Pacific Update

2017 Pacific Update

2017 Pacific update was held on June 20-21, 2017, at the University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji.

This conference was organised by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre, and the University of the South Pacific (USP) School of Economics.

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The Pacific Update Conference is the premier forum for discussing important issues of public policy in the Pacific. This annual event gathers policymakers, academics and researchers, business people, and development practitioners to present on and discuss economic, social and regional developments in the region. Perspectives from multiple disciplines were encouraged. Sessions of the two-day conference was oriented around three main themes of pressing importance to countries in the Pacific region:

  • Enhancing connectivity (e.g. regional cooperation, trade, infrastructure and ICT)
  • Blue-Green economy (including but not limited to climate change and disaster resilience)
  • Labour mobility, job creation, and labour market developments

Presenters and participants were also invited to submit papers to a special Pacific-focused issue of the Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies journal. Details are available here.

2016 Pacific Update

The 2016 Pacific Update was held on July 18-19, 2016, at the University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji.

The Conference was organised by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the ADB Institute (ADBI), the Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre, and the University of the South Pacific (USP).

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Presentations - Day 1

Plenary Session 1

Welcome Address
Rajesh Chandra, Vice Chancellor and President, USP
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Plenary Session 2
Regional Economic Overview
Emma Veve, Director, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Plenary Session 3
Fiji Outlook and Launch of the Fiji Country Diagnostics Study
Barry Whiteside, Governor, Reserve Bank of Fiji
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Fiji: Building Inclusive Institutions for Sustained Growth
Edimon Ginting, Director, ADB
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Parallel Session 1a: State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Reform

Finding Balance 2016: Benchmarking SOE Performance in Island Economies
Chris Russell, SOE & Governance Expert, Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI)
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Reforming The Marshalls Energy Company
David Paul, Senator, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)
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Political Commitment and Governance: Two Drivers of SOE Reform in Tonga Sione ‘Akau’ola, CEO for Public Enterprises, Ministry of Public Enterprises, Tonga
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Kiribati SOE Reform Experience
Kietau Tabwebweiti, National SOE Reform Specialist, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Kiribati
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Parallel Session 1b: Tourism and Agricultural Development

The Political Economy of Tourism Development in the South Pacific
Marcus Stephenson, Head of School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, USP
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Agriculture and Tourism: Leveraging the Synergies for Growth
Tim Martyn, Policy Officer, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation
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Coffee Supply Chain Development and Tourism in Timor-Leste
David Freedman, Country Economist for Timor-Leste, ADB
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Agrotourism and Policy for Linking Tourism and Agricultural Development Chetan Shah, Senior Lecturer, Fiji National University (FNU)
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Parallel Session 1c: Disaster Response and Resilience

The Role of Community Engagement in Building Resilience Against Disasters
Eci K. Nabalarua, Dean of College of Humanities and Education, FNU
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Climate Vulnerability, Tenure Security, and Resettlement Priorities in Lami Town, Fiji
Dan Orcherton, Director, Centre for Sustainable Technology & Development, FNU
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How Resilient are Poor Households in the Low‐lying Islands of Tuvalu to Disasters?
Tauisi Taupo, PhD Candidate, Victoria University of Wellington
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Parallel Session 2a: Climate Change and Disaster Response Financing

Regional Approaches to Disaster Risk Financing in the Pacific
Johannes Wolff, Economist (Public Finance), ADB
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Aid for Adaptation to Climate Change in Oceania
Carola Betzold, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Antwerp
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The Practicability and Applicability of Payment for Ecosystem Services in the Protection of Samoa’s Watershed Areas
Susana Taua’a, Head of Department of Social Sciences, National University of Samoa
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Financing for Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island Developing States
Stacy-ann Robinson, PhD Scholar (Climate Change Adaptation), ANU
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Parallel Session 2b: Private Sector Development

‘Through the Looking Glass’ on RMI’s Private Sector Development
Ellen Milne, President, Marshall Islands Chamber of Commerce
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Innovation and the Private Sector in Fiji
Malcolm Bossley, Country Team Coordinator for Fiji, Market Development Facility
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Building Better Government-Private Sector Policy Dialogue in Vanuatu
Anita Jowitt, Employer Representative, Vanuatu Tripartite Labor Advisory Council
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Managing ‘Wantok System’ Influence: Improving Solomon Islands’ Business Climate
Emmanuel Joseph Iyabora, Lecturer, University of Fiji
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Parallel Session 2c: Managing Resource Rich Economies

