

Para pemimpin MSG juga akan mempertimbangkan apakah akan menyetujui keputusan menteri-menteri luar negeri untuk mengirim sebuah delegasi ke Jakarta dan Jayapura.


9a) Océan Pacifique ou océan poubelle

Posté à 18 June 2013, 8:43 AEST

Pierre Riant

Avertissement d’un expert maritime de renom : le Pacifique est menacé par une quantité toujours croissante de déchets et par les eaux usées non traitées.

Les plupart des déchets en plastique finissent dans l’océan Pacifique. (Credit: AAP)

Joeli Veitayaki, directeur de l’École des Études Marines à l’Université du Pacifique Sud de Fidji, souligne que les questions de gestion des déchets sont d’une importance capitale dans le Pacifique puisque l’océan est la principale source d’alimentation de nombreuses populations.

VEITAYAKI : « C’est effectivement sérieux quand on considère deux choses. L’une, c’est la quantité de déchets qui sont maintenant dans l’environnement marin et dans les zones qui conduisent vers cet environnement : les rivières et tous les plans d’eau.

La deuxième, c’est que l’océan fournit le plus gros de la nourriture dont dépendent les populations du Pacifique. Si vous considérez ces deux côtés, je vous laisse imaginer le sérieux de ce problème. »

Et bien justement, parlons-en. À quel point la situation est-elle urgente ? Est-ce que cette pollution va affecter nos moyens de subsistance, nos économies et notre santé ?

VEITAYAKI : « Et bien oui, tous ces problèmes touchent au bien-être économique d’un pays et à notre santé. Dans certaines nations, des personnes sont continuellement malades en raison des maladies propagées par l’eau qu’elles utilisent, de l’eau polluée.

Et il faut de l’argent pour soigner des personnes malades. Le problème de la pollution touche à toutes les activités économiques de la plupart des petites nations océaniennes. »

Une pollution qui peut affecter aussi des activités économiques majeures, le marché lucratif du thon par exemple.

VEITAYAKI : « Oui et ça a été toujours un problème parce que nous ne savons exactement où ces ressources transfrontalières se déplacent. Le thon par exemple pourrait être affecté par les activités d’un pays du Bassin du Pacifique. Je fais référence à la centrale nucléaire japonaise et tout ça. »

En matière de gestion des déchets, il semblerait que des mesures immédiates devraient être prises. Mais si c’est le cas,  rien ne dit que des sociétés ou des individus vont changer leur manière d’agir ?

VEITAYAKI : « Mais ça serait un point de départ. Il faut espérer que les petites îles du Pacifique vont essayer de faire face aux problèmes. En fin de compte, ce sont elles qui sont en première ligne, elles sont l’avenir de leur population, C’est à elles de faire face aux problèmes et de leur donner l’attention qu’ils méritent.
Les déchets ont beaucoup changé depuis ces 30, 40 0u 50 dernières années…beaucoup ne sont plus biodégradables, il y a beaucoup de produits chimiques impliqués et beaucoup de gens ne le savent pas. »

Les programmes d’éducation et de sensibilisation sont, pour Joeli Veitayaki, la première étape logique pour lutter contre la pollution du Pacifique.


9b)MAI TV appoints new general manager

By Online Editor
4:43 pm GMT+12, 18/06/2013, Fiji

Fijian free to air and privately owned broadcaster Mai TV (Fiji) Limited has appointed an experienced Television executive as its General Manager replacing the functions of its founder and Managing Director Richard Broadbridge.

Marc Santos, currently head of Digicel owned DIGITV a digital pay tv service in Tonga, joins Mai TV in June to take the reigns of the free to air channel and its subsidiary revenue streams.

Santos has considerable experience in content acquisition, planning and senior management with Digicel Tonga with some of his larger acquisitions being SANZAR Rugby and Trans-Tasman Netball rights for Tonga.

“I’m thrilled to be taking on this challenge. I understand the pressures Mai TV is under and I’m confident I can assist the group with its growth in Fiji and other parts of the region”, Santos said.

