Pacific news in brief from October 1st

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US relies on Pacific to fight climate change, says Fritch

French Polynesia President Edouard Fritch said the United States is counting on the Pacific to fight climate change.

The President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch
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Fritch and other Pacific leaders attended the US summit to talk about climate change and geopolitics in the region.

US President Joe Biden hosts the US-Pacific Island Countries Summit with Secretary of State Antony Blinken (right) at the State Department in Washington, DC on September 29, 2022. (Photo by Oliver Contreras / AFP )

US President Joe Biden hosts the US-Pacific Island Countries Summit with Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) at the State Department in Washington, DC.
Photo: AFP/Oliver Contreras

He told TNTV that America’s zero-emissions program will be extremely difficult to achieve.

“He is counting on the countries of the Pacific to lead to war and convince the polluting countries of today to respect the commitments of the COP27, or even to do better. With a goal of zero emissions by 2050, which will be extremely hard.”

He also said the United States plans to send funds to help countries through an energy transition and the road to zero by 2050.

Samoa’s economy registers historically high recession

Samoa’s economy recorded a historically high recession in fiscal year 2021.

A World Bank report on Samoa’s economy, completed in April but released last month, says the government must continue to support the vulnerable and undertake structural reforms to support the recovery.

The closure of the border with Samoa led to a sharp contraction in tourism and related industries and hampered construction activity.

The report said inflation hit an all-time low of minus 3%, amid an economic slowdown, but spiked from December 2021 to February 2022.

Samoa’s economy is expected to contract a further 5% this fiscal year, due to border closures and the national Covid outbreak in March 2022.

Obstacle to limited job opportunities for PNG’s younger generation

PNG’s National Research Institute says that for sustainable development, the country needs to be more inclusive, more integrated and more innovative to help young people earn income by providing more employment opportunities.

The limited job opportunities in PNG are believed to be one of the main reasons why some citizens remain in poverty.

Research intern Julian Melpa said young people have the ability and potential to contribute effectively in moving PNG forward towards realizing its desired future.

But he said inadequate job opportunities are a hindrance for the younger generation to build the nation.

Melpa said creating employment opportunities for youth in the country means building more factories, helping youth to get more involved in agriculture, engaging unemployed youth in community services and providing youth with opportunities. to access loans to do business.

FEMA sends a team to American Samoa

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has dispatched three different teams to American Samoa.

This follows a presidential statement after heavy waves, high winds and flooding hit the territory in July.

The director of the agency’s Region 9 recovery division, Robert Pesapane,

The small disaster recovery team will continue to work on public disaster assistance funding for the severe storms and high tides that hit in July.

He said the agency wants to promptly reimburse American Samoa agencies and other eligible applicants for completed emergency work and permanent work that needs to take place.

With increased seismic activity on Ta’u Island in the Manu’a group of islands and concerns about a volcanic eruption, Pesapane said the agency dispatched a planning, logistics and communication of nine people.

The team is to work with authorities in American Samoa on monitoring and evacuation plans, in case the volcano becomes more active.

Samoa exports turmeric to the United States

The United States Department of Agriculture has authorized the import of fresh turmeric from Samoa.

Turmeric is best known for its use in Indian curry dishes and has become a trendy superfood for its ability to reduce inflammation.

The department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said imported turmeric rhizomes – or horizontal stems – are subject to phytosanitary measures, which prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests or pathogens.

Each shipment must be inspected by the National Plant Protection Organization of Samoa, which must issue a phytosanitary certificate, and it will then be rechecked at the US border.

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