Resource Management and Economic Diversification in Timor-Leste
Filipe Nery Bernardo, Acting Coordinator, Petroleum Fund Administration Unit, Ministry of Finance, Timor-Leste
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Survey of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Economy
Win Nicholas and Nelson Atip, Lecturers, University of PNG
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Mitigating the Downside of PNG’s Natural Resource Dependency Jonathan Pryke, Research Fellow, Lowy Institute
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Clusters as a Tool for Economic Growth: The PNG Cluster Initiative
Paula Norris, International Development Consultant
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Plenary Session 4: Launch of ANU-World Bank Pacific Labor Mobility Study

Launch of ANU-World Bank Pacific Labor Mobility Study
Stephen Howes, Director of the Development Policy Centre, ANU; Richard Curtain, Fellow, DPC, ANU; Jesse Doyle, Labor Migration Specialist, World Bank and Matthew Dornan, Deputy Director, Development Policy Centre, ANU
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Plenary Session 5: Renewable Energy

How to Build Institutional Capacity for Green Energy
Bokhwan Yu, Deputy Dean, ADBI
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Path to 100% Renewable Energy Coverage in Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Dallas Young, Commercial Manager, Rarotonga Electricity Authority, Cook Islands
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Challenges with Moving to Higher Renewable Energy Penetration in Tuvalu
Mafalu Lotolua, General Manager, Tuvalu Electricity Corporation
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Renewable Energy Update in Vanuatu
Anthony Garae, Director of the Dept. of Energy, Ministry of Climate Change, Vanuatu
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Presentations - Day 2

Parallel Session 3a: Labor Mobility and Migration

Sustainable Development Needed in the FSM to Prevent Migration
Gerson Jackson, Former Ambassador to Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
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Socioeconomic Effects of Migration and Remittance Flows Among FSM Migrants
Michael J. Levin, Independent Consultant
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The Hidden Crime of Human Trafficking in the Pacific Islands Region
Patricia J. Kailola, A/CEO, Pacific Dialogue Limited
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The Effectiveness of Australia and New Zealand’s Seasonal Workers Schemes in Promoting Sustainable Economic Development in the Pacific
Macnos Mutano, Junior Economic Affairs Officer, Office of the Chief Trade Adviser
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Parallel Session 3b: Roads and Transport Infrastructure

Economic Spillovers of Infrastructure Spending (via videocon)
Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
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The Impact of Road Infrastructure Development on Household Welfare in PNG
Christopher Edmonds, Senior Economist, ADB
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Road Maintenance and Decentralization: The Case of PNG
Matthew Dornan, Deputy-Director, Development Policy Centre, ANU
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Improving PWD Accessibility in Transport Infrastructure in the Pacific Islands
Setareki Macanawai, CEO, Pacific Disability Forum
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Parallel Session 3c: Training the Next Generation of Leaders

Sustainable Value Creation though Networking
Lekshmi N. Pillai, Executive Dean, School of Business & Public Policy, University of PNG
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Challenges Faced by Future Entrepreneurs in Timor-Leste
Fernando Baptista Anuno, Dean of Faculty of Economics and Management, Timor-Leste National University (UNTL)
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Supporting Developmental Leadership Among Youth in the Pacific
Peni Tawake, Program Officer, Pacific Leadership Program and Tarusila Bradburgh, Secretariat Coordinator, Pacific Youth Council
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Parallel Session 4a: Governance

Where did our Renaissance Go? Challenges facing the Melanesian Spearhead Group
Tess Newton Cain, Principal, TNC Pacific Consulting
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Efficiency and Fairness in Government Expenditure
Wawan Juswanto, Senior Economist, ADBI
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Public Sector Asset Management in the Pacific Islands Josh Utoikamanu, Consultant and Former Director, PICPA
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Parallel Session 4b: Climate Change Adaptation and Education
Information Needs for Climate Change Adaptation among Farmers in Fiji
Hirdesh K. Sachan, Head of Department of Crop Production, FNU
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Quality Assured TVET Qualifications in Resilience for the Pacific Islands Region
Tess Martin, Senior Lecturer, USP
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Building Future Climate Leaders: Leadership & Communication Training for COP21
Morgan Wairiu, Deputy Director, Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, USP
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Policy Initiatives to Promote Climate Smart Production Systems
Shipra Shah, Head of Department of Forestry, FNU
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Parallel Session 4c: Regional Trade and Export Competitiveness

