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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

TESS NEWTON CAIN AND DAN MCGARRY |    This week saw a dramatic slowing in the number of new cases in the Pacific islands with 259… Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Kiribati elections The two rounds of elections to decide the new Parliament have concluded. The Presidential elections will take… 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

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Vanuatu has a new government Vanuatu has a new government. The Parliament sat on April 20th, a month after… Read More

Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

Infection figures remain low for the Pacific, but they have more than doubled since last week. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 215 positive cases in the Pacific, excluding Australia and New Zealand. Northern Marianas Islands have reported two more cases “under investigation”. Two people have died there. Read More

Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 15 April

TESS NEWTON CAIN  |    Impacts of Tropical Cyclone Harold The impacts of Tropical Cyclone Harold are being felt in four countries across the… Read More


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