Papua New Guinea’s Sovereign Wealth Fund: the clock is ticking [analysis]

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Is it now or never for Papua New Guinea’s Sovereign Wealth Fund? Alyssa Leng and Stephen Howes of the Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre tell us what could be lost if PNG doesn’t act now.

Analysis: Papua New Guinea’s minimum wage

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There was a time when Papua New Guinea’s minimum wage was regarded as high but how does its compare today with the minimum wages of comparable countries? Economists Stephen Howes, Kingtau Mambon and Kelly Samof provide the answer.

Analysis: Assessing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

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The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank highlights China’s collaborative approach, but who’s benefiting from the bank? What’s its footprint in the Pacific? and what does a ‘greener’ future look its current and new projects? Devpolicy’s Senior Researcher, Cameron Hill, provides an overview.

Smiles in Suva: the 51st Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ meeting (analysis)

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The Pacific Island Forum (PIF) was held last week in Suva. New faces, more journalist and the launch of the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent spell the success of this meeting. Dr Tess Newton Cain and journalist Stefan Armbruster analyse the meeting and what it could mean for the future of the region.

Papua New Guinea’s informal economy in development [analysis]

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How did the informal economy developed in Papua New Guinea? John David Conroy, Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University’s Crawford School, explores informality in PNG and its repercussions.

How accurate are the Doing Business indicators? A case study of business environment reform in Pacific Island countries

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The World Bank’s Doing Business indicators have become controversial. Paul Holden, Director of the Enterprise Research Institute, and Consultant for the Asian Development Bank Alma Pekmezovic analyse the accuracy of this tool in the Pacific Island nations.

Thinking about PNG’s COVID-19 economic response [opinion]

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Three academics, Dek Joe Sum, Maholopa Laveil and Stephen Howes, analyse Papua New Guinea’s monetary easing measures in response to COVID-19.