Update on Bilateralism and Development: Emerging Trade Patterns in the Pacific
Veniana Qalo, Trade Policy Adviser, Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS)
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Marginalization Postponed? Trade Negotiations in the Pacific Islands Wesley Morgan, Lecturer, USP
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Evolving Trade and Economic Linkages between the Pacific and Asia
Benjamin Radoc, Advisor, ADB
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Parallel Session 5a: Fisheries

Community-based Approaches to Fisheries Management in Kiribati
Moses Amos, Director, Division of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Marine Ecosystems, SPC
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Netting Billions: A Global Valuation of Tuna
Quentin Hanich, Fisheries Governance Program Leader, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security
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Rising Fisheries License Revenues in the Pacific
Maria Carina Tinio, Associate Economics and Statistics Analyst, ADB
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Parallel Session 5b: Labor Market Development and Remittances

Alternative Perspectives on Labor Market Development in the Pacific
Andrew Parker, Principal Social Sector Economist, ADB
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The Impact of Aid and Remittances: Testing the Dutch Disease Hypothesis on Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu
T.K. Jayaraman, Professor, FNU
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Labor Market Constraints and Challenges in Fiji Sunil Kumar, Senior Lecturer, USP
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Remittances: De-risking and Its Impact on Pacific Island Forum Countries Raymond Prasad, Economic Advisers, PIFS

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Parallel Session 5c: Sovereign Wealth and Public Trust Funds

Trust Funds in the Pacific: Update on Operations and Performance
Christopher Edmonds, Senior Economist, ADB
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The Status and Challenges of Trust Fund Management Facing the North Pacific
Gerard Cruz, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Asia Pacific Assoc. for Fiduciary Studies
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Raising Investment Governance in the Pacific to Global Standards
Ross Fowler, Chief Executive Officer, fi360 Pacific
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The New Nauru Trust Fund
Roland Rajah, Nauru Country Economist, ADB
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Parallel Session 6a: Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Role of ICT in Development
Rajesh Chandra, Vice Chancellor and President, USP
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Enhancing ICT in the Pacific: Becoming #connected
Emma Veve, Director, ADB
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Palau Telecomm Landscape and the Current Fiber Optic Project
Rhinehart Silas, Chairman, Palau National Telecommunications Commission
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Timor-Leste ‘s Unique Experience in Reforming the Telecommunication Sector
Inacio Moreira, Vice Minister, Public Works, Transport, & Communication, Timor-Leste
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Parallel Session 6b: Developments and Prospects in Fiji

Remittances and Household Consumption Behavior: Findings from Fiji
Rukmani Gounder, Professor, Massey University
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Fiji’s Macro-Economy in the Short to Medium Term
Rup Singh, Senior Lecturer, USP
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Exploring the Disparity in SME Market Offerings in Fiji
Asaeli T. Tuibeqa, Development Manager, FNU
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Parallel Session 6c: Health and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

Outcomes of the Pacific NCD Summit
Paula Vivili, Director of Public Health Division, SPC
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A Systematic Review of Economic Analyses of Preventive Interventions for NCDs
Masoud Mohammadnezhad, Associate Professor, FNU
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A Policy Framework to Address NCDs and Food Security in the Pacific
Ravi Ram, Independent Health Evaluation Consultant and Former Principal Advisor, SPC
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A Snapshot of Disease Based Costing from Fiji Health Accounts
Wayne Irava, Associate Professor, FNU and Idrish Khan, National Health Accounts Coordinator, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Fiji
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Plenary Session 6: Closing Ceremony

Closing Address
Andie Fong Toy, Deputy Secretary General for Economic Governance and Security Programme, PIFS

Closing Statements from Co-sponsors
Emma Veve, Director, ADB; Bokhwan Yu, Deputy Dean, ADBI; Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre, ANU and Rajesh Chandra, Vice Chancellor and President, USP

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2015 Pacific Update

Organised by the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank Institute, the Development Policy Centre and the University of the South Pacific, the 2015 Pacific Update was held in Suva on July 15-16, 2015 at the University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus,Fiji.
This year, there were over 60 papers and 18 session on topics such as gender inequality, aid and development, trade, migration, tourism, education, disaster risk management, and macroeconomic and fiscal policy.

