Pursuing Economic Reform in the Pacific

Publication | October 1999

This report is concerned with how better to assist the Pacific developing member countries of ADB in moving forward with the economic reforms that they are already undertaking. In particular, it looks at the the factors constraining reforms in trade and investment policies, in competition policy, in the labor market, and in the provision of essential services.


  • Foreword
  • Executive summary
  • Pursuing Economic Reform in the Pacific
  • Designing reforms for the Pacific island economies
  • Investment policies and economic development
  • Trade policies
  • Comparative economic advantage and its application to fisheries
  • Competition policy
  • Labor markets in the PDMCs
  • Investment environment and private sector development in the PDMCs
  • Establishing conditions for productive cooperation and competition
  • Conclusions