Broadbridge will no longer run the day-to-day operations of the business and has instead begun the growth of his production arm SKYLITE Productions into new territories including Solomon Islands and Papua New

Under the trading name of Click Pacific Limited, Broadbridge leads the establishment of a new business in Papua New Guinea focussing on Television production and their Digital Signage arm Click



10) Nationwide campaign against tetanus begins

THE NATIONWIDE round three immunisation kicked off yesterday with the official launch at Gerehu in the nation’s capital.
The immunisation is an important program targeting women, girls and children the most vulnerable people in the society. The campaign is to protect the women and children from the dreaded disease called tetanus. Described as an enormous undertaking, the Heath Department plans to vaccinate about 1.8 million females and about 750,000 children.
All women and girls aged 15-45 years, including pregnant women will be vaccinated during the tetanus toxoid vaccination round three. Women will be provided additionally with albendazole tablet to address de-worming of the female population in an effort to reduce soil transmitted worm infestation in PNG. Oral Polio vaccine (in selected provinces only) and Vitamin A will also be provided to children less than five years of age.
The Health Department’s Deputy Secretary Dr Paison Dakulala officially launched the program at St Charles Lwanga High School on behalf of the Health Minister Michael Malabag.
Mr Malabag said through the deputy secretary that the Government of Peter O’Neill had placed health among the top five development priorities.
United Nations Children’s Fund is also committed in the campaign.
“We support other health interventions – nutrition, HIV AIDS, education and child health protection, program monitoring and evaluation- all of which contribute to the total development of children and women,” said UNICEF representative in PNG Baba Danbappa.
The immunisation activity runs through to July 26 in all 89 districts of the country.
The National Department of Health is being supported by WHO and UNICEF in this effort.

11) Vanuatu government and traditional healers fight TB together

Posted at 05:01 on 18 June, 2013 UTC

Health officials in Vanuatu say they hope to collaborate with traditional healers to reduce the rate of tuberculosis.

The Health Ministry’s statistics show about 120 people are reported to be infected with TB each year and most of them prefer to be treated by traditional healers.

Beverley Tse reports.

Health officials from the National Tuberculosis Programme are currently analysing research on traditional healers to find out how they can work together to combat the disease. A medical officer from the World Health Organisation says the research has found the majority of communities in Vanuatu trust traditional healers and prefer them over western medicine. However, Dr Rufina Latu says the results reveal traditional healers have not been successful in treating TB sufferers.

“DR RUFINA LATU: The studies have shown that those who have sought the services of traditional healers actually have relapses of their tuberculosis and they get worse after a while and eventually they will need westernised medicines.”

The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Co-ordinator Markleen Tagaro says people living in rural areas prefer traditional clinics because they find it difficult to get to the government’s health centres.

“MARKLEEN TAGARO: Some health facilities are very far from communities, especially in remote areas. The second thing is cost is also an issue where they have to get transportation from where they live to the health facility. But accessing something from a traditional healer is something close to where it’s affordable.”

Markleen Tagaro says the Health Ministry hopes to give well known traditional healers from each province better training in how to deal with people infected with TB.

“MARKLEEN TAGARO: The important thing here is if we can collaborate with them, we can train them to identify signs and symptoms of tuberculosis and then they can refer any suspects to the health clinic in their areas.”

The Executive Director of the National Council of Women, Leias Cullwick, says it is concerning that traditional healers haven’t been able to reduce the rate of TB and hopes the Health Ministry can teach them how to successfully treat TB patients.

“LEIAS CULLWICK: I think the traditional healers need to have some sort of assistance with the medical people to ensure that the work they do is in fact helping the people. And we have to take stock of the statistics on how successful are they when they help these people with TB.”

Leias Cullwick says many people are not aware that TB can be transmitted through the sharing of cups and utensils and says more education is needed to curb the spread of the disease.

