Publications

Annual Progress Reports

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PSDI Annual Progress Report 2018–2019

This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from July 2018 to June 2019.

PSDI Annual Progress Report 2017–2018

This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from June 2017 to June 2018.

PSDI Annual Progress Report 2016–2017

This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from June 2016 to June 2017.

PSDI Annual Progress Report 2015–2016

This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from January 2015 to June 2016.

PSDI Annual Progress Report 2014–2015

This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from January 2014 to June 2015.

PSDI Annual Progress Report 2013–2014

This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from July 2013 to June 2014.

PSDI Annual Progress Report 2012–2013

This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from January 2012 to June 2013.

PSDI Annual Progress Report 2011

This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from January-December 2011.

PSDI Annual Progress Report 2010

This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from January-December 2010.

PSDI Annual Progress Report 2009

This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from January-December 2009.

PSDI Annual Progress Report 2008

This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from January-December 2008.

PSDI Annual Progress Report 2007

This report gives an overview of PSDI activities from early 2007 to 31 December 2007.

Private Sector Assessments

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Private Sector Assessment for Palau: Policies for Sustainable Growth Revisited

This provides offers recommendations needed to ensure the sustainability of Palau’s economy, which is threatened by current activities.

The Cook Islands: Stronger Investment Climate for Sustainable Growth

This assessment identifies challenges and offers recommendations to help Cook Islands achieve its goal of sustainable development through private sector-led growth.

Reform Renewed: A Private Sector Assessment for Samoa

Opportunities to improve Samoa’s competitiveness and spur entrepreneurship and investment are presented in this private sector assessment.

Growing the Non-Oil Economy: A Private Sector Assessment for Timor-Leste

Analysis and recommendations in this private sector assessment seek to help grow and diversify Timor-Leste’s currently oil-dependent economy.

Building a Dynamic Pacific Economy: Strengthening the Private Sector in Papua New Guinea

This analysis presents a series of recommendations to help PNG maximize the benefits of resource exports by growing and diversifying its private sector.

Continuing Reforms to Stimulate Private Sector Investment: A Private Sector Assessment for Solomon Islands

This report analyses reform progress and suggests further actions and priorities to facilitate private sector-led growth.

The Challenges of Doing Business in Papua New Guinea

This report summarizes key results from a 2012 business survey in Papua New Guinea.

Re-invigorating Private Sector Investment: A Private Sector Assessment for Fiji

This report finds recent reforms are benefiting Fiji’s private sector, but numerous challenges still need to be addressed.

Continuing Reform to Promote Growth: Update of the Private Sector Assessment for Tonga

This report assesses progress made in reducing transaction costs and other barriers to growth identified in PSDI’s 2008 private sector assessment

Sustaining Growth: A Private Sector Assessment for Vanuatu

This report tracks progress Vanuatu has made in facilitating increased private sector activity resulting in increased economic growth, and proposes further reforms.

Transforming Tonga: A Private Sector Assessment

This private sector assessment provides a framework for private sector-oriented reform that will improve Tonga’s business environment.

Foundation for the Future: A Private Sector Assessment for Papua New Guinea

Analysis and recommendations for how PNG can consolidate commodities-based growth to develop its broader private sector.

Samoa: Consolidating Reform for Faster Economic Growth

An assessment of macroeconomic conditions and the challenges and opportunities for private sector development.

Palau: Policies for Sustainable Growth, a Private Sector Assessment

This private sector assessment provides a critical review of the environment for private sector development in Palau.

Promise Unfulfilled: Private Sector Assessment for Fiji

This assessment highlights the central role the private sectors needs to play to deliver rapid economic growth in Fiji.

Private Sector Assessment for Solomon Islands

This report offers recommendations to make Solomon Islands business environment conducive to economic growth.

Finding Balance

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Finding Balance 2019: Benchmarking the Performance of Pacific State-owned Banks

This report profiles the roles, performance, market context, and regulatory frameworks of 13 state-owned banks in 10 Pacific countries.

Finding Balance 2016: Benchmarking the Performance of State-Owned Enterprises in Island Countries

Finding Balance 2016: Benchmarking the Performance of State-Owned Enterprises in Island Countries.

Finding Balance 2014: Benchmarking the Performance of State-Owned Enterprises in Island Countries

The fourth edition of PSDI’s regional, state-owned enterprise performance benchmarking study.

