Topic-Economies and development

Pyongyang might be ready for a helping hand from Seoul

Pride may get in the way, but mutual success against the coronavirus offers a strong foundation for cooperation. Read More

Does finance matter for health in the Pacific Island countries?

Literature has established that finance matters for a country’s economic growth; does it matter for health as well? Studies investigating this question are emerging—this study… Read More

The prospects for China’s post–COVID-19 economy

Big questions loom around how China can jump-start growth after the coronavirus crisis and the US trade war. Optimists hope that Beijing will summon a massive infrastructure stimulus, triggering a commodity boom, as happened after the global financial crisis in 2009. Griffith Asia Institute, Industry Fellow, Rowan Callick. Read More

Time to get serious about support for the Pacific’s least developed countries

Until early this year the Pacific islands were a rare ray of sunshine for the international development system. The region’s four least developed countries (LDCs)… Read More

The great ‘Global Coronavirus Crisis’ and the PICs

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the globe very hard, especially given the economies were still recovering from the recent shocks of Global Financial Crisis (GFC)… Read More

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

COVID-19 and developing countries: grim predictions of a significant increase in global poverty threaten the attainment of the SDGs

COVID-19 and developing countries: grim predictions of a significant increase in global poverty threaten the attainment of the SDGs 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

Is this the Kindleberger moment?

Covid-19 exposes a power vacuum where exceptionalism and tinfoil hat conspiracy theories go hand in hand. Read More


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