Topic-Economies and development

The impact of COVID-19 and policy measures undertaken in Papua New Guinea

The unprecedented scale and magnitude of the COVID-19 damage across the globe has caused loss of human life and massive disruption to economic activity. The… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 22 July

In this week’s Pacific bulletin, Tess Newton Cain looks at COVID-19 update, unemployment support progress in the northern Pacific, PNG supports China in UN vote, Fiji Budget handed down and pardons in Vanuatu. Read More

Adapting remittances to the new normal—the case of Fiji

Remittance flow is falling victim to COVID-19. Eserani Munivai suggests expanding connectivity may enhance financial and digital literacy to reduce costs and deepen access across previously excluded segments in Pacific societies. Read More

PNG’s peril is Beijing’s chance

Papua New Guinea was the only Pacific country to back China’s harsh security legislation for Hong Kong. Rowan Callick suggests PNG's declining economy may be pushing them closer to Beijing. Read More

Regional wrap | 54

 ‘Australia has to act; we have to build the region and the world we want. If we don’t, others will do it for us. And… Read More

COVID-19 has disrupted data collection as well…

ANGELINE ROHOIA | Prior to COVID-19, gathering and compiling economic data was burdensome in the Solomon Islands. Coupled with the lack of political commitment to adequately resource national institutions responsible for collection and dissemination of economic data, the outbreak of COVID-19 and the scale down of the government’s workforce to skeleton staff and social distancing has further hampered the flow of economic data between data providers and data users. Read More

How shared distrust of China Is fueling closer India-Australia relations

Professor Ian Hall, Griffith Asia Institute shares insights on the strengthening of India-Australia Relations Read More

Imagining a new post-COVID-19 international economic order for the Pacific islands

A new international economic order must be embraced for the Pacific islands which places our peoples and cultural heritage at the core of this new development paradigm. Dr Transform Aqorau shares his insights. Read More

Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji: Revised growth predictions 2019-2020

Statement by the Chairman of the Macroeconomic Committee and Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, Mr Ariff Ali. Read More

The spending splurge matters, regardless of what modern monetary theory says

There are a number of reasons why deficits and debt do matter, even if the debt is effectively owed to the central bank and even if it has been created in a recession, or in anticipation of one – as is the case for the COVID-19 to the economy. Read More


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