Pacific Possible


What is Pacific Possible?

  • New research providing insights into transformative opportunities and challenges for Pacific Island countries for the coming decades.
  • A long-term perspective: aims to define what is realistically possible by the year 2040.
  • A joint approach with Pacific Island governments, Pacific Rim countries, development partners and civil society.
  • Seven key themes, identified through consultations across the Pacific, which will form the basis of the Pacific Possible report.

Pacific island countries face unique development challenges. They are far away from major markets, often with small populations spread across many islands and vast distances, and are at the forefront of climate change and its impacts. Because of this, the majority of existing research has focused on the challenges and constraints faced by Pacific Island countries, and finding ways to respond to these.

In the Pacific, what’s possible?

New research by the World Bank, called Pacific Possible, aims to answer the question: What is possible in the Pacific?

Pacific Possible   is focused on the genuinely transformative opportunities that exist for Pacific Island countries over the next 25 years and identifies the biggest challenges that require urgent action. These include opportunities such as labor mobility and tourism, as well as major threats to Pacific life, such as climate change and non-communicable diseases. The findings presented in Pacific Possible will provide Pacific Island governments and policy-makers with specific insights into what each area could mean for the economy, for employment, for government income and spending.

The seven Pacific Possible focus areas:

1. Tourism (including aviation)
2. Labor mobility
3. Knowledge economy
4. Fisheries
5. Deep-sea mining
6. Climate change and Natural Disaster Preparedness
7. Non-communicable diseases

Consultations were held across the Pacific and in Pacific Rim countries to determine the themes for Pacific Possible. This process also led to the formation of a reference group, which includes representatives from government, academia, development partners, NGOs, think-tanks and civil society. This group is now reviewing relevant documents and research.

Research papers on each of the key focus areas for Pacific Possible will be launched throughout 2016, followed by a four-week window for public feedback and comment after each paper is announced. At the end of this process, the final Pacific Possible report will be launched.

Focus area

Date published

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Deep Sea Mining April 2016 Full report | Summary Closed
Fisheries May 2016 Full report | Summary Closed
Tourism May 2016 Full report | Summary Closed
Non-Communicable Diseases June 2016 Full reportSummary Closed
Labor Mobility

July 2016

Full reportSummary


Climate Change and Natural
Disaster Preparedness

July 2016

Full report | Summary Closed
Financing for Development

July 2017

Full report

18 Aug 2017

Draft Overview Report March 2017 Draft report Closed


Have your say: Comments/feedback on research

All comments and feedback can be provided in writing to


Join the conversation

To join the Pacific Possible conversation on social media, use the #PacificPossible hashtag through the following channels:


Participating countries

Pacific Possible is focused on the following 11 countries, all members of the World Bank Group:

1. Federated States of Micronesia
2. Fiji
3. Kiribati
4. Marshall Islands
5. Palau
6. Papua New Guinea
7. Samoa
8. Solomon Islands
9. Tonga
10. Tuvalu
11. Vanuatu

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference for each background paper, and the overall concept, can be downloaded from the right hand side.

July 2016

July 2016


Robert Utz

Lead Economist and Program Leader Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions