Fiji

Where the buck stops: aid in Fiji
Where the buck stops: aid in Fiji
Deeper thinking is required about the nature of aid and whether Fiji will further distance itself from the international aid dollar. Multinational contractors, the expatriate…
Why Indonesia’s engagement with Pacific countries matters
Why Indonesia’s engagement with Pacific countries matters
Last week, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi wrapped up a brief official visit to Fiji and Solomon Islands. On her agenda, apart from the usual high-level bilateral…
This year’s Pacific elections marginalise and isolate too many
This year’s Pacific elections marginalise and isolate too many
Election season is in the air. With Australia’s ballots counted, Papua New Guinea is set for its tenth national election in 2022, with voting scheduled for July; Fiji is awaiting…
Commentary
Telstra’s Digicel Pacific challenge
The deal with the government insulates the telco from financial risk. But accepting the role of Australia’s lead business ambassador in the region makes it no set-and-forget…
The promise and peril of statistics in Fiji
The promise and peril of statistics in Fiji
The 101-page document appeared quietly on the Fiji Bureau of Statistics website in early September. But almost immediately, the 2019-2020 Household Income and Expenditure Survey …
Pacific Step-Up needs a Covid-era reboot
Pacific Step-Up needs a Covid-era reboot
Through thickly vegetated jungle paths, teams of doctors hike for hours to reach Fiji’s most remote villages. Travelling ahead of them, as reported in The…
Fiji: Cannabis should be high on the government’s agenda
Fiji: Cannabis should be high on the government’s agenda
Fiji’s capital Suva has been in and out of Covid lockdowns over recent weeks, and my Netflix got a workout. I watched a TV show called “Cooked with Cannabis”. Admittedly…
Avoiding a Pacific Lost Decade: Financing the Pacific's COVID-19 Recovery
Policy Briefs
Avoiding a Pacific Lost Decade: Financing the Pacific's COVID-19 Recovery
The Pacific's post-pandemic economic revival will rely on an international multi-year recovery package of grants and loans led by Australia  
Now is the right time to bring Fiji into trans-Pacific bubble talks
Now is the right time to bring Fiji into trans-Pacific bubble talks
It’s peak surf season in Fiji. Usually surfers would come from all over the world to surf the famous “Cloudbreak” and holiday resorts should be packed. But Rendezvous Surf Camp,…
Fiji election, from the polling booth
Fiji election, from the polling booth
I arrived in Suva six days before the 2018 Fijian election, it was apparent that the country was bracing itself for a tight election contest. In 2014, Frank Bainimarama’s party,…