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August 2021

Student climate strike Solomon Islands

The Pacific looks to Glasgow

By Dr Ian Fry As wildfires take lives and ravage property around the Mediterranean and North America and floods destroy… You must be logged in

Emmanuel Macron in Marquesas, French Polynesia

France expands Pacific reach

The French government is expanding its engagement with Pacific Island nations, following the fifth France-Oceania summit, a visit by President Emmanuel Macron to French Polynesia, and increased support by France and the European Union for the Pacific Community (SPC) and other regional organisations.

Fiji General Post Office

Pivoting Post Fiji

What do you do when the global pandemic shuts borders and cuts international mail services; services that were previously your bread and butter? If you are Post Fiji, you diversify your offerings and look to digital options.

Fiame Naomi Mata'afa

Tuilaepa rallies in vain

The political car rally that took place in Apia led by former Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Lupesoliai Malielegaoi on July 30 was reminiscent of the rallies staged by supporters of former President Donald Trump across the United States, even after he lost the 2021 elections and exhausted a number of legal challenges.

Islands Business August 2021 cover

Fiji’s shot in the arm for MSMEs

The Fiji government’s latest budget included a F$200 million (US$94 million) financial package for MSMEs to be rolled out by the Reserve Bank of Fiji and commercial banks.

Bilum & Bilas jewellry

Weaving a path to sustainability

As founder and creative director, Jessica Cassell’s ambition for Papua New Guinea’s Bilum & Bilas is for the venture to be well-known internationally as “a brand that has best practice around in working with artisans and working with cultural creative industries.”

Pacifc kava grower

Kava: brewing up a storm

There’s a storm brewing over the Pacific as a Queensland town mayor suggests kava could be grown in Australia.