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Aiding the Pacific’s economic recovery

The Covid-19 pandemic has delivered one of the most severe global economic shocks since the Great Depression. In the Pacific, as in the rest of the world, economic activity has collapsed as a result of lockdowns to contain the virus. Without a strong domestic and international response the Pacific faces the prospects of a lost decade of economic development.

Join Alexandre Dayant, Research Fellow and Project Director of Development Economics in Asia and the Pacific, for a discussion on these issues, the response to date, and the economic support still needed, with a panel of Lowy Institute and regional experts. This event will coincide with the release of the fourth edition of the Lowy Institute Pacific Aid Map and will showcase the map’s new features and findings.

Zarak Khan is Director of Programmes and Initiatives at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. Prior to joining PIFS, Zarak was Consul General and Trade Commissioner at the Fiji Consulate in Sydney. Zarak has previous experience working at the Pacific Islands Secretariat, UNDP and Investment Fiji.

Emma Veve is Deputy Director General, Pacific Department at the Asian Development Bank. Emma is responsible for providing strategic advice and investment operations in the social sectors and public sector management across the 14 Pacific developing member countries of ADB. She also leads the Pacific Department’s economics team. She has more than 20 years of experience supporting the Pacific region, the past 15 years with ADB in both headquarters and field office roles.

David Osborne is Lead Economist for the Office of the Pacific at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His focus is on policy and strategy, economic assessment, fiscal management, debt sustainability, financial instruments, extractives sector issues and development effectiveness. Prior to DFAT, David was Principal Economist at Adam Smith International, Australia.

Roland Rajah is the Lead Economist and Director of the International Economics Program at the Lowy Institute. Before joining the Lowy Institute Roland was a Senior Economist and Country Manager at the Asian Development Bank, where he worked on macro-fiscal policy, economic growth, and development issues in the Pacific region.


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