4 Jul 2002

Vanuatu PM says Pacific countries are to blame for some of the problems they face

4:38 am on 4 July 2002

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Edward Natapei, says Pacific nations have to take some of the blame for their poor economic performance, and the social and political problems they face.

Mr Natapei has told the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting in Port Vila that problems such as poor fiscal management, inefficient administrations, a lack of transparency and resistance to change are all within the control of Pacific Governments.

He says a framework has been established by the Forum Economic Ministers to help Pacific countries handle these issues, but they continue to fall short of their commitments.

And Mr Natapei told the meeting that his new government has committed itself to improving the living standards of people, especially those in rural areas.

He says it will require a firm political undertaking, a responsive and efficient civil service, a dynamic private sector and an effective partnership with civil society.