FDC welcomes Bob McMullan as new Board Member

The Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of the Hon. Bob McMullan to the Board of Governors. “With a long and distinguished career in the Australian Parliament, including key Ministerial Portfolios such as Trade and International Development … [Read more...]

ABAC’s Financial Inclusion Initiative – Progress and Impact

What has resulted from five years of policy recommendations and proposed actions of ABAC’s financial inclusion initiative? This report looks back on the life of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Financial Inclusion and its contribution to strengthening policy and regulation within APEC member economies in … [Read more...]

The Pacific – A Wellspring of Initiative

The South Pacific has amongst the poorest metrics in the world in areas such as financial inclusion and economic opportunities for women, but a recent regional conference revealed a groundswell of leadership and innovation confirming the Pacific is a wellspring of initiative. … [Read more...]

Developing the Lending Infrastructure for Financial Inclusion

A comprehensive report documenting the discussions at the recent APEC Asia-Pacific Forum on Financial Inclusion identifies ways to expand financial inclusion by increasing the quantity and quality of financial products and services available for micro and small enterprises, and includes … [Read more...]

Papua New Guinea’s informal economy needs support

Changes of Minister and in the senior bureaucracy have contributed to a stasis in action on PNG’s national informal economy policy. A new Minister, Departmental Secretary, Informal Economy branch and review of the Medium Term Development Program gives hope that the national policy can gain … [Read more...]

APEC Asia-Pacific Forum on Financial Inclusion

The 2015 Asia-Pacific Forum on Financial Inclusion held in March in Tagaytay City, Philippines was attended by 150 senior government officials, regulators and leaders from the financial services industry from across Asia and beyond. Convened by the Advisory Group on APEC Financial System Capacity … [Read more...]

Where next for climate adaptation and resilience?

Solar energy is a climate solution with a demonstrated track record of success. Applying smart business models it can be mainstreamed without help from subsidies or policy concessions. It is feasible, commercially viable and it brings economic opportunity that supports sustainable development … [Read more...]

The Next Phase: China and Australia

November 2014 will be marked in the history books of the Australia-China economic relationship by two events: The signing of the Australia-China free trade agreement, and the opening for trade of the new Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect. Though ChAFTA has received pages of coverage, relatively … [Read more...]

Amy Auster joins FDC

FDC Chairman Bob Lyon is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Amy Auster as Principal Consultant. "Amy is a respected economist with considerable experience in Asia and the Pacific, and emerging markets, and will be working as part of the team in extending FDC’s program of strategic … [Read more...]