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Presentations - Day 1

Opening session
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Official launch: Pacific opportunities: leveraging Asia’s growth
Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean, ADBI & Emma Veve, Director, Pacific Department, ADB
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Opening plenary session
Regional economic outlook
Christopher Edmonds, Senior Economist, Pacific Department, ADB
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Keynote presentation: Developments on Pacific labor mobility
Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre, ANU
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Parallel Session 1a: Macroeconomic policy
Hard pegs versus intermediate currency arrangements in the Pacific
Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean, ADB; Matthias Helble, Research Fellow, ADBI & Ahmad Prasetyo, Lecturer, Bandung Institute of Technology
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The role of Central Bank in supporting Fiji’s economic growth
Ariff Ali, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of Fiji
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Policy Challenges and Responses in the Pacific: A PFTAC Perspective
Scott Roger, Project Coordinator, Pacific Financial and Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC), International Monetary Fund (IMF)
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Key issues in banking and finance in the Pacific
Peter Dirou, Senior Financial Sector Expert, Private Sector Development Initiative, ADB
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Parallel session 1b: agriculture and fisheries
What do you want to know about Pacific fisheries? lessons learnt
Transform Aqorau, CEO, Parties to the Nauru Agreement
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The state of the tropics—what does it mean for the Pacific?
Ann Penny, Project Manager, State of the Tropics Project, James Cook University
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Catalyzing opportunities in Pacific smallholder agriculture
Wesley Morgan, Pacific Policy Advisor, Oxfam Australia

Parallel session 1c: Gender inequality and development
Pacific leaders gender equality declaration: a political tool for addressing gender inequalities in the Pacific?
Seema Naidu, Gender Issues Officer, PIFS
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Votes for women - increasing women’s political representation in Melanesia
Kerryn Baker, Postdoctoral Fellow, SSGM

Gender based violence: domestic Violence and its big bite on small island states- Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu Sivendra Micha, Charlotte Taylor, Assistant Lecturer, USP
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Parallel Session 2a: development partnerships and assistance
Development assistance to the Pacific: trends and developments
Jonathan Pryke, Research Officer, Development Policy Centre, ANU
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Mapping Chinese aid in the Pacific
Phillippa Brant, Research Associate, Lowy Intitute

Relative effectiveness of external aid and foreign direct investment in the economic growth of Pacific Island Countries: a case study of Vanuatu
Markand Bhatt, Assistant Lecturer, USP
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Reflections on aid to the Pacific
Siosiua (Josh) ‘Utoikamanu, Consultant and Former Governor, National Reserve Bank of Tonga and Minister of Finance, Tonga
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Parallel session 2b: human capital development
Labor migration and human capital development in Timor-Leste
David Freedman, Country Economist, ADB Timor-Leste Resident Mission
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Financing of Technical Education and Training (TVET) in the Pacific
Frank Thompson, First Secretary, Aid Program, Australian High Commission
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Expanding TVET in the Pacific
Denise O’Brien, CEO, Australia-Pacific Technical College
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Education and workforce skills in the Federated States of Micronesia
Paul Vandenberg, Senior Economist, ADBI
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Parallel session 2c: export niche supply chains
Evolving supply linkages of Pacific DMC’s exports
Patricia Sourdin, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University
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The efficacy of export-led growth among six Pacific Island Countries
Sunil Kumar, Senior Lecturer, USP
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Lessons from a succesfull niche product exporter: Pure Fiji
Austin Mafi & Dewani Lal, Pure Fiji

