Private sector leadership in the Pacific
Sustained economic growth is important in achieving poverty reduction and other development goals. A dynamic private sector that provides jobs, goods and services, and tax revenue can therefore be a major engine of development.
Institutions also matter, however, both in encouraging the growth of business and protecting society against abuse by businesses, including inhibiting corrupt relationships between business and the state.
How the state and business interact is likely to determine whether a government is able to harness the private sector’s potential to promote developmental goals.
DLP will be investigating these issues in the Pacific. The project will begin with a scoping workshop in June 2014, and a major stream of research will follow that examines the relationships between the state and business, and the corporatisation of the state.