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COVID-19 in the Pacific Island Commonwealth: microstates managing a macro-challenge


Herr, R, COVID-19 in the Pacific Island Commonwealth: microstates managing a macro-challenge, The Round Table, 110, (1) pp. 138-148. ISSN 0035-8533 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00358533.2021.1875715


Although the heritage and values of the Commonwealth of Nations are integrally woven into the political DNA of the Pacific Island region, this connection is not directly evident in the robust ecology of multilateral organisations that have developed over the past 80 years or in meeting the challenge of COVID-19. The region's small states have responded nationally rather than regionally. With only a limited exposure to the disease itself, these small states have been comprehensively impacted economically by COVID-19. Border closures as well as the suspension of significant transport options reduced income from tourists and other travellers. Economic conditions reduced the demand for the region's exports while diminished imports cut national income from customs and excises. The use of stimulus packages and borrowings to keep people employed is both necessary and a risk. It could prove ill-advised if tourists and markets do not return to pre-COVID levels. This article looks at the impact of the pandemic in, and on, the region and at some of the factors that might shape the post-COVID order for the Commonwealth's Pacific Island members.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:COVID-19, Pacific Islands region, Commonwealth of Nations, economic vulnerability, post-COVID challenges
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Health policy
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Macroeconomics
Objective Field:Economic growth
UTAS Author:Herr, R (Associate Professor Richard Herr)
ID Code:143871
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2021-04-08
Last Modified:2021-05-27

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