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The Pacific Forum blog features articles that directly relate to pertinent issues faced by the Pacific Islands. The blog offers an excellent opportunity for colleagues to develop independent thinking, analysis, insight and depth relating to Pacific-centric financial-economic challenges. It also signals an intention of policymakers to deliberate on and engage with the public on matters of national concern. Ultimately, we aim to expand our reach and contribute to public discourse by publishing articles that resonate beyond our region.

Labour schemes, remittances, and the Pacific: An opportunity to utilise Papua New Guinea’s unemployed youth bulge

MARK OFOI  |    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently reported a notable rise in Australia-New Zealand worker visa approvals from the Pacific between… Read More

Labour schemes, remittances and the Pacific—what about financial capability?

PARMENDRA SHARMA  |    [This article is part of a series on foreign labour schemes, remittance and the Pacific] Pros and cons of labour… Read More

Australia’s International Development Policy, 2023: Implications for the Pacific

MARK OFOI  |    Download Australia’s International Development Policy PDF “It has been almost 10 years since… Read More

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Development Finance Review: Implications for the Pacific

SAKIUSA NABOU |    Download Development Finance Review PDF The Australian Government is committed to deepening its engagement with the Indo-Pacific. A peaceful,… Read More

Data constraints impeding MSME development – A case for Fiji

SAKIUSA NABOU |    Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are believed to contribute to at least 18 percent of Fiji’s GDP. Now, what… Read More

Digital technologies vis- à-vis trade in Pacific island countries 

KELERA ROGOIRUWAI AND KALOLAINI RANADI  |    Introduction  International trade is critical to a country’s economic and social well-being. Advanced economies continue to leverage… Read More

Financial system development in the Solomon Islands

ANGELINE ROHOIA, KATIE LONGE’AU AND RAYNOLD MICAH MOVENI  |   The undeniable importance of finance in fostering growth and development is now firmly established. Countless studies have explored the finance-growth nexus and development of financial sectors, per se, across developed and developing countries. Despite this wealth of research, the Pacific region remains largely under-studied. Read More

Reserve Bank of Australia review: Corporate governance lessons for the Pacific 

MARK OFOI  |    Reviews on state institutions are conducted, among others, to enhance systems of good governance with the intent to augment outcomes, installing… Read More

Reserve Bank of Australia review inspires Pacific central banks to be fit-for-purpose 

SAKIUSA NABOU |    The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) review has provided some thought-provoking insights that central banks in the… Read More

Reserve Bank of Australia Review: Research to policy (R2P)

PARMENDRA SHARMA  |  The eagerly awaited Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Review report was delivered in May 2023. The anticipation stemmed from two… Read More

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