THE private sector is a key partner in the efforts towards realising small island developing states (SIDS) sustainable development aspirations, says United Nations under-secretary-general Gyan Chandra Acharya.
Speaking at a press conference during the 2014 Trade Pasifika trade show in Suva, Mr Acharya said the importance of private sector engagement and strengthening business and industry in SIDS was not a new phenomenon.
"It is crucial that the international community support SIDS in facilitating private sector partnerships and to invite private sectors from SIDS and development partners to unite in fostering the necessary environments for building genuine and durable partnerships — no matter how large or small."
He said the rich and diverse cultures, and unique biodiversity in the Pacific were crucial aspects that pulled visitors to the region.
"I am particularly encouraged that focus has been given to the role of women entrepreneurs and that Trade Pasifika provides a strong platform to showcase the exemplary and transformative contributions by the Pacific's women in business, not only to the betterment of local communities and their livelihoods but also the overall socio-economic development of the Pacific region.
"As I stated in my address to the Women in Business meeting, for business to make sense, we need women in business."
The visiting dignitary is also the UN high representative for the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states.