1 Nov 2004

Solomons Government advised to sell out of commercial ventures in which it is involved

2:13 pm on 1 November 2004

An Australian economist says the Solomon Islands' government should not be involved in commercial activities.

Nicholas Copple, who is visiting the Solomons, says commercial areas in the government should be handed over to the private sector.

He says the government should concentrate on delivering goods and services to the public.

Mr Copple says it is the private sector which engineers growth.

He says government enterprises have not only failed to deliver effective services, but have also failed to operate sustainably.