Radio New Zealand International


12a)Garuda Indonesia to serve new route to Port Moresby
By Online Editor
4:50 pm GMT+12, 18/06/2013, Indonesia

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will start serving the Jakarta-Port Moresby route in August, as it seeks to fly to untapped new markets in the Oceania region.

Papua New Guinea’s national airline, Air Niugini, is also set to serve the same route connecting Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Port Moresby International Airport.

It was not immediately clear, however, when Air Niugini would initiate the new route, Indonesian Transportation Minister E. E. Mangindaan said.

He said a related agreement was made during a bilateral meeting between Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and visiting Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on Monday.

“[Garuda] will serve two flights per week, via Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. Both Garuda and Air Niugini are ready for this,” Mangindaan said after the meeting at the presidential palace in Jakarta.

He said that there have never been direct flights offered from Jakarta to the Pacific region, adding that travelers had to first stop in Australia before continuing their journey.

“Pacific nations such as Fiji have been hoping for a flight serving the region. There has been no direct air connectivity [from Jakarta to Pacific nations], so the flight to Port Moresby will serve as a bridge to the Pacific islands,” Mangindaan said.

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu added that Indonesia and Papua New Guinea also inked on Monday a new partnership to develop the two countries’ tourism.

“There’s also a plan to expand the coverage of Sail Raja Ampat 2014 to Papua New Guinea,” Mari said, referring to Indonesia’s annual yacht rally event that will be based in Raja Ampat, Papua, next year.

“We hope [PNG] will facilitate some security and trans-border issues [related to the event],” Mari said.

Indonesia and PNG have been stepping up economic, trade and investment cooperation since Yudhoyono visited the country earlier this year.

12b) Asian retailers to be ejected from AROB


ALL Asian businessmen and women operating their retail businesses in Bougainville will be given until September this year to close all their businesses and move out of Bougainville.
That’s the direction from the Minister for Commerce in the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Wilfred Komba.
This is because these Asians, mostly of Chinese origin and operating in Buka town, have failed to comply with directives issued by ABG regarding their business operations in Bougainville.
Mr Komba said the ABG Division of Commerce through its chief executive officer, Albert Kinani, has already sent two notices to these Chinese advising them not to operate two or more business operations in town.
However, instead of adhering to these calls, these Chinese are still opening up other stores in different parts of the town, which is a direct breach of the ABG directive.
“After we issued the second letter, we have not received any reply from them. Instead of adhering to the directive, we are seeing some expansions still going on,” Minister Komba and Kinani said, before singling out one of these Chinese who is married to a woman from Nissan Island as an example.
They said this Chinese is not complying because though he was given the notice, he still went ahead and opened his other business in town.
Both Mr Komba and his CEO added that these Chinese are not operating according to the ABG’s investment policy, which calls for foreign business owners to joint venture with Bougainvilleans.
Instead they are opening up “stand alone” businesses, they said.
“In the letter we also told them that those who are claiming to be Bougainvilleans, after marrying a Bougainvillean wife is not accepted by ABG. In order to adhere to this ABG Policy, they must enter into a joint venture with Bougainvilleans. They are also not allowed to operate in more than one location,” they said.
Mr Kinani clarified that by marrying a local Bougainvillean does not qualify them to own a trade store.
Mr Kinani added that he had also advised these Chinese to comply with the laws of PNG.
He revealed that some of these Chinese in Buka do not have proper work permits to conduct their business operations in Bougainville.
He added that some of them have also failed to pay their goods and services tax (GST) to the government.
Mr Kinani said the non compliance by these Chinese had resulted in the ABG Vice President Patrick Nisira directing him to order these Chinese out of Bougainville.
However, Mr Kinani has advised Mr Nisira that he will be issuing a third notice to these Chinese and advising them to close their businesses and move out of Bougainville by September.
Meanwhile, Bougainville is expected to have its new investment legislation governing business.

13) Samoa Air to have extra large seating by next week

Posted at 05:01 on 18 June, 2013 UTC

The airline that flies within Samoa and to neighbouring American Samoa is installing extra large seating that will be available next week.