Finding Balance: Benchmarking the Performance of State-Owned Enterprises in Papua New Guinea

Assessing the performance of the SOE sector in Papua New Guinea.

Finding Balance 2011: Benchmarking the Performance of State-Owned Enterprises in Fiji, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Tonga

Benchmarking SOE performance and reform strategies for Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Tonga.

Finding Balance: Making State-Owned Enterprises Work in Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga

PSDI’s regional state-owned enterprise performance study examines opportunities for and benefits of reform in Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga.

Books, Papers and Reports

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Pacific Retirement Funds: Anchoring Social Protection in Good Finance

This paper aims to assist policymakers to clarify the role of Pacific retirement funds—particularly any financing role,

Government-Owned Banks: Their Role in Pacific Financial Systems

This paper aims to assist policymakers in addressing questions around government ownership of banks while highlighting the need to increase private participation in most Pacific financial systems, for these systems to meet the financing needs of businesses.

Women and Business in the Pacific

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the context in which Pacific women engage in the private sector, and strategies to increase their participation in business.

Credit Guarantees: Challenging Their Role in Improving Access to Finance in the Pacific Region

Challenging the idea that credit guarantees are the best approach to improving access to finance.

Policy Brief: State Owned Enterprise Reform

The guiding principles of PSDI’s state-owned enterprise reform work.

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Digital Financial Services in the Pacific: Experiences and Regulatory Issues

PSDI approaches to digital financial services in the Pacific.

Empowering the Other Half: Women and Private Sector Growth in the Pacific

How PSDI is lowering the barriers to Pacific women’s participation in business.

Unlocking Finance for Growth: Secured Transactions Reform in Pacific Island Economies

The importance of secured transaction reform in the Pacific.

Breaking Down the Barriers to Business in the Pacific: Private Sector Reform Stories

Stories of PSDI initiatives transforming the lives of Pacific people.

Reforming Pacific Contract Law

Contract law reform opportunities to assist Pacific private sector development.

Swimming Against the Tide? An Assessment of the Private Sector in the Pacific

This is the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative foundation report.

Issues in Pacific Development

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Tourism as a Driver of Growth in the Pacific

Tourism in the Pacific is increasing and will be a key driver of economic growth in the coming decade. Yet despite more visitors to the Pacific, tourism growth is not inevitable for all countries in the region.

Case Studies

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Case Studies in Private Sector Participation: Franchise Shipping

How contracting franchise shipping to private operators has been a cost-effective decision in PNG and Solomon Islands.

Case Studies in Private Sector Participation: Solid Waste Management

Outlining the opportunities for private sector involvement in solid waste management in the Pacific.

Case Studies in Private Sector Participation: Water Supply Services

Outlining opportunities for private sector involvement in water and wastewater services in the Pacific.

Creating Jobs in Samoa Through Public-Private Sector Partnerships

How private sector outsourcing improved employment, productivity and capacity at Samoa’s Public Works Department.

Country Overviews

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PSDI Country Overviews April 2020

What is PSDI doing in the Pacific? These factsheets provide an overview of all PSDI activities in the Pacific up to April 2020.

Papua New Guinea Country Overview 2018

What is PSDI doing in the Papua New Guinea?

PSDI Country Overviews 2017

What is PSDI doing in the Pacific?

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Newsletters

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PSDI’s Second Newsletter: July–December 2016

This newsletter looks back at PSDI activities over the period July-December 2016.

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PSDI’s First Newsletter: June 2016

This newsletter reviews recent PSDI activities as of June 2016.

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Infographics

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Business Law Reform

This booklet illustrates PSDI’s Business Law Reform work and key achievements.

Economic Empowerment of Women

This brochure illustrates PSDI’s work and key achievements in its Economic Empowerment of Women focus area.

Financing Growth

This brochure illustrates PSDI’s work and key achievements in its financing growth focus area.

PSDI Infographic Brochure

This brochure illustrates PSDI’s overall work and key achievements.

Reforming State-Owned Enterprises

This brochure illustrates PSDI’s work and key achievements in its state-owned enterprise and public-private partnerships focus area.

PSDI Activity Reports and Overviews

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PSDI 2007-2019 Activities and Results Overview

PSDI ended its third funding phase on 31 December 2019. This brochure, designed to mark the end of that phase, highlights key activities and results during PSDI's first three phases (2007-2019).