2018 General Election: SODELPA caucus to meet, decide on Opposition Leader

AQELA SUSU, FijiTimes.com

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party caucus will meet in two days’ time to decide on the Opposition Leader for the new Parliament term.

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka confirmed this, saying that Fijians should expect an effective Opposition from the SODELPA members who would make up 21 seats of the 24-member Opposition.

SODELPA polled the second highest votes in the 2018 General Election, collecting 181,072, 10.2 per cent less from the victorious FijiFirst party.

“What we have achieved is a reflection of the amount of work and dedication shown by the party workers; those in the constituencies and in the last few days by the volunteers who had come forward to support us,” Mr Rabuka said.

“For the party to see so many young people coming up, volunteering their time has been very encouraging.”

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Taro tasting attracts many in Solomon Islands

A GOOD number of people have flooded the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) stall to taste a variety of local taros displayed during the world food day celebrate at Townground in Honiara this week.

These local taros were planted at the TTM farm opposite King George Sixth School in East Honiara.

“These local taros are awesome,” one local who tasted it told the Solomon Star at the venue.

“I came to town many years ago and miss this food for a long time and it is awesome that I have to opportunity to taste what I love eating during my childhood days,” he said.

Another man from Temotu thanked TTM for growing the taro at their farm.

Dr Li Chia-Yu, the only female specialist of Root Crop Improvement Project of Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) said that they were happy to join the World Food Day celebration this week.

“We are happy that local people come here to taste the local taro we planted at the TTM farm,” she said.

Dr Li said that the idea is they will prepare the local taro at TTM farm and distribute them to local farmers who want them.

There are current seven taro varieties (Colocasia esculenta) being grown at the farm. Three varieties coming from SPC (Secretariat of the Pacific Community) are IND14, SM218 and PNG06; three coming from Makira are Nori, Arosi and Taoritowa; one coming from Temotu is HEU.

During the day the roasted taro being prepared were PNG06 (purple flesh) and SM218 (yellow flesh).

By LESLEY SANGA, Source: http://www.solomonstarnews.com/

2018 General Election: MOG to compile final report


THE Multinational Observer Group (MOG) is continuing its work to compile the final report on the 2018 General Election.

MOG co-chair Jane Prentice said although these important processes were now complete, the MOG’s work was ongoing.

“While the vote, count and results are now finalised, we will be continuing to work on the MOG’s final report,” said Ms Prentice.

“The report will consider the whole electoral process, and will be comprehensive and objective in its assessments.”

The MOG had attended the announcement of the final results of the 2018 Fijian General Election and the returning of the election writ on Sunday.

“We will deliver the report once all electoral processes under the Electoral Act have been completed, including the legally-mandated disputes period,” Ms Prentice said.

“We continue to welcome engagement with stakeholders, as the views of all Fijians are important to us.”

The MOG can be contacted by any stakeholder either by email (contact@mog.org.fj) or through its website (www.mog.org.fj).

Powes Parkop: Key point from Xi Jinping Speech

“Global growth is shadowed by protectionism and unilateralism.

…key engine driving global growth…however not all are success story…WW2 for instance…..not far from where we are meeting today was a scene of bloody battle….ancient Chinese saying …..one should clean the mirror before looking at the mirror….one must learn from the lessons of the past before embarking on the future… Short Sighed approach of Protectionism and Unilateralism must to overshadow global cooperation in APEC….

Right approach needed….protectionism and unilateralism will not solve our problems. Once who closes his door will cut himself off from rest of the world. We should set our sight on free trade area of APC….NO to protectionism and unilateralism….We should pursue development to benefit ALL people…..No one has the right to stop people from the developing countries to enjoy qualities of life….it is a moral responsibilities of developed countries to share gains to developing countries We developed countries should honor and increase support to developing countries…..

Take an inclusive approach and promote interaction will all members of APEC and rest of the world…This planet we called home is one planet only we have…..it has some 2000 countries and 7 billion people…difference will not solve problem…diversity and integration is the way forward …reject prejudice…embrace diversity….promote coexistence in harmony… we should pursue innovation to growth….green energy…..New business …big data…AI ….in a boat race those who paddle the hardest will win…..we should promote innovation…The sweeping Technology Revolution will change the world forever….

Developed country should not promote profit making took from Scientific and Technological Inventions. Developed countries has a key role and moral duty to play to lower the gap of Technological Divide……fruits of Innovation and technology must reach more people in the developing countries . Developing countries must have more say in the reform in global trade ….