The chief executive of Samoa Air says its new pay-by-weight scheme is working better and better all the time.

Chris Langton says since the scheme was introduced in April, heavier passengers have paid more but they have also enjoyed more comfortable seating, with two seats being alloted to them instead of one.

“We’ve got a modification that we’re installing at the moment to be able to provide at least one row where we can seat people who are paying more for their weight and making access easier. So we’ve called it the executive suite that’s a little bit like a three-seat thing that you’d find in your lounge room.”

Chris Langton says lighter passengers now pay less, which is also making it more affordable for families to fly.

Radio New Zealand International

14) Vanuatu Company Aims To Export Copra To Europe
Exporter says new market could benefit local farmers hugely

By Harrison Selmen

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, June 17, 2013) – JAD Commodities Ltd. is the first ni-Vanuatu owned company that received its operating license from the Vanuatu Commodities Marketing Board (VCMB) chairman, Gaspar Paulo, Thursday this week to supply European market, targeting Spain.

This is the first local buyer that switched trade to Europe compared to other buyers in Luganville who export copra to the Philippines.

Chairman for VCMB, Paulo, said JAD export authority came into effect after complying with all new procedures and condition the VCMB has introduced. He said the license is effective from June 13 to the end of December 2013 and to continue exporting, the company has to apply again on January to have another valid license until December 2014.

Paulo said he believes and hopes farmers will be satisfied with the new price the VCMB has approved and the new company.

He said any company who is interested to export to Europe has to comply with all procedures and if they do not meet requirements then they will not be granted any license.

JAD operation Manager, Apia Kenneth, thanked the VCMB board for the approval which could see a huge benefit to local farmers.

Kenneth said they are looking at buying copra out in the islands with the approved price by the VCMB of Vt30,000 and Vt35,000 [US$314 and US$367] at the two main wharfs, the Ifira Stevedoring in Port Vila and NISCOL in Luganville.

The current number of buyers has increased to six after the approved of JAD Commodities. Daily Post is aware all buyers were given 14 days to agree to the new license procedures and conditions.

Vanuatu Daily Post:

15) Vanuatu government denies it is running out of copra subsidy funds

Posted at 04:37 on 18 June, 2013 UTC

The Vanuatu government denies it is running out of copra subsidies for its companies amid claims that it owes huge sums.

The Vanuatu Daily Post reports some companies are owed $750,000 US dollars in subsidies, and are considering legal action.

But the Commerce Minister, Marcellino Pipite, denies that figure and says he has $400,000 US dollars left, which is enough to pay what is owed.

Under the current system, buyers pay a minimum rate to farmers and the government will reimburse them with a subsidy, depending on fluctuations.

The government has again raised the minimum price of copra to avoid having to pay subsidies.

Mr Pipite says the minimum price of copra will go from 318 to 370 US dollars a tonne in August, and until then, there are sufficient funds for subsidies.

“There is no such amount. I have some monies outstanding with me, but as any company, we manage. We will sort out these outstandings as I know, but not what they claim.”

Marcellino Pipite says the complaints are from one buyer who is flauting the legal price for copra and purchasing for as low as 65 US dollars a tonne.

Radio New Zealand International

16) Nautilus Minerals Confident In Vanuatu Seabed Licenses
Lands minister: licenses could be revoked on legal grounds

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 17, 2013) – The revelation that former land ministers in Vanuatu have issued dozens of offshore seabed mining exploration licenses without consultation is causing a stir in the Pacific.

But seabed mining company Nautilus Minerals says it is confident that the licenses it has been issued are valid.

Cassandra Mason reports:

The recently installed lands minister, Ralph Regenvanu, revealed 148 licenses have been issued over the past five years. He says the licenses were never approved by the Council of Ministers or Parliament.

“Up to date it’s been basically hidden from the public, the fact that all these licenses have been issued by the minister of lands over the last five years or so. What the ministry wants now is to take a new approach which is, there must be wide public consultation on any further issues to do with seabed mineral exploration,” Regenvanu said.

