In brief: Five countries abandon the Pacific Island Forum and other business stories

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Micronesian nations leave the Pacific Island Forum, Kumul Submarine Cable yet to be completed and Daru Island becomes centre of political tension. The latest business news in a nutshell. 

People moves: National Development Bank, Pacific Islands Forum, Nambawan Super, Oro Province, East New Britain Port Services

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The National Development Bank announces a new Acting Managing Director, Pacific Islands Forum welcomes a new Secretary General, Nambawan Super appoints an executive for top investment job, Oro Province gets an Administrator and the East New Britain Port Services appoints a General Manager.

PACER Plus: catching the pace on Pacific Free Trade [analysis]

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The PACER Plus free trade agreement commences on 13 December 2020, revolutionising trade across the Pacific (although not Papua New Guinea yet). Additional countries are set to join the agreement in the coming months.

COVID-19 and climate change: we must rise to both crises [opinion]

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In the Pacific we aspire to endurance and sustainability. But progress is difficult to sustain when we face multiple threats that reverse decades of development gains in a matter of hours or days, says Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum.

In brief: Papua New Guinea team in Singapore to discuss Papua LNG and other business stories

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Minister for Petroleum Kerenga Kua is in Singapore to discuss the Papua LNG agreement, Papua New Guinea’s Kumul Consolidated Holdings announces its profits for the first half of 2019, and the United Nations Development Program Pacific Office opens the first Accelerator Lab in the region. Your weekly digest of business news.

Opinion: The Pacific Islands should speak as one

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Dame Meg Taylor Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat argues that the Pacific region is at a critical juncture in its history. She argues that because of political ‘jousting’ there ‘has never been a more important nor opportune time’ to act as one Blue Pacific continent.

People moves: Pacific Islands Forum, ABC, National Planning and Monitoring Department

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A new Director General, a new correspondent, and an Acting Secretary

In brief: Oil Search says there is ‘distribution’ problem with payouts, and other business news

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Oil Search acknowledges problems with payouts, Frabelle denies shut down and the ICCC starts legal proceedings against Steamships. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Opinion: Responding in the Pacific to a warming planet

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Pacific Islands need to look for Pacific solutions to global warming, according to Meg Taylor DBE, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. The aim should be resilience.

People moves: Bank South Pacific, Bougainville Referendum Commission, 2019 Asia Pacific Business Forum

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Ni-Vanuatu to head up BSP operations in Port Vila, former Irish PM nominated to head the Bougainville Referendum Commission, new Chair of the 2019 Asia Pacific Business Forum