Time of Event

Day 1: 8:30–17:00, Brisbane time
Day 2: 9:00–17:00, Brisbane time


Addressing the challenges of small-scale enterprise (SSE) growth in the Pacific has taken on heightened significance in the wake of the severe economic downturn triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Firms are dealing with a changed business landscape, with many old patterns of sales, distribution, and consumption having been substantially and permanently altered, posing challenges for owner-managers of these enterprises.

In response to these pressing needs, in July 2023, the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), in collaboration with the Griffith Asia Institute (GAI) at Griffith University, and the Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC), commenced the project, “Mapping the Ecosystem for Small Firm Digitalization in Pacific Island Countries.” The project aims to investigate the conducive environment for fostering the growth of SSEs through the strategic application of digital technology, with a focus on three countries: the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Samoa, and Solomon Islands, representing the three primary subregions of the Pacific Islands (Micronesia, Polynesia, and Melanesia). The primary objective is to establish the foundation for a subsequent project that will field-test digital technology-based interventions that could help foster the development of growth-oriented small firms in these regions.

To disseminate the research findings from the first phase of the project, ADBI, the GAI, and the FDC are co-organizing the Policy Dialogue on Enhancing Pacific Ecosystems for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The pilot interventions for Phase 2 of the project will also be discussed to seek feedback and support from a diverse group of Pacific stakeholders. This conference is designed to foster collaboration and innovation, driving positive change in the Pacific’s digital economy and entrepreneurship landscape.

  • Enhanced understanding of the current ecosystem for entrepreneurship in the Pacific, including challenges and policy solutions.
  • Strengthened dialogue and partnership among stakeholders on key issues related to entrepreneurship and innovation in the Pacific.
Target Participants
  • Policy makers will be the primary target stakeholders for the event.
How to Register
  • By invitation or prior arrangement with ADBI
  • Griffith Asia Institute
  • The Foundation for Development Cooperation

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