Presentations - Day 2

Parallel Session 3a: Tourism markets
Tourism Markets in the Pacific
Ilisoni Vuidreketi, CEO, South Pacific Tourism Organization
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Achievements and challenges in Palau’s tourism development
Kaleb Udui, Jr., Co-Chairperson, Economic Advisory Group, Republic of Palau and Palau Chamber of Commerce
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Observations on tourism developments in Micronesia: lessons for the greater Pacific region?
Jerry Finin, Resident Co-director, Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center
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Major trends and priorities in Pacific tourism development
Christopher Edmonds, Senior Economist, ADB
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Parallel session 3b: extractive industries and energy markets
Falling oil prices trigger initial economic gains for Pacific Dibyendu Maiti, Associate Professor, USP
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Pacific Islands fuel pricing manual
Alan Bartmanovich, Petroleum Adviser, Economics Development Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
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The Pacific Appliance labelling and Standards (PALS) programme: importing efficiency instead of fuel
Makereta Lomaloma, Energy Efficiency Advisor, SPC
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Solomon Islands: State-owned Enterprise financial management issues
Emmanuel Joseph Iyabora, Lecturer, University of Fiji
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Parallel session 3c: disaster risk management and climate change
Vanuatu and Cyclone Pam: an update on fiscal, economic, and development impacts
Tess Newton Cain, Visiting Fellow, Development Policy Centre, ANU
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Towards a behavioral toolkit: assessment and disaster risk reduction through strategic partnerships in the South Pacific
Linda Brennan, Professor, RMIT University
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Impact of foreign aid on natural disaster preparedness
Baljeet Singh, Lecturer, USP
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Assessing poverty and the vulnerability of households in Tuvalu to disasters
Tauisi Taupo, PhD Candidate, Victoria University of Wellington
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Parallel session 4b: health sector
Republic of Palau health care financing
Gregory Ngirmang, Minister of Health, Palau
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Assessment of the overseas patient referral systems in four Pacific Islands Countries
Ronesh Prasad, Economist, Fiji National University
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Practical policy solutions for ending preventable child deaths in the Pacific Timor-Leste region
Nancy Waites, Policy and Advocacy Manager, WorldVision
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The economic costs of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Pacific: causes, crisis, and consequences
Ian Anderson, Director, Ian Anderson Economics
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Parallel session 5b: regionalism and trade facilitation
WTO and regional institutions: complementary institutions for trade facilitation
Richard Pomfret, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University and Professor of Economics, University of Adelaide
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Transport connectivity and its trade implications: the case of the Pacific
Matthias Helble, Research Fellow, ADBI
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Foreign direct investment’s impacts on economic development in Pacific Island Countries: a revisit
Hong Chen, Senior Lecturer, USP
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Closing plenary session
Drivers of Growth Spurts in Pacific Island Economies
Ronald Duncan, Emeritus Professor, ANU
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2014 Pacific Update

The 2014 Pacific Update was held at The Australian National University on 16-17 June 2014

The 2014 Pacific Update consisted of two days of panel discussions, including country updates from around the Pacific and panel sessions on: aid to the Pacific; regionalism and the Pacific Plan Review; fisheries management; and skills and labour mobility.

The 2014 Pacific Update was presented by the Development Policy Centre at Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, and supported by the Asian Development Bank’s Pacific Economic Management Technical Assistance and Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies Society.

It forms part of Pacific Perspectives week at ANU, and was followed by the State of the Pacific conference, organised by the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia program, ANU.

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Presentations - Day 1

Opening keynote address
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Yongzheng Yang, Resident Representative for Pacific Islands Countries, IMF
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Regional economic update
Christopher Edmonds, Senior Economist, Pacific Department, ADB
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Large and resource rich economies: managing the resource curse for inclusive growth
Papua New Guinea
Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre
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Timor Leste
Helder Lopes, Coordinator and Advisor, National Directorate for Economic Policy, Ministry of Finance, Timor Leste
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Fiji: waking the Pacific’s sleeping giant
Filimone Waqabaca, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Fiji

Satish Chand, Professor, University of New South Wales
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Relatively diversified economies: prospects for inclusive growth
Samoa
Benjamin Pereira, Assistant Governor, Central bank of Samoa
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Tonga
Sione Ngongo Kioa, Governor, National Bank of Tonga
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Aid dependent economies: prospects in the region’s smaller states
Kiribati
Atanteora Beiatau, Director’s advisor, ADB (Former Secretary of Finance, Kiribati
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Tuvalu
Letasi Iulai, Advisor to Executive Director, The World Bank
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Presentations - Day 2

