Who we are
The Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization (PIPSO) is the premier private sector representative body in the Pacific Islands region.
It was set-up through the mandate of the Forum Economic Ministers in 2005 to be the representative body of the Pacific region’s private sector and to ensure dialogue between public and private sectors for strengthening regional policy making.
Promoting and inspiring the growth of Pacific businesses.
Advocate for and drive private sector driven economic growth for the benefit of our region.
The work we do and the way we do it is premised on the following:
We deliver to our members and the wider Pacific business community timely and relevant information, programs and services, that deliver measurable results.
We embrace and encourage new ideas and creative thinking to strive for continuous improvements of organisational operations and programs.
We conduct business with honesty and integrity and making decisions to ensure future stability and sustainability
We promote and provide leadership that embraces our membership and impacts the direction of the wider Pacific business community.
We cultivate a culture of teamwork to accomplish goals and objectives and empower staff and partners we work with.
We reach out, be transparent, and communicate our work using the most appropriate communication and information tools and methods.
PIPSO’s membership currently consists of the National Private Sector Organizations (NPSOs) of 15 Forum Island Countries (FICS) namely Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
The key role of the NPSOs is to advocate for the interests of the private sector at the country level and participate and contribute to the policy development and strategies for private sector development. NPSOs are required to be inclusive of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Women in Business as their members.
Our activities focus on meeting our Strategic Goals outlined below:
• Build strong and responsive National Private Sector Organisations (NPSOs)
• Promote and facilitate greater cooperation and information sharing with the private sector
• Improve private sector dialogue and partnerships with government and partners
• Facilitate and build private sector business, trade and competitiveness
• Strengthen private sector involvement in national and regional policy development and support implementation
• Advocate for the interest of the private sector at regional and international forums
• Maintain a sustainable, effective and relevant PIPSO.
Build Strong and Responsive National Private Sector Organisations (NPSOs)
We invest in activities that build the capacity of our members because in doing so, they can be strong foundations in building and assisting businesses in their countries.
We facilitate and organise the attendance of our NPSO members to attend business trainings, trade workshops, ICT seminars and business forums held annually not only in the region, but also in various parts of the world.
Improve private sector dialogue and partnerships with government and partners
PIPSO and its members actively participate in Private Sector Dialogues with the most recent being the 6th Private Sector Dialogue held in the Cook Islands in 2015 within the margins of the 19th Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) and for the first time, was held in conjunction with the Forum Trade Ministers Meeting (FTMM).
Facilitate and build private sector business, trade and competitiveness
Building private sector competitiveness and growth is at the core of our existence as an organisation. We meet this goal in many different ways.Here are a few events in the last few years that support this goal:
Pacific Agribusiness Forum
Fiji Exporters Symposiums
Caribbean-Pacific AgriFoods Forum
Caribbean learning journey
Launching Pacific Cluster Literature
Cluster development awareness workshops
Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) ICT Marketing and Communications training, and the Pacific Wave Conference
Pacific Women in Business Conference
Business Development Fund
Strengthen private sector involvement in national and regional policy development and support implementation
Two key focus areas of PIPSO’s work is built around promoting and facilitating greater cooperation and information sharing, and establishing and nurturing strategic partnerships and engagements. In 2015, PIPSO signed two MOUs, one with the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat (MSGS) and the other with the Pacific Business Investment Facility (BIF), to support this work recognising that addressing private sector challenges and working to support Pacific businesses is not something PIPSO envisages doing alone, and that working with national, regional and international partners is essential to contribute to achieving development outcomes.
Advocate for the interest of the private sector at regional and international forums
PIPSO also attends many regional and international meetings and forums, to primarily advocate and lobby for support to the Pacific private sector, as well as to network with partners and stakeholders, share learnings, and identify areas in which to collaborate.