[Pacific Plan Review] Pacific labour mobility is key, hears Pacific Plan Review
PRESS STATEMENT 14/13
Friday 19th April 2013
CAPTION: (l-r) Chair of the Pacific Plan Review, Sir Mekere Morauta, and Consultant Dr Nick Poletti at their meeting with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce CEO, Mr Jerry Maiki Tengemoana, in Honiara this week.
Labour mobility is central to Pacific regional integration.
This was the message from the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jerry Maiki Tengemoana, when he met this week with the Pacific Plan Review team in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
“The Solomon Islands is faced with a shortage of skilled labour, like many other island nations, and we have seen a lot of Fiji and PNG nationals, for instance, fill that gap in various sectors,” said Mr Tengemoana.
“There is a need to up-skill our own people, but could there also be ways of facilitating regional labour mobility, not only from our closer neighbours, but the rest of the region?”
Mr Tengemoana added that engaging with other Pacific nations’ private sector organisations through the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) remained critical.
“With a combined voice, such as through our engagement as a PIPSO member, we believe we can do more to influence governments to truly assist private sectors thrive and grow across the Pacific,” said Mr Tengemoana.
He also spoke to the Review team about the challenges faced by the Solomon Islands private sector in areas of infrastructure and quarantine compliance for exports, particularly to neighbouring countries Australia and New Zealand, and for which regional solutions may be viable.
Chair of the Pacific Plan Review, Rt. Hon. Sir Mekere Morauta, KCMG, is accompanied by Review consultant, Dr Nick Poletti, on the Solomon Islands country consultations.
The Pacific Plan Review team will begin national consultations in Papua New Guinea next week.
From PNG the team travels to New Caledonia, Nauru, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and Fiji, before presenting its interim findings in late May.
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