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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

Covid-19, Governance and the Role of the Opposition

The uncertainty about COVID-19 and its impact on our economies makes it even more important that governments do the right thing in terms of their policies. This crisis has already been a turning point for many countries. It has imposed new imperatives for policies, governance and accountability to ensure that scarce resources are utilised in a transparent and efficient manner so that the adverse impact on the quality of lives of our people can be cushioned. If we make mistakes in our response, in our preparedness for the post covid-19 scenario, then those mistakes would not be ones which can be corrected easily. They would be serious mistakes with potentially irreversible consequences. Read More

Financial development in Vanuatu on a global scale

This joint Reserve Bank of Vanuatu-Griffith University working paper is part of an ongoing extensive research capacity building program led by Griffith University for the South Pacific central banks. The views and opinions expressed in this study are those of the authors and do not reflect those of the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu or its Board. Read More

Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

This week saw a dramatic slowing in the number of new cases in the Pacific islands with 259 reported, up from 239 last week. Australia and… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

Kiribati elections The two rounds of elections to decide the new Parliament have concluded. The Presidential elections will take place in June. A total of… Read More

How might coronavirus change Australia’s ‘Pacific Step-up’?

A more sophisticated and nuanced Pacific Step-up that addresses the challenges posed by coronavirus provides Australia with an opportunity to demonstrate to Pacific counterparts its ability and willingness to offer something that is different and more valuable than is available elsewhere. Read More

Finding and reporting news in Solomon Islands: the early days

Initially, I ran Solomon Toktok single-handedly: collecting and writing stories, soliciting for advertisements, delivering papers at newspaper outlets, taking photographs, administering accounts and banking, newspaper wrapping and newspaper paste-up or lay-out, a task that I had hated most. It didn’t come easily to me as my training and background were in broadcast journalism. The same went for putting together headlines and captioning photographs. Read More

Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

Some good news from the Pacific this week as World Health Organization figures show a dramatic slowing in the number of new cases across the… Read More

Vanuatu elects new prime minister as country reels from devastating cyclone

Bob Loughman, an MP from the island of Tanna, will become the next prime minister of the south Pacific nation Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

Vanuatu has a new government Vanuatu has a new government. The Parliament sat on April 20th, a month after the country went to the polls… Read More


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