Kiribati Chamber of Commerce & Industry launch Business Survey Report

The Kiribati Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the Kiribati Business Survey Report at the Novotel Hotel, in Nadi, Fiji.

Launching the survey, the President of the KCCI, Tekeeua Tarati said this was a first survey of its kind in Kiribati, which will provide evidenced based information to assist the KCCI to advocate for its members to ensure that a sustained and conducive business environment is created in Kiribati.

The survey helped identify specific issues and barriers to starting and growing a business. The survey also identified specific services expected of the KCCI from its members.

Key barriers identified in starting a business included obtaining land, obtaining business license, connecting to utilities, limited suppliers and lack of customer service of government officials handing business issues.

Key barriers identified in growing a business included too many taxes, cost of freight, services to island councils, cost of electricity and lack of appropriate skilled workers.

Key Business services identified by the KCCI members included basic business training, marketing & promotion and business networking.

The Director of the ILO Office for the Pacific Island Countries, David Lamotte said the ILO provided technical assistance in terms of developing the survey instrument and funding for the survey.

Vanuatu had just completed a similar survey and Fiji was contemplating conducting one.

For more information/inquiries please contact:

Tekeeua Tarati
Kiribati Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI)
(686) 686 26351

Edward Bernard
International Labour Organisation (ILO)