History has shown that confrontation in the form of Cold War or Hot War will produce no winner. China embarked in 1978 on the great Reform. Over the past 40 years China made solid progress….believe in self reliant and turn into a world’s second largest economy….it is the relentless effort of the Chinese people that made China to what you see today. Attract 2 trillion dollars in foreign investment. Guided by people centred development policies.Took 780 million people out of poverty. Established the world largest social safety network. Actively supported other developing countries pursue development agendas and priorities. China Enhance connectivity through the one belt one road initiative (BRI). BRI is a platform for Connectivity and inclusive policy.

It is not a trap as some people as labeled it…it is transparent and inclusive. In April next year China will host the belt and road roadshow in Beijing and invite all international communities to attend.” President of the Republic of China President Xi Jingping. Powerful Speech.

Source: Powes Parkopi Facebook.com

Congratulations: Papua New Guinea and Melanesia are Into the World Politics and Economy

Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby, as the biggest capital city across Melanesia has successfully held the biggest international event in Melanesian history, ‘the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit)”.

Peter O’Neill has been famous for his “politics of engagement” approach along his leadership. He is not a confrontation and assertive as previous leaders in the Isle of New Guinea. Leaders in this Island so far are not like this particular man and leader. He is a leader and a person that enjoys the game when other leaders are “engaged” in any issues and businesses. He has just shown this in Port Moresby, his capital city last weekend.

Now every Melanesian should celebrate. Every Melanesian country should be proud of. Every indigenous government the South Pacific Region should be proud and hopeful that the change has come, and the changes will continue to happen, until the South Pacific Island countries become prosperous and powerful across the globe. Today this region is  the centre of attention of the world economy and tomorrow it will be the game canger and will be so for years to come.The era of European empire has ended. The era of North America empire has ended at the end of 2008. The era of Chinese empire ended 2000 years ago, but it is rising today. The era of South Pacific Islands representing the Negros of the world has come. And we are proud, we are ready, we are grateful for it.

Two Sides Benefit from the APEC Summit: Melanesians and USA, Australia, China, Indonesia

Two sides benefit from this biggest event in Melanesian history.First for PNG, secondly for Melanesian peoples and countries, third for South Pacific Nations in general, and secondly for different parts of the world as the Isle of New Guinea is rich in her natural resources to be exploited.

What Melanesians Got Out the APEC Summit

First one, Melanesian peoples and countries now feel that “we are part of the world, part of the global planet Earth economy”. Countries like China, USA, and European countries are not too far and separated from us in the South Pacific, but we are all one and inter-connected. Socio-culturally, first the people in the Isle of New Guinea now feels we are part of the global economy.

Not only that, we now also feel, we are not just Melanesian tribes who happen to come to know this world and watch what is happening. But we are not taking part in all world affairs, about our needs and wants, related to our plans and ambitions.

We also feel today, after he APEC, that the world is going to listen to us, they have a better clue about who we are. Many issues lingering in the region: Bougainvillea, New Caledonia, West Papua, global warming, sinking islands will now be better understood and therefore will be responded appropriately. In short, as Peter O’Neill is famous for,, the politics of engagement with the global leaders has been started.

Now the opportunity is available for all Melanesian leaders, from West Papua to Wallis-Futuna Islands, to play our parts in order to further engage with world leaders in advancing our countries, freeing our country, protecting our nature, saving lives from being sunk into the sea.

The myths of Port Moresby as the city of rascals and gangs, Papua New Guinea is now annulled. The Island of New Guinea and the people on the Islands as savages cannibals, who are part of stone-aged who cannot be engaged with the world leaders and therefore, they are best occupied, led, and organised by foreign powers and governments are now completely DELETED.

We have proclaimed to the world that

  • We Melanesians are are human beings just like you all, created by God, and placed in our own Islands
  • We Melanesians are modern human beings, we are ready to engage with the world, in all aspects of our lives
  • Therefore, let us walk together in this path of our human history, together as human race, achieve what we want to achieve, without mis-conception, misunderstanding and “underestimation”

What China is Doing and Getting

What China is doing is very simple, “China is saying, we are not Westerners, and therefore, we do our things in our own way.” What is our own way? Our own way is our Asian Way, Melanesian Way, African Way.

One thing that all colonised nations in the world should learn from China and Thailand at some extend is that they have “Not Slave Mentality”, that is to say, the mentality of colonised peoples. They are free from it, they do not have any stain of colonialism stuck in their DNA of political and economic policies. This is why the colonisers like the USA, Europe, Australia are always confused and concerned about what China is doing. That is why everything that China does is always monitored and counter-acted by these colonial countries.

One thing for sure that we all Melanesians should remember is that China never colonised anybody in the world, no single Melanesian has ever been colonised by China, even though Melanesia has been engaging with China for thousands of years. They have been coming and going, just for the sake of doing business. They never came along, take over our land, and set up new countries like what Europeans have done in the Americas, Australia and Africa.

