This is a transcript of Jonathan Guyant's statement at the grand final of the Melanesian School Debate competition, staged last week in Port Vila. Jonathan was the first speaker of the Vanuatu team arguing against the motion that Melanesia must globalise to succeed. He was awarded Best Speaker for the debate final.
In the second of a two-part blog, Busa Jeremiah Wenogo provided further insight into how PNG is undertaking reform of its informal economy. Documenting PNG’s case will hopefully provide policy makers in other parts of the Pacific with ideas on how to best grow their informal sectors.
As the United States and China offer competing economic visions for the Pacific, Kalafi Moala examines China's latest initiative following on from its Maritime Silk Route policy, suggesting there may be opportunities for the islands beyond economics.
In the first of a two-part blog, Busa Jeremiah Wenogo analyses the review of the Informal Sector Development & Control Act 2004, providing insight into how PNG is undertaking reform of its informal economy. Documenting PNG’s case will hopefully provide policy makers in other parts of the Pacific with ideas on how to best grow their informal sectors.
Kaliopate Tavola examines the status of the EU-Pacific ACP Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in light of the latest EU trade policy reform, saying Pacific states will have to go back to the drawing board to work out the relative gains of the options they face.
Kaliopate Tavola discusses the issues central to the future of the WTO. As a former WTO permanent representative, he says despite all overtures at reforming it, this global international organization is fracturing and may be beyond repair.