Coronavirus in the Pacific

COVID-19 delivers a body blow to Pacific tourism

The Pacific’s $4.2 billion tourism industry has been brought to its knees by COVID-19, with no certain signs of a proper recovery for at least two years. Tourism receipts from air travel alone totalled US$4.2 billion in 2019, an increase from US$4 billion in 2018. The economic fallout from the decline is expected to be severe in a region prone to natural disasters, and high levels of poverty and unemployment. Read More

Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

Tess Newton Cain (Griffith Asia Institute) and Dan McGarry share this weeks update of covid19 in the Pacific. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

Barrick fallout continues In Papua New Guinea, the fallout from the government’s decision not to renew the mining licence of Barrick (Niugini) Gold (BNG) has… Read More

Covid-19, Governance and the Role of the Opposition

The uncertainty about COVID-19 and its impact on our economies makes it even more important that governments do the right thing in terms of their policies. This crisis has already been a turning point for many countries. It has imposed new imperatives for policies, governance and accountability to ensure that scarce resources are utilised in a transparent and efficient manner so that the adverse impact on the quality of lives of our people can be cushioned. If we make mistakes in our response, in our preparedness for the post covid-19 scenario, then those mistakes would not be ones which can be corrected easily. They would be serious mistakes with potentially irreversible consequences. 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

Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

Some good news from the Pacific this week as World Health Organization figures show a dramatic slowing in the number of new cases across the… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

Vanuatu has a new government Vanuatu has a new government. The Parliament sat on April 20th, a month after the country went to the polls… Read More

Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

Infection figures remain low for the Pacific, but they have more than doubled since last week. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 215 positive cases in the Pacific, excluding Australia and New Zealand. Northern Marianas Islands have reported two more cases “under investigation”. Two people have died there. Read More

COVID-19 and a twin deficit: Early lessons from the Solomon Islands
The Pacific nuclear legacy belongs to climate change activism
No war with China, cold or hot
Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 12 August

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