The Vanuatu government has since applied the so-called precautionary principle and will not allow any seabed mining until the full environmental impacts are understood. Mr. Regenvanu says almost all the licenses were issued to two companies – Bismarck Mining Corporation and Nautilus Minerals. But the Vice President of Exploration at Nautilus, Jonathan Lowe, says the company has no doubt their licenses are valid.

“Nautilus is confident about the Vanuatu authorities following due process with respect to our applications. Obviously I can’t speak to those of our competitors or what the minister does or doesn’t know about his new portfolio,” Lowe said.

He says Nautilus submitted renewals for the applications two weeks ago, and that departmental authorities in Vanuatu were accommodating and aware of what the due process was. Yet opposition on the ground in Vanuatu is still widespread. An executive member of the Council of Churches, Alan Nafuki, says the council is against all experimental sea-bed mining. He says the government’s decision to grant licenses to foreign companies without informing the local people came as a surprise.

“We need to be told about what would happen if they mine our sea. I mean, the sea is our livelihood. We need to know and we need to have a say in this before anything is done.”

Mr. Nafuki says there are other ways to generate income rather than deep sea mining. Meanwhile, news of the moratorium is having impact elsewhere. Community groups in Papua New Guinea are now urging their government to follow suit and impose the precautionary principle there. John Chitoa from the Bismarck Ramu Group says there is strong opposition to experimental seabed mining in PNG, where the local people don’t want to be used as project guinea pigs.

“There are a lot of unknown questions that needs to be understood by the people. So the people don’t want to go blindly into this project,” Chitoa said.

Mr. Lowe says there is no reason for a moratorium in Papua New Guinea, where he says Nautilus has done extensive environmental impact testing over the last decade. Mr. Regenvanu says he is now seeking legal advice on whether the licenses for Vanuatu are valid. He says only one of the licenses was gazetted and there could be legal grounds to put a stop to the rest.

Radio New Zealand International:

17) Bougainville To Adopt Tougher Foreign Investment Laws
Screening of investors needed to protect people: Momis

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, June 17, 2013) – Papua New Guinea’s Autonomous Region of Bougainville is set to introduce tougher laws governing foreign investment.

New laws – including more detailed screening of overseas investors – will be tabled in parliament in September.

The President of Papua New Guinea’s Autonomous Region of Bougainville, John Momis, has told Radio Australia’s Tok Pisin service the proposed changes are aimed at preventing newly-arrived foreigners from dominating small businesses in the main Buka Town and the surrounding region.

President Momis expects the legislation to be tabled in parliament in September.

He says the new laws, including a more comprehensive screening of overseas investors, are needed to protect the people of Bougainville.

“If we don’t then the foreign businesses, especially Chinese, will just swamp us,” he said.

“They’ve got connections, business is their bread and butter, we don’t have that entrepreneurial flair, we don’t have the capital, we don’t have the skills.

“That is why we want to make sure that credible businessmen, and only credible businessmen, come and practice business here.”

President Momis says there is a problem with some people taking advantage of a lack of law enforcement, but that is going to change with the formation of a new security company.

He says the new law enforcement arm will make sure the tougher rules are being adhered to.

“We are now forming a joint security company in conjunction with an Australian company to train our own people,” he said.

“First of all to absorb ex-combatants and other young men and women to help provide security and compliment the work of the police force.”

President Momis says the aim is to create a conducive climate for foreign and internal investment, so both foreigners and Bouganvilleans can benefit.

“We want to encourage business that will have… mutually beneficial results for our people.”
Radio Australia:

18) PNA Members Sign Transitional Fishing Deal With U.S.
$94.5 million, 18-month arrangement will last till end of 2014

By Giff Johnson

HAGÅTÑA, GUAM (Marianas Business Journal, June 17, 2013) – An interim fishing agreement worth $94.5 million over the next year-and-a-half for 17 Pacific islands went into effect last week, providing the United States purse seine fleet with access to the region. Despite several years of talks, U.S. and island negotiators were unable to complete all the details of a new financial deal for the U.S. Pacific fisheries treaty that has been in effect since 1987.

