Samoa Commercial Bank takes online initiative

Samoa Commercial Bank

A local bank in Samoa has taken the initiative to make the next step towards progressing e-commerce and has announced that their small loan requests can now be submitted online. In a statement issued by the Samoa Commercial Bank (SCB), customers just have to register with the bank’s internet banking […]

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Mastercard + Vodafone Fiji launch new product

Mastercard Vodafone Fiji

By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti Mastercard has partnered up with Vodafone Fiji to launch a new Mastercard product aimed at improving financial inclusion and supporting remittance payments. Mastercard Country Manager for New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, Ruth Riviere says “as the world moves towards digital payments and online shopping, M-PAiSA Mastercard […]

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Gender, entrepreneurship and coping during COVID-19: Indonesia’s GoFood merchants

A woman food merchant in Jakarta, Indonesia

By Yesim Elhan-Kayalar, Yasuyuki Sawada and Yana van der Meulen Rodgers The COVID-19 pandemic affected businesses of all scales and types worldwide. However, little is known about the role and potential of online platforms in supporting micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) during such crises, particularly in emerging markets. We […]

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Fong shifts sights to ticketing

George Ticketmax

By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti Having built a name for himself with a bow and arrows, George Fong has shifted his sights to meeting the need for a ticket-organising app for Fijian event holders. TicketMax, a new event ticketing platform, was created from scratch by Fong and is designed for anyone who […]

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LinkedIn Masterclass for Pacific businesses

PTI Australia

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia, the region’s leading trade and investment promotion agency, have opened applications to business professionals across the Blue Pacific region for PTI Australia’s LinkedIn Essentials – Pacific Masterclass, a pioneering initiative specifically tailored for Pacific businesses. The first of its kind, the interactive online workshop seeks […]

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Rinesh Sharma: Smart Farms

Rinesh Sharma

By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti Entrepreneur and new parliamentarian, Rinesh Sharma, is a 29-year-old with a desire to make a difference in his community. He is no stranger to failure, hard work, or the agricultural landscape. But his entrepreneurial mindset and passion for farming are what drives him. “What really helped me […]

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