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South Pacific Business

For investors in search of a safe heaven from the emotion and irrationality of global financial markets, a South Pacific Business could be an appealing option. Australia and New Zealand aside, island nations tend to be less exposed to the systems of global capital, with local factors playing a much greater influence on economic activity. South Pacific business, nonetheless, still benefits from its close proximity to the fast growing economies of Asia. Asian investment in the South Pacific, especially from China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Malaysia has been increasing for some time. This is evident in several key industries including mineral extraction, LNG, telecommunications, aviation and tourism.

To facilitate South Pacific business, an inter-governmental organization known as the Pacific Islands Forum was established with the aim to enhance cooperation between the independent island nations. Australia and New Zealand are generally larger and wealthier than the other countries that make up the rest of the forum. Australia's population alone is around twice that of the other 15 members combined, while its economy is more than five times as large.

 

Australia & South Pacific

To explore the diverse range of business opportunities throughout the South Pacific, use the drop down menu above, or simply scroll through the list of respective countries.

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Australia

population (2011): 21,766,711

population growth rate: 1.148%

median age: 37.7 years

national language: English

area: 7,741,220 km² (2,988,902 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $41,000

key industries

  • agriculture, food processing
  • mining, steel
  • industrial and transport equipment
  • chemical production
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New Zealand

population (2011): 4,290,347

population growth rate: 0.882%

median age: 37 years

national language: English

area: 267,710 km² (103,363 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $27,700

key industries

  • agriculture, food processing
  • textiles, mining, wood products
  • machinery, transport equipment
  • banking & insurance, tourism

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Samoa

population (2011): 193,161

population growth rate: 0.6%

median age: 22.1 years

official language: Samoan, English

area: 2,831 km² (1,093 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $5,500

key industries

  • agriculture, food processing
  • auto parts
  • building material
  • tourism
Fiji flag

Fiji

population (2011): 883,125

population growth rate: 0.798%

median age: 26.9 years

languages: English, Bau Fijian, Fiji Hindi

area: 18,274 km² (7,056 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $4,400

key industries

  • sugar, copra, lumber
  • mining (mainly gold and silver)
  • clothing, small cottage industries
  • tourism
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Solomon Islands

population (2011): 571,890

population growth rate: 2.22%

median age: 20.9 years

official language: English

area: 28,896 km² (11,157 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $2,900

key industries

  • ag products (copra, palm oil,...)
  • timber
  • fishing (tuna)
  • mining (lead, zinc, nickel, gold)
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French Polynesia

population (2011): 294,935

population growth rate: 1.331%

median age: 29.9 years

official language: French

area: 4,167 km² (1,609 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $18,000

key industries

  • agriculture processing
  • phosphates
  • pearls, handicrafts
  • tourism
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Tonga

population (2011): 105,916

population growth rate: 0.243%

median age: 21.4 years

official languages: Tongan, English

area: 747 km² (288 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $6,100

key industries

  • cash crops (coconut, cocoa,...)
  • fishing
  • construction
  • tourism