Research funded by Australian Aid's Cook Islands country program targets the country's specific development challenges. Research is also carried out on a regional level. Some of the highlights are listed below.
Moving beyond SPARTECA: Opportunities and challenges for the Cook Islands (2010)
This report looks at regional trade and integration in the Pacific, looking beyond the South Pacific Area Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement (SPARTECA).
The Cook Islands, as a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, is advancing toward more cohesive regional economic relations in areas including trade, security, politics and social development.
However, the limited human resources in some government departments have contributed to delays for some projects, including regional initiatives that have a direct bearing on the overall regional integration of the Cook Islands.
The report was commissioned by the Government of Cook Islands and carried out by the Pacific Institute of Public Policy, with funding from Australian Aid.
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