Instead, they have agreed to an 18-month transitional arrangement that will pay $94.5 million for the 18-month period from this month through December 2014.

The big issues with the U.S. Pacific fisheries treaty have been decided, said Marshall Islands fisheries chief Glen Joseph. The bigger concern, he said, is finding the fishing days needed to supply the 8,000 days guaranteed annually to the U.S. fleet under the treaty. Although the U.S. has agreed to triple the fees it is paying to fish in the region, identifying days from the eight member Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) could be difficult, said Joseph.

The eight-member PNA controls waters where 70% of the region’s skipjack tuna is caught. Their lucrative waters are the focus of fishing by the American-flagged fleet.

“These are days we use for our bilateral partners,” said Joseph. “We will have to really scrutinize our vessel day scheme to provide the U.S. with these days and service our [other] partners.”

Complicating the picture is that the amount the U.S. is paying through the treaty, when broken down into a per-day formula, will be less than PNA will be getting by selling fishing days to other nations starting in 2014, when the minimum fishing day fee rises to $6,000.

“PNA’s internal distribution [for the U.S. treaty] is not yet worked out,” Joseph said. Further complicating the picture for the U.S. fleet is that all fleets have engaged in heavy fishing the first five months of 2013 and some PNA members will soon be reaching the limits of their allotted fishing days for the year, say both Joseph and Dr. Transform Aqorau, the CEO for PNA, who is based in Majuro. Any of the eight PNA members that reach their fishing day limit must shut down fishing in their waters and are only supposed to reopen if they can buy unused days from another member. PNA has limited the number of fishing days as a conservation measure.

Fisheries negotiators aim to complete negotiations in the next few months on a new 10-year financial package to replace the interim deal which is to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

The Forum Fisheries Agency will continue administering an economic development fund capitalized by the treaty for the benefit of all its Pacific signatories.

The U.S. treaty provides for 85% of the U.S. access fees to go to the islands where tuna is caught, while the balance goes into the fund that, after administrative and other deductions, is shared equally by all parties, even those islands in which the U.S. does not fish.
Marianas Business Journal


19) WWF worried about New Caledonia’s increased pollution

Posted at 05:01 on 18 June, 2013 UTC

The World Wildlife Fund’s New Caledonia office manager says the territory’s carbon footprint is incompatible with its desire to be a responsible member of the Pacific islands community.

With the growth in new mining and metal extraction projects, New Caledonia’s carbon emissions are set to rise to 36.8 tonnes of CO2 per capita per year in the next couple of years, up from an estimated 13.7 tonnes in 2004.

The WWF’s Hubert Geraux says being among the world’s heaviest carbon emitters does not bode well for New Caledonia when many Pacific islands are threatened by climate change.

“So in the next years, New Caledonia becomes more and more independent, more and more in link with the Oceania countries; it’s not acceptable for them to let us produce and let carbon in the atmosphere like that.”

Hubert Geraux has written to the President of New Caledonia, Harold Martin, urging him to develop a more sustainable energy model for the territory.

Radio New Zealand International

20) Cabinet approves setting up of Conservation and Environment Protection Authority

By Online Editor
1:51 pm GMT+12, 18/06/2013, Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea Cabinet has approved the proposed legislation to transform the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) into the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA).

A submission seeking Cabinet approval for the creation and establishment of a Conservation and Protection Authority (CEPA) was considered and approved by Cabinet last Wednesday.

The CEPA will retain and accommodates both the environment protection functions under the Environment Act 2000 and conservation functions under the Conservation Areas Act 1978 and related legislations prepared by the Department of Environment and conservation.

The DEC is responsible for the development and implementation of the Government’s environment sustainability policies and programs.

DEC is also responsible for environment regulation for all the major industry sectors in the country, management of water resources, and for conservation of bio-diversity in compliance with national legislation and international conventions.

