A friend of mine on secondment from the Australian Treasury to the Solomon Islands ministry of finance just sent this through.
I just got back from 3 days in Choiseul, the north-westernmost island of SI (I could look out from the capital, Taro, and see Bougainville in the distance), where I tried to explain economic reform, in pijin, to the villagers. It’s surprising, when you boil it down, how fundamental markets are to the whole deal. And the villagers know all about markets, because that’s where they sell their food. From there, we managed to discuss the problems with the local electricity and water authorities and the need for tax reform. Not bad, huh?!