China is telling us all Melanesians that “as the big brother”, I know what you need, and I will share what I have. China is not doing anything against anyone. That is why Xi Jipping says “No hidden agenda” in this APEC Summit.

What Western Allies are Getting out of APEC Summit in Port Moresby

Western countries basically want to tell Papua New Guinea and Melanesian leaders this

We own you! We can do much better than what China can do. We now you better. We have been friends since long time ago. We are the ones that have been assisting and funding you so long. And we will continue to do more, what’s more that you want me to do?

They have a clear attitude, their tone of language indicate they do own PNG and South Pacific and therefore China should step away from this region.

They are the masters, the colonizers and occupiers. They have a lot of damage to the world, and they will do the same in PNG and in the South Pacific in the name of development aid and foreign aid.

What ASEAN Countries Got from this Event

ASEAN countries, particularly Indonesia has now realized fully that PNG and Papuan peoples, including those in the part of the region it occupies, not savages cannibals whose interests are in tribal wars and head-hunting. They realised that Papuans are civilised modern human beings, who already engaging with the world, and will exercise “the politics of engagement” of Peter O’Neill in various aspect and issues in the region.

Countries like Malaysia and the Philippines are present to offer whatever they can offer in order to build our economies as economically developing nations

At least the Philippines government signed agreement to develop rice production in Papua New Guinea. Indonesia is trying to export rice from Maroke, that was the signal the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo showed when he flew direct from Maroke to Port Moresby. However, there was no official follow up other than a few military facilities and police training contributed by Indonesia.Well, economically PNG is richer than Indonesia by the way, but we New Guineans have inferiority complex, thinking that those lighter skin than us are richer than ourselves.

Malaysia has so many business deals with PNG and therefore, there is no more deals to be signed.

Indonesia’s logging companies led by its military intelligence and special forces in West Sepik and East Sepik Provinces still continue, even though its grip on Papua – Indonesia (Papindo) Store is about go go bankrupt due to various factors, but primarily it has no support from the government anymore as it enjoyed during Michael Somare leadership for decades. Bangladeshi companies have taken over supermarkets in Papua New Guinea.

Indonesia is planning to supply electricity to Sandaun Province, along the border between West Papua and PNG. But still, this is just a plan.

No one really knows, not one thing is clear, Indonesia is loosing grip on this part of the Island.

So what?

Papua New Guinea is the biggest Melanesian modern nation-state, and Port Moresby is the biggest capital city of all Melanesians. That says a lot.

All non-Melanesians are aware that the South Pacific, starting from West Papua to Samoa is the focus of the world attention right now. We are being highlighted but we do not know ourselves. We are being monitored and many things are being done to make us cooperate with them, but we think they are bringing aid and funding for our countries. We thank them a lot, but they are not just coming and giving away their money just for us Melanesians. They are planning for their own future. What we should do is to tell them what to do, not allowing them do whatever they want.

PNG, China sign K150 million scholarship grant

MORE Papua New Guineans will be able to receive scholarships to study in China following an agreement between Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

O’Neill said a grant of K150 million was signed to release about 2500 scholarships to people in the Pacific region including PNG.

O’Neill said the bulk of the scholarship would go to PNG because of its population and size. “These are unique opportunities for people who are trying to support our kids to be educated. So let’s take advantage of it,” he said.

“Those who want to go and study in China, please let us know so we can get the Chinese embassy to screen our children and they can send them to go and study there. These are strong developments for PNG,” O’Neill said.

Meanwhile, he said the Russians also wanted to engage with PNG on training opportunities.
There are plans to open an embassy in PNG and PNG to open an office in Moscow.

“Lots of young people have got strong feelings to Russia because of early engagements in the Soviet Union days,” he said.

“In fact Papua New Guineans have gone to study in Moscow and lived there. It’s time that they used the language that they have been taught and it will an advantage for them to continue to be engaged.

“We had a strong relationships with Russia and Republic of Korea. We’ve established bilateral relations with these countries. But because of distance and time we have not been able to build on those relationships.”

Source: The National PNG

Memorable visit for Xi

CHINESE President Xi Jinping says he will take back home lifetime memories of the warm welcome he received from the people during his historical two-day State visit.

He will especially mention how the children at a school welcomed him by singing in Mandarin Chinese.
President Xi arrived on Thursday evening and spent Friday visiting projects funded by his government in Port Moresby, including the opening of the Independence Boulevard and the Butuka Academy.

The K40 million six-lane Independence Boulevard was funded and built by the Chinese government as a gift to PNG.

At Butuka, he was caught by surprise when students welcomed him by singing in Mandarin Chinese.
The academy was funded and built by the Chinese government as a gift to PNG under the sister city relationship between Shenzhen and Port Moresby at a cost of K70 million. It has elementary, primary and secondary schools all in one premises.

