A tense exchange sparked some high level fireworks at the Forum Leaders summit in Nauru on Monday as China’s head of delegation walked out after a flare-up on speaking rights at the Dialogue Partners session.
No-one is owning up to writing a press release, supposedly from the Democratic Party, which sets out options for using a $37 million “surplus” announced by the government recently.
Leaders of the Smaller Island States of the Pacific Islands Forum gathered yesterday morning (CI time) for the first meeting of the 49th Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru.
New Agriculture minister Rose Brown visited a number of agricultural establishments on Friday, including an organic fertiliser company, some schools, a hydroponic farm and vanilla orchard.
The cliffhanger general election result in Mauke, which saw the Cook Islands Party’s Tai Tura win the seat by one vote, will stand, the High Court has decided.
The government is proceeding as planned with the implementation of the Manatua Cable project, a four-country partnership between the Cook Islands, Niue, French Polynesia and Samoa.
The Cook Islands Party’s Tingika Elikana retained the Pukapuka-Nassau seat after a petition against his win in the 2018 general election was withdrawn earlier this week.
The Cook Islands does not agree with Tonga’s call for China to forgive all Pacific debt, says deputy prime minister and finance minister Mark Brown.
Government’s spending on capital expenditure was below budget estimate by 64 per cent, according to the recently released June 2018 Quarterly Financial Report.