Coronavirus in the Pacific

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

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 2 September

Marshallese remain unsatisfied over Runit Dome reporting In Marshall Islands, the US Department of Energy (DoE) has presented its latest report on the Runit Dome. 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

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

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 19 August

COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise in Papua New Guinea In Papua New Guinea, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is continuing to rise. Read More

COVID-19 and a twin deficit: Early lessons from the Solomon Islands

Jack Boe, Senior Analyst at the Central Bank of Solomon Islands shares his views on how a pre-existing economic vulnerabilities make coping with the impact of COVID-19 especially challenging. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 12 August

In this week’s Pacific bulletin, Tess Newton Cain looks at COVID-19 flares in PNG, Seasonal Workers Scheme re-opens on a trial basis, Forum Finance Ministers meet online, New Caledonia independence referendum and travel bubble talks in flux. Read More

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