Tourism growth could expand to unforeseen numbers

Tourism growth could expand to unforeseen numbers

Richard Butler | Island Life | 23 Nov 2018 The tourism industries of SPTO member countries will benefit from the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) through the promotion of the China Pacific Tourism Year 2019 (CPTY). This was announced by President Xi Jinping on Friday when he met with Pacific Island Country Leaders from Niue, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, PNG, Cook Islands, FSM and Vanuatu, before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). “With the full support of SPTO member countries at the Council Read more [...]
Tonga and Vanuatu join China’s Belt and Road

Tonga and Vanuatu join China’s Belt and Road

Richard Butler| from RNZ  |  20 November 2018 Tonga and Vanuatu have signed up to China’s Belt and Road initiative. The announcements came on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Papua New Guinea last week. Tonga’s memorandum of understanding on Belt and Road was followed by a reprieve of the country’s debt payments owed to China. Lopeti Senituli, a political adviser to Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, told Reuters the loan payments had been deferred for five years. Meanwhile, Read more [...]
Chinese President Xi meets with leaders of seven Pacific island countries including Vanuatu

Chinese President Xi meets with leaders of seven Pacific island countries including Vanuatu

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with President of the Federated States of Micronesia Peter Christian, Port Moresby, PNG, November 16, 2018. /Xinhua Photo Richard Butler | Xinhua | 17 Nov 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the leaders of seven Pacific island countries respectively in Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea (PNG), on Friday. The countries are the Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue and Fiji, which have established diplomatic Read more [...]
Australia’s plan to challenge China in the South Pacific

Australia’s plan to challenge China in the South Pacific

Richard Butler | CNN | 9 Nov 2018 Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shake hands at a news conference at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing Thursday. Dr. John Lee is senior fellow at the Hudson Institute (Washington) and United States Studies Centre (Sydney), and an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney. From 2016 until April 2018 he was senior national security adviser to the Australian foreign minister and also served as Read more [...]
Vanuatu chooses Stantec to supervise 400-kW Brenwe Hydropower Plant

Vanuatu chooses Stantec to supervise 400-kW Brenwe Hydropower Plant

Richard Butler | HydroWorld.com | 30 Oct 2018 The government of Vanuatu and the Asian Development Bank have chosen Stantec to be design supervision consultant for the Vanuatu Energy Access Project, which includes the 400-kW Brenwe Hydropower Plant. The project, on the island of Malekula, also includes grid extensions across Espiritu Santo and Malekula. The completed project will displace about 90% of the diesel energy currently used as a power source for Malekula. Only 33% of the citizens Read more [...]
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