31 March 2016

PSDI hosts Pacific leaders meeting on SOE reform

Participants at PSDI's SOE reform meeting along with SOE Reform Specialist Christopher Russel (rear left), ADB Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office Regional Director Andrea Iffland (front, third from left), PSDI SOE Reform Team Leader Laure Darcy (front, third from right) and ADB Pacific Department Director General Xianbin Yao (right).
A two-day seminar on state-owned enterprise reform concluded at PSDI’s office in Sydney today.

The seminar was attended by ministers and heads of departments responsible for SOEs in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, SOLs, Tonga and Vanuatu. They shared their experiences with SOE reform, discussing the obstacles they have encountered and opportunities they have identified to improve SOE performance.

The participants reviewed a working draft of the fifth edition of Finding Balance, PSDI’s comparative study of SOE performance in island economies. They were also addressed a number of guest speakers, including former New Zealand SOE minister Richard Prebble. It was opened by the Director General of ADB’s Pacific Department Xianbin Yao.