22 May 2017

Niue seeks Singaporean help to help boost economy

3:56 pm on 22 May 2017

Niue is planning to turn to Singapore for advice on how to generate more income for the island.

Toke Talagi

Sir Toke Talagi Photo: RNZ/ Indira Stewart

The government has been trying to diversify its aid reliant economy through tourism and attracting more Niueans to return.

The premier Sir Toke Talagi, who's just been re-elected for a fourth term, said his government was looking to raise about $US7 million in the next three years from fisheries and the export of water.

"We're also looking to ask the Singaporean government to come here and have a look at what we're doing and advise us as to what they believe we should possibly do to improve our revenues. Singaporeans were left to their own devices very early on and have become a very, very dynamic economic force."

Sir Toke said Singapore may see things Niue isn't at the moment and he plans to write to its prime minister.