4 Aug 2005

Cooks PM urges good management of key industries

2:24 pm on 4 August 2005

The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Jim Marurai, says financially the country is doing well, but if that is to continue, the biggest industries must be well managed.

Mr Marurai says agriculture was the biggest money earner in the past, but today it is tourism which is a very vulnerable industry.

He says that has to be managed well, otherwise the Cook Islands could lose it and end up in the same situation as some of its neighbours

"I don't want us to be like Nauru. When their mineral is gone, that's it and they are one of the poorest countries in the region."

Jim Marurai