28 Oct 2010

Niue premier wants closer links with private sector

4:17 pm on 28 October 2010

The Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, says he wants to see governments working more closely with the private sector to grow economies in Pacific countries.

Mr Talagi is the chair of the Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers meeting, or FEMM, which is underway on Niue.

In his opening remarks, Mr Talagi said the body had tended to meander in recent times and a re-focussing is needed.

He says he's not apportioning blame but looking for the body to reaffirm its purpose.

Mr Talagi says critical sectors such as fisheries and tourism would be enhanced by closer links between governments and the private sector.

"The governments' roles in this are not necessarily to grow the economy per se but to provide the infrastructure facilities as well as the enabling environment to ensure that the private sector can participate."

Toke Talagi also wants the meeting to decide how the island countries will spend donor funding provided to help mitigate the effects of climate change.