The Minister for Environment and Conservation John Pundari said the purpose of transforming the DEC into a Statutory Authority was to remove the current constraints to effective administration of environment regulation, management of water resource and biodiversity, and policy development and implementation.

“The creation of CEPA will strengthen environment regulation by substantially increasing the resources available for environment approvals, monitoring and compliance through application of a cost recovery model for regulatory activities under the Environment Act 2000.

“It will also provide opportunities for innovative partnerships between the CEPA and the private sector to increase the funding available for more effective management of water resources and biodiversity,” he said.

The Minister stated the department was unable to deliver effectively on its responsibilities for environment regulation during a period of rapid growth in the number and scale of resource projects.

“This is due to large shortfalls in funding and limited human capacity, substantially as a result of an inability to compete with the resource sector for suitably qualified staff.

“The Department is responsible for environment regulation of all major development sectors including mining, petroleum and gas, agriculture, forestry, agro-forestry, fisheries, manufacturing, and water resources,” Pundari said.

The Minister said DEC was currently expected to carry out this enormous task with a budget of between K10 million to K12 million.

“This funding level is insufficient and unsustainable.

“It is also half the budget of the Mineral Resources Authority, and one third the budget of the PNG Forestry Authority whose responsibilities fall within a single resource development sector,” he added.

Minister Pundari stated that the Department had estimated long term sustainable budget would be between K40 million to K50 million (US$18 million – US$23 million)

“The Department’s ability to deliver on its Water Resource Management and Biodiversity Conservation responsibilities is also constrained by lack of funding.

“It lacks funding to support establishment and management of critical areas and the inability to raise and retain revenue for this purpose as a public sector Department,” he stated.

The Minister explained that the proposed governance structure for CEPA included five main components:
Minister, Board, Managing Director, Environment Council and National Conservation Council.

The governance structure of the CEPA is designed especially to protect the State’s sovereign right to make policies and laws for environment protection and biodiversity conservation and related functions.


21) PNG Pukpuks name squad

By Online Editor
10:37 am GMT+12, 18/06/2013, Papua New Guinea

The cream of Papua New Guinea players were on show for national selectors to finalise spots for the Monier Pukpuks to take part in the Oceania Cup from July 1-14 in Port Moresby.

A trial match played in Port Moresby on Saturday saw several certainties in Madang-based back-rower Gabriel Biyama, Unitech student Ryan Sambath at prop, Lae’s loose-forward Butler Morris, stylish halfback Kumalau Auru, Brisbane-based Ralph Susuve and playmaker Jonah Kautu Jnr nailing down his number 10 jersey in a sterling performance with older brother Tisa in the centres.

In the finishing department, there was an abundance of talent in Au­to­nomous Region of Bougainville’s Hubert Tsereha, Kokopo’s Albert Levi Jnr and Jason Missian.

The Monier Pukpuks: Mick Rau, Joshua Vakona, Ryan Sambath, William Maniot, Aaron Miai, Leme Tole, Geti Raka, Gabriel Biyama, Keto Neheja, Kapua Kapua, Mike Mire, Philip Suapo, Butler Morris, Donald Kais (forwards) Libiert Suang, Jonah Kautu Jnr, Albert Levi Jnr, Ralph Susuve, Tisa Kautu, Henry Liliket, Hubert Tsereha, Jackson Pato, Morea Pease, Robert Bulumaris, Dougie Guise and Adeck Naio.

Shadow players: Ahulo Ottio, Ezra Kautu, Wesley Thomas, Kingsley Sarufa-Lea, Kumalau Auru.

The national selectors are Alan Manning, Billy Rapilla, Warren Jennings, Greg Bourke, Adam Hill and Frank Genia.

Team training camp begins on June 25 in Port Moresby.

22) Tafea secure NSL title

By Online Editor
10:35 am GMT+12, 18/06/2013, Vanuatu

Tafea FC have secured a berth in the 2014 edition of the OFC Champions League after earning a 1-0 victory over defending champions Amicale FC in the grand final of the Vanuatu National Super League on Saturday.

