April, 2020

Financial development in Vanuatu on a global scale

This joint Reserve Bank of Vanuatu-Griffith University working paper is part of an ongoing extensive research capacity building program led by Griffith University for the South Pacific central banks. The views and opinions expressed in this study are those of the authors and do not reflect those of the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu or its Board. Read More

Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

This week saw a dramatic slowing in the number of new cases in the Pacific islands with 259 reported, up from 239 last week. Australia and… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

Kiribati elections The two rounds of elections to decide the new Parliament have concluded. The Presidential elections will take place in June. A total of… Read More

How might coronavirus change Australia’s ‘Pacific Step-up’?

A more sophisticated and nuanced Pacific Step-up that addresses the challenges posed by coronavirus provides Australia with an opportunity to demonstrate to Pacific counterparts its ability and willingness to offer something that is different and more valuable than is available elsewhere. Read More

Even Xi not immune from politics of corona

Xi Jinping has his mojo back. Since his seeming struggle to respond coherently to the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan at the start of the year, China’s paramount leader appears to sense he is back on top of the world, that the future is in his hands. He has regained his political equilibrium and reverted to his regular stance in facing such challenges — he has gone on the attack, doubling down at home and abroad. Read More

COVID-19 and South East Asia: the week that was

Cambodia receives 16 tonnes of medical supplies from China Indonesia's President bans mudik Philippines extends lockdown in several provinces across Luzon Singapore prepares temporary mega-structures to accommodate migrant workers Vietnam begins to ease COVID-19 restrictions Read More

Finding and reporting news in Solomon Islands: the early days

Initially, I ran Solomon Toktok single-handedly: collecting and writing stories, soliciting for advertisements, delivering papers at newspaper outlets, taking photographs, administering accounts and banking, newspaper wrapping and newspaper paste-up or lay-out, a task that I had hated most. It didn’t come easily to me as my training and background were in broadcast journalism. The same went for putting together headlines and captioning photographs. Read More

Sick refugee takes on Peter Dutton over coronavirus detention fears

A refugee in immigration detention has launched a High Court challenge against Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and his department over the threat of COVID-19 infection risk while held in immigration detention. Read More

The economic consequences of COVID-19: For the first time in 60 years, growth is expected to be zero in the Asian region

The Asian region, which includes some of the most dynamic economies in the world and accounts for more than 60% of the global population, is facing zero growth for the first time in 60 years. The region has endured the oil crisis and stock market crash in the early 1970s, the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98 as well as the global financial crisis of 2008-2009 without suffering a region-wide recession, although a number of countries experienced negative growth. Read More

Regional wrap

- Australia leads calls to review the WHO's functioning - Sino-US tensions escalate in the South China Sea - India tightens crucial foreign investment policy Read More

Trump took a sledgehammer to US-China relations. This won’t be an easy fix, even if Biden wins
From the Forum Foreign Ministers…
Duelling diplomacy over South East Asia’s most important river
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