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The Pacific subregion is vast with great distances between islands, neighbors and trading partners. With small and widely dispersed populations, financing adequate transport, energy and ICT infrastructure is difficult for most Pacific island counties. Many countries also face challenges around public and private sector expertise, recruitment and retention. For these, and many other reasons, countries of the subregion have long endeavored to work together through a range of regional mechanisms to deliver improved opportunities for Pacific people, in areas such as natural resource management, employment and trade. This report seeks to identify opportunities for increased regional economic cooperation and integration in the Pacific, and with the wider Asia-Pacific region, in support of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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