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Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

Griffith Asia Institute's Tess Newton Cain and Dan McGarry share a weekly update on Covid19 in the Pacific. Read More

COVID-19 and the PICs: Where to from here?

PARMENDRA SHARMA | Economies around the world—small, large, developing, developed, emerging—all sizes and types—are now at some point in the post-COVID-19 economic recovery… Read More

Does finance matter for health in the Pacific Island countries?

Literature has established that finance matters for a country’s economic growth; does it matter for health as well? Studies investigating this question are emerging—this study… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Tensions in Port Moresby Tensions in Port Moresby rose after a senior police officer was killed by off… Read More

Time to get serious about support for the Pacific’s least developed countries

Until early this year the Pacific islands were a rare ray of sunshine for the international development system. The region’s four least developed countries (LDCs)… Read More

The great ‘Global Coronavirus Crisis’ and the PICs

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the globe very hard, especially given the economies were still recovering from the recent shocks of Global Financial Crisis (GFC)… Read More

COVID-19 delivers a body blow to Pacific tourism

The Pacific’s $4.2 billion tourism industry has been brought to its knees by COVID-19, with no certain signs of a proper recovery for at least two years. Tourism receipts from air travel alone totalled US$4.2 billion in 2019, an increase from US$4 billion in 2018. The economic fallout from the decline is expected to be severe in a region prone to natural disasters, and high levels of poverty and unemployment. Read More

Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

Tess Newton Cain (Griffith Asia Institute) and Dan McGarry share this weeks update of covid19 in the Pacific. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Barrick fallout continues In Papua New Guinea, the fallout from the government’s decision not to renew the mining license… 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


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