Private Sector Investment in the Pacific

This project analyses the drivers and barriers for private investment in the Pacific, exploring the possibilities and benefits of private investment, as well as the challenges it presents.

Attached to this will be further analyses of geopolitical trends in donor activity, and the establishment of a baseline for later analyses and updates of this database.

This project, complete by 2017, will also explore implications for New Zealand donor contributions and their significance for recipient countries.

Project Leaders

Simon Milne

Professor Simon Milne is Director of the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute and Associate Head of School at AUT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism.

Since 1985 a major focus of his research has been on assisting SIDS governments, industry, and communities to better understand and manage the tourism industry. Simon has published widely from his Pacific research and has produced reports for key donor agencies: NZAID; UNDP; EU; IFC/World Bank and the US Department of Interior. S

Simon’s expertise is also relevant to research on labour markets in the Pacific. In 2013, he completed the Pacific Regional Tourism and Hospitality HRD Strategy for the EU. Simon is also actively involved in private-sector investment analysis and attraction through his work with the IFC/World Bank and the EU Proinvest programme.

Simon has worked in every SID nation in the region with the exception of the French Territories and Tokelau.

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