AFBC NEWS : 31st May 2016

AFBC Articles of Interest, May 2016

The following is a selection of articles from various sources relating to Fiji. Opinions and information expressed in these articles are the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Business Council or its members.

— By Various

26th May - Cooler Pacific temperatures signal end of devastating El NinoRadio Australia - Bureau of Meteorology modelling shows the latest El Nino cycle is over, but could now lead to a wet winter after a devastating 14 months of drought and famine across the Pacific.

25th May - A new World Bank report argues that the business as usual approach to tourism in the Pacific will not result in substantial growth of the sector. With careful planning, however, the report argues that tourism in the region can generate 'as much as US$1.8 billion per year in additional revenues and create up to 128,000 additional jobs by 2040'.
 
24th May - Fiji shines at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
- Pacific Periscope
In a historic first for Fiji – five Fijian fashion designers were invited to participate in the prestigious Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Resort Collection in Australia from 15-21 May 2016.
 
18th May - Pacific Island links – Lowy Interpreter
- By Alastair Davis

  • The Fiji Times has launched a legal challenge against the decision by the Fijian Government to award an exclusive contract for the publishing of government notices to the other major Fijian newspaper, the Fiji Sun.
  • Biman Prasad, the leader of the National Federation Party, the smaller of the Fijian opposition parties, has been removed as the chair of the Public Accounts Committee and replaced by government whip Ashneel Sudhakar.
  • The postponed Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders Summit will take place in Papua New Guinea next month, not Vanuatu as was originally planned. Filling the vacant role of director general of the secretariat is likely to be addressed at the summit.
  • The first group of countries to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement are all small island nations. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is developing a regional strategy to manage climate change and human mobility in the Pacific.

 
10th May - Fiji on track as fashion hub say top designers
- Pacific Periscope

Two top Pacific fashion design labels from the Pacific agree Fiji is the fashion hub of the Pacific. With some 8,000 people employed generating $110 million in the apparel industry, Fiji is certainly on the right track.

4th May - Budget 2016: Few surprises in foreign affairs, defence and aid and a bigger overseas network
- by Alex Oliver 
A first look at the 2016-17 budget for foreign affairs, aid and defence yields few surprises. For an unsurprising budget, this is a long post, but it’s worth looking deeper at how each of the agencies fared, particularly after the comparatively controversial efforts of the last two Coalition budgets. 

25th April - The Fiji Parliament has rejected a bid to discuss the re-implementation of the Great Council of Chiefs which was dissolved in 2006.

20th April State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific releases its latest discussion papers.

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