7 Dec 2017

Concerns in Kiribati at high prices in outer islands

7:58 am on 7 December 2017

The Kiribati government says it will investigate claims of high charges put on commodities sold in the outer islands.

During question time in the Maneaba ni Maungatabu, opposition MP, Rimeta Beniamina, asked why goods being sold direct from merchant vessels at anchor in the outer islands are charging up to 4 times the price paid in Tarawa.

He said this was like robbing people on the outer islands of their copra money and asks what the government can do to ensure prices are reasonable.

The minister of commerce, Atarake Nataarasa, said the government was considering ways to address the issue.