Parallel session 1a: Regionalism - responding to the Pacific Plan Review
Do many hands make light work? an assessment of pooled service delivery in the Pacific islands region
Tess Newton Cain, Visiting Fellow, Development Policy Centre and Non-Resident Fellow, Lowy Institute for International Policy
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The Pacific Plan Review and the Forum Secretariat
Seini O’Connor, Pacific Plan Advisior, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
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Reflections on regionalism and the role of the private sector
Epa Tuioti, Former Vice Chair, Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation
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Parallel session 1b: Skills and employment in the Pacific
Skills assessments in the Pacific
Richard Curtain, Visiting Fellow, Development Policy Centre
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‘Well-being from work in Pacific island countries’report’
Tobias Haque, Economist, The World Bank
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Realising Pacific job needs in the 21st Century
Andrew Parker, Principal Social Sector Economist, ADB
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Parallel session 2a: The business/investment environment
The reality of trade and investment in the Pacific islands
Tim Martin, Executive Manager, Investment and Tourism, Pacific Islands Trade and Invest
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Infrastructure development and the private sector
Sanjivi Rajasingham, Director, Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility
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Parallel session 2b: labour mobility
New research on Australia’s seasonal worker program
Jesse Doyle, The World Bank
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Migration in Micronesia
Michael Levin, Adjunct Fellow, East-West Center
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On the rise: Pacific Islanders in Australia
Jonathan Pryke, Development Policy Centre
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Keynote address: Reflections on constraints to growth in the Pacific
Ron Duncan, Emeritus Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy
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Tuna fisheries management
Tuna fisheries in the Pacific
Glenn Hurry, Executive Director, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)
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The vessel day scheme
Les Clark, Fisheries Specialist & Saangalofa Clark, policy Development Advisor, PNA Office
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Managing aid:Pacific islands countries and the changing dynamics of development
Chinese development assistance in the Pacific
Matthew Dornan, Development Policy Centre
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Aid for trade and the Pacific
Wesley Morgan, University of Melbourne
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Compact trust funds in Micronesia
Michael Wulfsohn, Development Policy Centre
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Blogs

In search of a Pacific model of growth by Yongzheng Yang.

Reflections on constraints to growth in Pacific Island countries by Ron Duncan.

2013 Pacific and PNG Update

On 27-28 June 2013, we held the second Pacific and PNG Update. It consisted of two days of panel discussions: day one on the Pacific; and day two on Papua New Guinea. You can access the presentations from both days below.

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Presentations - Day 1


Official Welcome
Tom Kompas, Director, Crawford School of Public Policy.

Christopher Edmonds- Regional overview and launch of the Pacific Economic Monitor (July 2013 issue)
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Panel 1a - Melanesia and Timor-Leste
Satish Chand - Growth and inequality in Melanesia
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Anthony Hughes - The economy in Solomon Islands
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Biman Brasad - The economy in Fiji
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Helder Lopes - The economy in Timor-Leste
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Odo Tevi - The economy in Vanuatu
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Panel 1b - Small island states
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Tebao Awerica - The economy in Kiribati
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Siosi C. Mafi - The economy in Tonga
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Seve Paeniu - Common challenges in microstates: Nauru and Tuvalu
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Noumea Simi - The economy in Samoa
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Panel 2a - Regional trade, labour mobility and linkages
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Wesley Morgan - PACER Plus
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Emma Veve - Evolving linkages of Pacific economies
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Richard Curtain - Regional employment and labour mobility
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Panel 2b - Regional trade and integration
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Seini O’Connor - The Pacific Plan and the future of Pacific regionalism
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Bob Warner - Lessons in regional integration from the Caribbean
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Matthew Dornan - Pooled service delivery in the Pacific
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Pacific gender update
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Peter Forau - Women’s disempowerment in Melanesia
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Susan Ferguson - Australia’s Pacific gender initiative
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Andrea Iffland - Economic empowerment of woman - experiences of the Private Sector Development Initiative
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Amanda Jupp - Women’s economic empowerment: Pacific lessons from the Enterprise Challenge Fund
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Public management and private sector development
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Matthew Dornan - Infrastructure maintenance
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Tobias Haque - Public financial management
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Presentations - Day 2


Welcome and Keynote address
Albert Mellam, Vice-Chancellor, University of Papua New Guinea
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PNG economic and political update
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Tim Bulman - Economic update
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Deni TuKunai - Political update
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Issues in public service delivery
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Stephen Howes - PNG budgetary trends and issues
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Colin Wiltshire and Andrew Anton Mako - Public expenditure tracking
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Economic policy challenges
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Aaron Batten - PNG’s evolving trade and investment flows
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Margaret Callan - The contribution of mining companies to PNG development
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Billy Manoka - Regulation of infraestructure SOEs
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Gender-based violence
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Jo Chandler - Violence and the media
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Kamalini Lokuge - Integrated support for survivors
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Cathy Rimbao - A policing perspective
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2012 Pacific Update: Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Tonga

On September 6 2012, we presented the first Pacific Update. It was held at Crawford School and consisted of three panel discussions on: PNG and Timor-Leste; Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa; and Solomon Islands and Fiji.

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