The Pacific Islands Forum in Vanuatu

The Pacific Islands Forum in Vanuatu

The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is an intergovernmental organization of the 18 South Pacific countries including Australia and New Zealand. It’s the region’s principal political and economic forum, where many questions related to the reginal cooperation are discussed and many multilateral agreements are signed. The last the 50th PIF was held in August 2019 in Tuvalu. The next 2020 PIF will be held in Vanuatu. The host of this year forum is a tiny island state Tuvalu. This is an archipelago consisting of eight atolls which are just few meters above the sea level. No surprising that the country is very sensitive to the climate change issues, because with the […]

Visa Free Entry to Thailand Is Under Scrutiny

Visa Free Entry to Thailand Is Under Scrutiny

On August 20, 2019 the government of Thailand did not support the proposal on granting the citizens of China and India a visa free entry to Thailand. Such is an outcome of a struggle in the Thai cabinet between those, who wanted the visa waiver to bring more money into the country and those who sounded the alarm about possible security risks. The Tourism and Sports Ministry, which made this proposal, argued that it would be greatly beneficial for the Thai tourism and economy in general. Under the proposal Chinese and Indians would be able to come to the country visa-free and stay for up to 30 days. The visa […]