Topic-Economies and development

As the pandemic ravages global economies, how are things going in the PICs?

The effects of COVID-19 on global economies is described very well in just one word—one which now has become synonymous with the pandemic—“unprecedented”!  In the… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 9 September

Solomon Islands political tensions In Solomon Islands, tensions between the provincial government of Malaita and the national government continue to simmer. Most recently, the premier… Read More

India in the wake of a pandemic-driven recession: Massive loss, modest response?

India’s national statistical agency announced on August 31 that quarterly (April to June, 2020) GDP declined by a massive 23.9 percent. This was the largest recorded… Read More

Responding to the economic fall-out of COVID-19 in Pacific island countries

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating havoc in Pacific island countries (PICs). Within eight months, countries in the region have seen their economies nose-dive to negative… Read More

China’s footprint in the Pacific

Sheldon Chanel shares commentary on the recent "China In the Pacific" webinar as China’s footprint in the Pacific is expected to grow despite the impact of COVID-19. Read More

Cash-“less”, cash-“more” or…? How the pandemic is affecting trends in the PICs

In recent times, there has been a global “push” or trend otherwise, led largely by the new generation to go more and more cash “less”… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 26 August

COVID-19 vaccine concerns in Papua New Guinea The race to find a vaccine to COVID-19 and the attendant geopolitical posturing has found its way to… Read More

Envisioning a Pacific labour market

COVID-19 has demonstrated the central part that connection plays in our lives. We have experienced what can be achieved when people work together and what… Read More

Will Indonesia succumb to a secular growth slow-down? If so, does it matter?

In an iconoclastic paper, Lant Pritchett and Larry Summers (2015), question the standard view that emerging economies in the Asian region that are currently growing… Read More

Pacific Finance and Economic Ministers meet online

Earlier this month the Finance and Economic Ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum member countries met in an online setting. This meeting is one of… Read More

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