Radio New Zealand: Academic tells Kiribati not to rush into Bakov decision

Pala Molisa, from Wellington’s Victoria University, said the Pacific was becoming the new hunting ground for predatory countries wanting to invest.

He said the Kiribati government had a fine balancing act between trying to attract investors and ensuring sovereignty and good development.

He said consultation with local communities was key.

“If you look closely at a lot of these experiments too, they’ve often been ways of practising a kind of cultural imperialism that actually runs roughshod off the voices and concerns of communities especially at the lower grassroots level.”

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