News 29 Mar 2018
The Tahiti Business Days Conference last week was significant in that it welcomed French Polynesia as a new member of the Forum.
PCF CEO Craig Strong attended the Pacific Business Days (PSD) Event in Tahiti on March 20-23.
PSD is held every two years and is French Polynesia’s premiere business forum, attracting private and public sector organisations from the French Pacific territories.
As with their inclusion as full members of the Pacific Island Forum, this event attracted participants from the wider forum family, which also included representatives from Rapa Nui.
Participating countries held bilateral meetings and convened a private sector dialogue as part of their wider consultations, as a precursor to the upcoming Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) in Palau in April.
PSD was facilitated by PIFs with input from National Private Sector Organisations – NPSOs - from the region.
Key discussion points included
- Maritime and Air Transport
- ICT Capability
- Sustainability of national and regional private sector organisations
- Disaster resilience, in particular regulations around insurance for SMEs
- Public private partnerships in infrastructure development
- Public private partnerships in the renewable energy sector
- Labour mobility
The appetite from the NPSOs to gain tangible progress solving the issues discussed was evident.