Pacific Islands Forum Economic and Trade Ministers and officials, including regional Private Sector representatives, have gathered in the Cook Islands this week for the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM), Forum Trade Ministers Meeting (FTMM), and a Joint Meeting of Economic and Trade Ministers with the Private Sector.
This series of meetings will focus on increased engagement of the private sector in the Pacific island economies and discuss ways to address the concerns of the sector through regional approaches.
A Private Sector Dialogue (PSD) Workshop held yesterday morning at the Edgewater Resort brought together representatives of national private sector organisations and industry representatives from the Forum Island Countries on October 27 to deliberate on issues which affect micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region.
The meeting was chaired by the new Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce president Stephen Lyon.
Importantly, Pacific Islands Forum secretary general Dame Meg Taylor attended the meeting and spoke about the importance of the private sector, and particularly the role it plays in developing businesswomen.
Taylor is the first woman to hold the significant leadership role.
A joint official opening of the FEMM and FTMM will be held at the National Auditorium this morning.