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Three private sector representatives from Fiji, Samoa and the Republic of the Marshall Islands are to brief a regional workshop in Vanuatu next week on the value of building a stronger public-private sector partnership. The briefings will also cover how public-private sector consultations are being undertaken in their countries, the difficulties faced and the benefits gained from that process.

The President of the Fiji Employers Federation, Mr. David Aidney, is scheduled to join Ms. Jessica Reimers, a businesswoman and representative of the Majuro Chamber of Commerce from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Mr. Arthur Penn, a certified public accountant and representative of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce.

Their briefing is part of a daylong workshop that will report its outcomes to a meeting of Forum Economic Ministers in Port Vila next week.

It is the latest in a series of activities where Forum governments are being encouraged to consult more widely with the private sector and civil society on key economic and development issues in the region.

The keynote address for the workshop will be delivered by Mr. John Aruhuri, General Manager of the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who will give a private sector perspective on the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors.

The workshop will also discuss issues raised in a Secretariat report on "Best Practice in Public-Private Sector Consultation in Policy Formulation." The delegates will share experiences of public-private sector partnerships in their own countries, and discuss how this may provide a base for stronger partnerships at both the national and regional levels.

The inaugural Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) in 1997 recognized that the development of the private sector was central to ensuring sustained economic growth and that governments should provide a policy environment to encourage this.

Subsequent FEMMs have reinforced the role of the private sector as the engine of economic growth, and urged governments in the region to consult more widely with the private sector when formulating economic policy so that the policies are more effective.

The workshop in Vanuatu is expected to strengthen related efforts to develop partnerships at the national level and help establish a regional consultative mechanism between the public and private sectors.

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