Coronavirus in the Pacific

COVID-19: Danger or opportunity for tourism livelihoods in Pacific islands?

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Pacific nations acted quickly to close borders in order to protect… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 25 November

Budget passed in Papua New Guinea In a further twist to the political drama playing out in PNG, the Marape government was back in Parliament… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 18 November

Political upheaval in Papua New Guinea Just 18 months since he took on the role of Prime Minister, James Marape now faces a battle… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 4 November

Controversial funding of biomedical start-up in Papua New Guinea Government funding of a biomedical start-up in PNG has caused controversy. Niugini Biomed was established as… Read More

Calls for a COVID ‘kava bubble’ as supply from Pacific to Australia dries up

Kava-crisis - With little of the homemade Pacific brew available in Australia, prices have skyrocketed, and there’s been a spike in seizures at the border Read More

From the Forum Foreign Ministers…

Last week, the Foreign Ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum met as one of the standing committees of the inter-governmental organisation. Dr Tess Newton Cain shares her insights. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 21 October

New security centre to be located in Vanuatu The government of Australia has announced that its Fusion Centre will be homed in Vanuatu. The Centre… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 14 October

Solomon Islands reports COVID-19 cases Authorities in Solomon Islands have confirmed that their country is no longer free from cases of COVID-19. There have… Read More

Battling COVID-19 amid dwindling government finances: An update from the Solomon Islands

In April this year, scores of public servants, those considered nonessential, were briefly put out of work. Although they have now been reinstated, their ministries’… Read More

Good neighbours? Supporting countries of the Pacific in meeting COVID-19 challenges

COVID-19 and its attendant health and economic impacts have left no part of the world untouched. As the year has progressed, bilateral and multilateral relationships, especially with Australia, have played a very significant part in how Pacific island countries have prepared for and responded to the crisis. Read More

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