Pacific Islands Forum Chairman, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa, has urged the private sector not to shy away from dialogue with government leaders in their countries
Speaking at the opening of the Private Sector Dialogue with Forum Leaders, he said, “Tell them your woes even if the Minister in charge is unfriendly.
“Don’t worry; take your issues to your Prime Minister”.
He said as politicians they have perfected the art of public address and they look and sound good but it does not resolve obstacles faced by the private sector unless they speak up and share it with government leaders.
“Going to the media will not resolve anything because they don’t have the solutions you need,” said Tuilaepa.
He said he was mindful that access to finances is a thorn and that if governments are not approached it will continue to be a problem.
And he says that the Forum Leaders are aware of the “piece meal” on offer to the private sector.
The PM also acknowledged the need for the business sector to work with their respective governments through dialogue to resolve issues.
Representatives of the private sector from around the region were in attendance.