Xi said the warm welcome and gesture from the children and citizens were “memories of a lifetime” he would take back to China.

He saw the “small and tidy classrooms”, the eco-friendly facility with a brand new sporting ground.
He watched “adorable PNG children who are currently on a journey to learn”, who made a “deep impression”.
“I will take back home some lifetime memories of today’s event,” he said.

Xi said talented people were the primary and precious resources of a country and China was pleased to support and promote education in PNG.

“As I always say in China, talented people are primary and precious resources for a country and the building of Butuka Academy here is to promote such cooperation in education so that it will help PNG to produce more talented people,” he said.

Xi said there were more than 1300 PNG people studying in China on scholarships provided by the Chinese government through its strong friendship with PNG.

He said the Shenzhen province of China had also established a sister-province relationship with Eastern Highlands.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill thanked President Xi and said the construction of Butuka Academy was another indication of the strong relationship between the two countries.

O’Neill: PNG grateful for China’s support

PAPUA New Guinea would not have achieved the successful hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Summit in Port Moresby without China’s support.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was thanking Chinese President Xi Jinping on his two-day State visit to PNG on Thursday and Friday.

“PNG could not achieve the hosting of Apec Leaders Summit this year without the support from China,” he said.

“And on behalf of our people and our government, I thank the President and the People’s Republic of China for your strong support to PNG.”

O’Neill said the visit by President Xi marked the beginning of a new journey between the two countries that would build on the strong and mutual friendship they two countries had enjoyed over the past 40 years.

“China is a strong partner to PNG and will always be a strong partner going forward into the future,” he said.
He also acknowledged the support from other members of the Apec economies in assisting PNG to host Apec in Port Moresby this year.

Source: The National PNG

US pledges to help Aust build naval base

THE United States will partner with Australia to develop the naval base at Lombrun on Manus island, says Vice-President Mike Pence.

“It’s my privilege to announce that the United States will partner with Papua New Guinea and Australia on their joint initiative at the Lombrum naval base on Manus Island,” he said.

“We will work with these nations to protect sovereignty and maritime rights of the Pacific Islands as

The joint facility had earlier been discussed between prime ministers Scott Morrison (Australia) and Peter O’Neill (Papua New Guinea).

Pence revealed the plan during the Apec Chief Executive Officers Summit on Saturday.
He said the United States’ commitment to the Indo-Pacific region had never been stronger.

“Two-thirds of global trade happens here, and its economic
potential and strategic importance are only growing by the day,” he said.

“Over the past two years, American businesses have announced more than 1500 new projects and more than US$61 billion (K205 billion) in new investments across this region.

“The United States’ total investment in the Indo-Pacific is now more than US$1.4 trillion (K4.7 trillion).”
He said the United States was promoting private investment in the Indo-Pacific “as never before”.

“As we stand here today, American companies are hiring and training your workers, holding themselves to the highest standards,” Pence said.

“And you need look no further than Papua New Guinea for proof of the critical importance and benefits of American investment.

“Take one example: ExxonMobil has already invested more than US$19 billion (around K57 billion) in this nation, building more than 450 miles of pipeline (PNG LNG).”

He also warned countries in the region not to accept foreign debt that could compromise their sovereignty.

“Protect your interests,” Pence said.

“Preserve your independence.”

Source: The National PNG

Xi: No hidden agendas

PRESIDENT of China Xi Jinping says China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is not designed to serve any hidden geopolitical agenda, nor target against anyone, or does it exclude anyone.

He told the Chief Executive Officers’ Summit on board the cruise liner Pacific Explorer in Port Moresby on

Saturday the initiative had won worldwide endorsement in the past five years.

China had signed the initiative with more than 140 countries and international organisations. It aims to enhance connectivity among countries and regions.

“The BRI is an open platform for cooperation. It is guided by the principle of consultation and collaboration for shared benefits,” he said.

“It is not an exclusive club that is closed to non-members, nor is it a trap as some people have labelled it.
“Rather, the BRI is a transparent initiative with which China shares opportunities and pursues common development with the rest of the world.

Xi said China would make greater contributions “to the common prosperity of the world”.

This year, China has announced new measures to further “open up”, which includes creating a more attractive investment and business environment, significantly lowering the tariffs for 1449 consumer goods and 1585 industrial goods.

It also further cut the tariffs for automobiles and auto parts to 13.8 per cent and 6 per cent respectively and eliminated tariffs on imported anti-cancer drugs.

“With a new round of tariff cuts coming into effect on November the 1st, China’s overall tariff rates have been reduced to 7.5 per cent.

“This is beyond the commitment China made upon its accession to the World Trade Organisation.
“It is also lower than the majority of developing countries.”

Source: The National PNG