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SAIPAN, CNMI (March 25, 2011) – The speakers at the economic summit highlighted the importance of infrastructure improvements to a tourist destination and the need for a diversified economy. These are concepts promoted again and again and again, over the years, by hundreds of experts.

Still, the value of the summit is in generating momentum behind a collective purpose, in this case, rebuilding the local economy. The enthusiasm is commendable and the ideas are all good. But the promise of success lies in the government’s ability to implement policies that support these good ideas.

Regrettably, there has been little evidence that this administration has the ability to put any good policy in place. It is the private sector that must try to exact policy and programmatic changes that translate into successes for the community. Private citizens, for their part, will have to be responsible for — and tireless in — advocating changes.

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