8 Mar 2012

Marshall Islands President keen to strengthen business sector

11:24 am on 8 March 2012

The recently elected Marshall Islands President, Christopher Loeak, told the local Chamber of Commerce at a meeting that he wants to strengthen a government-business partnership to create more jobs in the country.

He brought most of his Cabinet ministers to the gathering, producing a turnout of more than 100 people.

The meeting was also nationally broadcast on the government's radio station.

Both Mr Loeak and the new Chamber of Commerce President Brenda Alik-Maddison said Wednesday's meeting was the first of what is planned to be an ongoing conversation between the public and private sectors.

Mr Loeak says strengthening the business sector is a key goal of the new government

Brenda Alik-Maddison says the Chamber believes in a strong partnership and the Marshallese tradition of mutual respect is essential for good dialog and partnership.