2021 Pacific Update

2021 Pacific Update
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Written by Beth Orton

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Hosted by the Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre and The University of the South Pacific’s School of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Pacific Update is the premier forum for discussion of current economic, social, political, and environmental issues in the region.

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Program

Day 1

AEST FJT Wednesday 22 September
9.00am 11.00am Welcome and keynote
Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor, The University of the South Pacific
9.05am-9.25am 11.05am-11.25am Keynote TBC
9.30am-10.30am 11.30am-12.30pm Politics and regionalism
2022 PNG elections: Expectations, predictions, and concerns from participants
Michael Kabuni, Russel Kitau Jr, and Minetta Daniella Kakarere, The University of Papua New Guinea

Fault lines for unrest in the Pacific: Youth, livelihoods and land rights in driving and mitigating conflict
Aidan Craney, La Trobe University

Declaration on preserving maritime zones in the face of climate change-related sea-level rise
Henry Puna, Secretary General and Filimon Manoni, Deputy Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

10.30am-10.45am 12.30pm-12.45pm Arts Presentation from The University of the South Pacific’s Oceania Centre of Arts and Culture
Cultural industries : Contemporary art in small island nations, Lingikoni Vaka’uta, followed by a virtual exhibition
10.45am-12.30pm 12.45pm-2.30pm Break
12.30pm-1.30pm 2.30pm-3.30pm Food security and supply chains
Understanding changing land use patterns in response to disaster on the peri-urban fringe of Port Vila
Andrew MacKenzie, The University of the South Pacific – Vanuatu Campusa

Factors affecting food choice and food environment during COVID-19 – A cross sectional study in Samoa
Ramona Boodoosingh, National University of Samoa, Sarah Burkhart and Dana Craven, Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research at University of the Sunshine Coast, Leslie Panapa, National University of Samoa

COVID-19, domestic agricultural supply chain and food security: The case of Fiji
Salesh Kumar, Fiji National University and Neelesh Gounder, The University of the South Pacific

Day 2

AEST FJT Thursday 23 September
9.00am 11.00am Welcome and keynote
Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre
9.05am-9.25am 11.05am-11.25am Fiona Hukula, Gender Specialist, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
9.30am-10.30am 11.30am-12.30pm Gender
Voters’ perceptions of women as leaders in leadership in Tonga
Ungatea Kata, Tupou Tertiary Institute, Vanessa Lolohea, Tonga National Youth Congress, and Mereani Rokotuibau, Balance of Power

Leadership Matters: Benchmarking women’s business leadership in the Pacific
Sarah Boxall , Asian Development Bank, Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative

Factors that instigate intimate partner violence in the National Capital District, PNG
Minetta Daniella Kakarere, The University of Papua New Guinea

10.30am-10.45am 12.30pm-12.45pm Arts Presentation from The University of the South Pacific’s Oceania Centre of Arts and Culture
Representations of artists from the islands versus Pacific artists in the diaspora, Lingikoni Vaka’uta, followed by a virtual exhibition
10.45am-12.30pm 12.45pm-2.30pm Break
12.30pm-1.30pm 2.30pm-3.30pm Economics
The private sector in a pandemic – a Vanuatu case study
Liz Pechan, International Finance Corporation

Reducing poverty through cash transfers in the Pacific
Christopher Hoy, World Bank

Fiji economy: Challenges and path to recovery
Janesh Sami, The University of the South Pacific

Day 3

AEST FJT Friday 24 September
9.00am 11.00am Welcome and keynote
Charlotte Blundell, Assistant Secretary, Pacific Partnerships and Human Development Branch, Office of the Pacific, DFAT
9.05am-9.25am 11.05am-11.25am Meru Sheel, Senior Research Fellow, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University
9.30am-10.30am 11.30am-12.30pm Agriculture
Agri-food systems knowledge and skills exchange between Australia and the Pacific through circular migration: Experiences from Seasonal Worker Programme participants
Federico Davila, Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney, Olivia Dun, The University of Melbourne, Carol Farbotko, CSIRO, Brent Jacobs, Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney, and Natascha Klocker, University of Wollongong

Impact of COVID-19 on production and trade direction of high value ‘niche’ crop products in small Island countries: A case study of Fiji
Nandakumar M. Desai, Abdul Kader, Sonny Lameta, The University of the South Pacific – Samoa Campus, Vinod Naik, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, India, Leslie T. Ubaub and Irene R. Chand, The University of the South Pacific – Samoa Campus

Local coalitions for economic recovery and food security – experiences from Vanuatu
Ellis Silas and Jilda Shem, Vanuatu Skills Partnership

10.30am-10.45am 12.30pm-12.45pm Arts Presentation from The University of the South Pacific’s Oceania Centre of Arts and Culture
What is the inspiration of creativity in the islands and the notion of quality, Lingikoni Vaka’uta, followed by a virtual exhibition
10.45am-12.30pm 12.45pm-2.30pm Break
12.30pm-1.30pm 2.30pm-3.30pm Health systems
Strengthening fragile health systems: The case of Fiji
Neil Sharma, Medical Practitioner, Suva

COVID-19 in PNG
Shane Stockil and Natalie Gray, International SOS

Reversing the NCD trend in the Pacific: Promising results from a three-year pilot, testing behaviour science applications and ‘edutainment’ to address Pacific’s most intractable problem
Simona Achitei, DT Global, and Aya Vang, Busara Centre for Behaviour Economics

Presentations will be recorded and available after the event on the Development Policy Centre website.

Beth Orton

Beth Orton is Acting Centre Manager at the Development Policy Centre. She was previously Senior Research Officer on Pacific labour mobility. Beth completed a Master of Demography at ANU.

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