Pacific Forum

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

Keeping SMEs afloat during COVID-19: How are the PICs responding?

As a vulnerable group, SMEs are particularly at risk of failure from the prolonged consequences of COVID-19. Dr Lan Nguyen looks at Pacific Island Countries. Read More

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

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

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

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

Central banking roles, financial strength, and reputation

Central banks have increasingly become a country’s national identity. Their roles are uniquely defined in their charters and have become important pillars supporting and managing… Read More

A closer look at youth entrepreneurship in the Pacific

The developmental futures of Pacific states are intrinsically intertwined with the entrepreneurial opportunities available to their youth populations. Aidan Craney discusses further. Read More

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Our research focuses on the trade and business, politics, governance, security, economies and development of the Asia Pacific and their significance for Australia. Griffith University is committed to advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the region.