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

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.
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Roads to success: Solomon Islands’ Deputy PM on building new infrastructure

Manasseh Maelanga, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, says the Pacific country's new government has turned its attention to infrastructure. Measures are being put in place to encourage private sector involvement in roads, ports and industrial townships.
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Stronger together: why Papua New Guinea should work closely with the Solomon Islands [video]

Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands face similar challenges and opportunities. Atenasi Ata, CEO of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry, tells us why both countries are particularly well-placed to do more business with each other.
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How changes to Western financial aid strategies will affect Papua New Guinea

The creation of a one-stop shop US development bank will see a doubling of available infrastructure funding for Asia-Pacific projects, and is expected to boost the PNG Electrification Partnership. It comes as the US, Australia and Japan have unveiled the Blue Dot Network, an initiative designed to compete with China’s Belt and Road Initiative in the Pacific region. 
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