The 2017 Pacific Update conference, the region’s premier forum for discussion of public policy issues, will take place at the University of the South Pacific’s main Laucala campus on 20-21 June 2017. This year conference themes include the blue-green economy; labour mobility, markets and job creation; and enhancing connectivity in the Pacific islands region. Dame Meg Taylor, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, will provide opening remarks. A draft program and conference details can be accessed here.
Matthew Dornan is Deputy Director of the Development Policy Centre. He heads our program of research into Pacific development. His research focuses on aid flows, regional integration, energy, and broader infrastructure challenges in the Pacific islands region. Matthew has a PhD from ANU, and previously worked for the Australian aid program in the Pacific.