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2015 Update - Tonga Commits To Stamp Out Illegal, Unregulated Fishing
Tonga ratifies Niue Agreement, seventh country to do so

Tonga is the 7th country to commit to the Niue agreement that aims to stamp out illegal, unlicensed and unregulated fishing in the tuna-rich economic zones of the Pacific Islands.

The directors of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) yesterday welcomed Tonga’s ratification.

The fisheries problems remain an ongoing challenge for regional and global fisheries, and Pacific member nations of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).

"Combatting illegal, unlicensed and unregulated fishing is central to what our Pacific Forum Leaders have tasked us – to ensure maximum economic returns whilst achieving sustainability of the resource," said FFA Deputy Director General Wez Norris.

2015 Update - Regional Network of Government Legal Officers Gather in Samoa for 5th Forum

Senior government lawyers from across the region have gathered in Samoa for the 5th meeting of the Pacific Legislative Drafters Technical Forum held from 29 September to 2 October at the Samoa Conference Centre in Apia. The Drafter’s Forum is the regional network for senior government lawyers responsible for legislative drafting in Pacific Islands Forum Countries. The four day meeting is convened by the Government of Samoa, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific Office.

The meeting forms part of the Forum Secretariat’s ongoing support to legislative drafting services in Forum Island Countries which include: facilitating professional development and training opportunities for government lawyers responsible for legislative drafting; providing legislative drafting assistance; and coordinating the provision of legislative drafting assistance from other regional organisations.In his opening remarks, the Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo, highlighted the important role of legislative drafters.

2015 Update - Act sets benchmark for protection of children in PNG

The drafting of the Lukautim Pikinini Act is in order and sets a benchmark for the protection of children in Papua New Guinea, says Secretary Constitutional and Law Reform Commission (CLRC), Dr Eric Kwa.
Kwa said CLRC had helped the Department of Youth, Religion and Community Development draft the bill.  

“The actual Bill took almost took five years. When we came in we got it completed within 12 months. It is now in the process of getting the Act through to be certified,” he said.