The two Port Vila-based sides battled it out in front of close to 8,000 fans in what were at times some very wet and muddy conditions, with both teams seeking the prestigious title of Vanuatu club champions and its spoils.

After a relatively even start Tafea took the lead just ahead of the break when Joseph Namariau rolled the ball neatly past Amicale’s goalkeeper Chickau Mansale in the 45th minute.

Amicale peppered the goal with a number of shots in the second period but Tafea’s young goalkeeper Seloni Iaruel continually denied them the equaliser. Some of their best chances came from Fenedy Masauvakalo and Joses Nawo but neither could find the back of the Tafea net and were left to rue the missed opportunities.

The trophy and winner’s cheque were presented by Vanuatu sports minister Tony Wright, a former Amicale player himself, who said it was good to see the up-and-coming talent on display during the final.

“As a former Amicale player and now Minister of Youth and Sport Development, I am very proud to see young, talented and strong players emerging in Vanuatu football,” Wright said.

“I wish Tafea all the best in the Champions League.”

This will be Tafea’s eighth appearance in a FIFA Club World Cup qualifying competition, with their best results coming in 2008 and 2005 when they finished in fourth place.

Individual awards in the 2013 TVL National Super League were also handed out following the final, with the best player going to Octav Meltecoin of Uripiv FC, and his team earning the fairplay award. Best goalkeeper went to Tafea’s Seloni Iaruel while Moise Poida took the honours for best coach.


23) Ashes 2013: Fawad Ahmed may stay on with Test squad after Australia A tour

Posted 18 June 2013, 10:59 AEST

Fawad Ahmed may join Ashes Test squad after taking first Australia A wicket against Ireland.

Australia’s national selector John Inverarity said Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed may join the Ashes squad after Australia A’s final tour match against Gloucestershire on Friday night.

Ahmed took his first wicket in Australian colours when he finished with 1 for 25 from six second innings overs in Australia A’s 93-run win over Ireland in Belfast.

The spinner needs to secure an Australian passport to be eligible for the national side.

His chances of participating in the Ashes improved dramatically when a bill to amend the Citizenship Act passed through the House of Representatives earlier this month.

Cricket Australia said that if the bill became law, and Ahmed obtains citizenship and an Australian passport, he will immediately be available for the national side, emerging as back-up for number one Test spinner Nathan Lyon.

“It is likely that his passport will be through in time for him to be considered for the squad,” Inverarity told BBC Radio on Monday.

“Then he will be considered for selection.”

Inverarity said Ahmed was likely to remain with Australia A for their next game against Gloucestershire on Friday and could even be called up for the full side’s Ashes warm-up games against Somerset and Worcestershire.

However, he played down talk of Ahmed featuring in next month’s first Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, the opening match of Australia’s bid to regain the Ashes from England, saying this would subject him to “extraordinary” pressure.

“It’s going to be very difficult for him,” Inverarity said. “If we select him for the Test team and he plays, with his unusual circumstances, the pressure on him will be extraordinary.

“I think as a unit we need to protect him as much as we can from those distractions.”

Australia A bowlers finish off Ireland

It was Lyon who made the breakthrough for Australia A when rain cleared enabling the match in Belfast to be completed.

Three declarations on day three of the match in Belfast ensured a result could be achieved.

Ireland was dismissed for 207 in the second innings after declaring at 4 for 186 in its first innings.

Australia A scored 312 in its first innings and then declared at 0 for 174 in the second innings.

Lyon and all-rounder Moises Henriques took three Ireland second-innings wickets each.

Peter Siddle, who consistently beat the outside of the bat, finished with 1 for 62. James Pattinson took 1 for 55 in the second innings.

Nic Maddinson finished with man of the match honours with his second innings knock of 113 from 63 balls.

All-rounder Steve Smith also pressed his claims for an Ashes call-up with a knock of 133 in the first innings.


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