2 May 2011

Private sector in Tuvalu wants stronger ties with government

7:41 am on 2 May 2011

The Tuvalu National Private Sector Organisation is hoping a peer review of the country's development planning, budgeting and aid co-ordination systems will lead to stronger ties between the private sector and the government.

The week-long review, organised by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, began on Wednesday and involves a team of government representatives from Tonga and Vanuatu and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

The Chief Executive of the Tuvalu National Private Sector Organisation Elisala Pita has told the team that the private sector should have a say in government budgets and projects.

"Currently the private sector is not involved at all with the annual budget; not even in consultations. So what might happen is the private sector might have a one-day forum with the government before the budget process is completed every year. Not only that but the private sector might also have a chance to have dialogue with government regarding amendments to legislation."

Elisala Pita says he also believes the government must support the private sector in order to maximise economic growth.