New Melanesian FTA to demolish economic walls

Venkat Raman –  venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz Fiji has signed a new version of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with its member countries, with Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama describing it as a ‘Model in the Pacific.’ Among the other members of the Group are Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The agreement was signed in Suva…

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Indian government honours prominent Fijian

Staff Reporter –  The Indian government has honoured Vinod Chandra Patel, Chairman of the Vinod Patel Group, with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award. A communication from the Indian Overseas Affairs Ministry, which organises the biannual event with the support of the Confederation of Indian Industry and several other organisations, said that the Samman Award was in recognition of Mr…

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Electoral Commission delay deplorable

Dr Biman Prasad –  The National Federation Party is deeply concerned that the Constitutional Offices Commission continues to delay the appointment of the Electoral Commission, which is critical for preparations for a truly credible, free and fair general elections. The three-year term of the Electoral Commission ended on January 9, 2017 and since then, the Supervisor of Elections, who reports…

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Contests raise money to check Rheumatism in Fiji

Supplied Content –  Bachelor couple Art Green and Matilda Rice have returned from a ‘life-changing’ trip to Fiji where they took part in the ultimate test of endurance to raise money and awareness of rheumatic heart disease – a disease that affects one in 50 Fijian children. The ‘Cure Kids’ ambassadors joined 100 other competitors and crew from the Pacific…

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Bainimarama refuses to sign PACER Plus

Venkat Raman –  venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz In his open and unguarded style, Fiji’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has reiterated his country’s stand on the Pacific Agreement of Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus, saying that in its current form, it is not in the interest of his country. He hoped that there would be an amicable settlement of differences-…

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Fresh incentives for education providers

Venkat Raman –  venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz Fiji is undergoing a revolution in its education sector, providing opportunities not only for teaching and administrative staff but also for investors and others engaged in education business. That was a message which Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama gave while speaking at a Symposium organised by ‘Fiji Trade and Investment’ at Stamford Plaza Hotel on Thursday,…

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