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Pacific Forum is commentary, analysis, insights and thought leadership on financial and economic policymaking related issues, focusing primarily on the Pacific Island Countries (PICs). These include commentaries on research working papers authored jointly by Griffith University and its MoU South Pacific central bank partners—PNG, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Timor Leste. The Forum aims to explore relevant issues with a “research” lens and thereby encourage and facilitate discussion and debate among policymakers, academics and others in the region.
The views expressed on the Forum are those of the individual authors and don not represent the views of SPCCB or the institutions to which the authors are attached.
Pacific Forum is run by:
- Parmendra Sharma SPCCB Program convenor
- Tarlok Singh, SPCCB Leader-Policy
- Jen-Je Su, SPCCB Leader-Research
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Pacific Finance and Economic Ministers meet online
Central banking roles, strength, and reputation
A closer look at Pacific youth entrepreneurship
Financial inclusion of women market vendors
COVID-19 and a twin deficit: Early lessons from SI
IMF’s new central bank transparency code
A tale of two sectors: Women leaders in Vanuatu
The impact of COVID-19 and policy measures in PNG
Adapting remittances to the new normal in Fiji
COVID-19 has disrupted data collection as well…
Revised growth predictions 2019-2020
Post-COVID international economic order for PICs
Credit unions, savings and loan societies in PICS
Financial integration: An OZ-PICs-NZ proposal
Information sharing among Pacific central banks
Trade and poverty: Some considerations for PICs
COVID-19: Information sharing is vital
COVID-19 and Solomon Islands: How is the economy?
Capacity building and central banking in the PICs
Monetary policy statement by the Governor BPNG
Ecosystems, climate change and GDP
COVID-19 and the PICs: Where to from here?
Does finance matter for health in the PICs?
The great ‘Global Coronavirus Crisis’ and the PICs
COVID-19 Aid to the Pacific
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Aid Tracker Database
Explore Griffith Asia Institute's COVID-19 Pacific Aid tracker database.
February 25, 2021
How are businesses in the Pacific really doing?
The COVID-19 global pandemic and accompanying economic crisis continues to create compounded challenges for the Pacific private sector. With closed international borders, interrupted trade routes and ...
February 23, 2021
Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 24 February
Vanuatu announces the opening of a ‘Tamtam bubble’ The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Hon Bob Loughman, has announced the opening of a ‘Tamtam bubble’. Starting in April, there will be an easing of restri...
February 16, 2021
Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 17 February
Samoa steps up on regional ructions The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, has spoken publicly on two issues that touch on regionalism and regional unity. As one of the longe...
February 16, 2021
With five countries set to quit, is it curtains for the Pacific Islands Forum?
It has been a bruising couple of weeks for the Pacific Islands Forum after five Micronesian countries announced they were leaving the region’s key intergovernmental body. But rumours of...
February 15, 2021
Regionalism in Retreat
Prophesies of the end of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) as we know it are close to being fulfilled after a virtual and very tense leaders’ meeting last week. The difficulties of this awkward format, ...
February 11, 2021
The Torres Strait Treaty, a journey of Islander autonomy
“We are happy to share what we have in the Torres Strait, but we will not give – not a teaspoon of water, not a grain of sand.” This was the war cry of Torres Strait Islander Getano ...
February 09, 2021
Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 10 February
Micronesian countries announce their intention to leave the Pacific Islands Forum Further to the decision to appoint Henry Puna as Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum, the Micronesian Presi...
February 03, 2021
Cairns charts course for major Pacific hub status
Shipyards in the port city of Cairns in far-north Queensland are set to boom, with hundreds of millions of dollars projected to be spent on naval infrastructure, all with a view to making the town a m...
February 02, 2021
Weekly Pacific Bulletin | 3 February
Cyclones menace the region Barely a month since the passage of TC Yasa, Fiji has been pummelled by TC Ana which developed into a category two system as it crossed the country. There was extensive floo...