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Howard Politini Elected PIPSO Chair

Howard Politini has become the second Fijian to be elected as the chairperson of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO). The first being Hafiz Khan decades ago. Mr Politini
15 Jul 2016 12:37
Howard Politini Elected PIPSO Chair
From left: Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (NSA) Grants Officer Sai Too Go, Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) newly-elected chairman Howard Politini, PIPSO chief executive Mereia Volavola and NSA Engagement officer, Penisoni Naupoto. Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

Howard Politini has become the second Fijian to be elected as the chairperson of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO). The first being Hafiz Khan decades ago.

Mr Politini is the general manager Human Resources of Bank South Pacific and the immediate past President of the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation.

He was elected during PIPSO’s 10th annual general meeting, on Wednesday at Tanoa Skylodge Hotel in Nadi.

Alongside Mr Politini, also elected on the board was Westpac Senior manager Microfinance and Women’s market, Eseta Nadakuitavuki.

Mr Politini said: “I have to keep the momentum going for PIPSO. It’s fairly a young organisation and we have been through a few cycles of the board and so on.

“We live in a very dynamic environment in terms of the economics of the region, the global impact of climate change and the disaster risk management.”

Mr Politini said there is a need to adapt and also have the social impact of business to it in the area.

“We are very much small medium enterprises based and we are not big Industrials like the Asian countries,” he said.

“So we need to be very resourceful about the different business we do – be it services industry, agriculture or aquaculture.

“We need to be innovative about it. In all of this we have the responsibility to all engage with our respective Government at a national level.

“This is why a lot of our focus and our strategic plans this week have been on strengthening of National Private Sector Organisations (NPSOs) in our various respective countries.”

 

Outgoing chair

Outgoing chair, Klaus Stunzner (Samoa), had been involved with PIPSO since 2008 and came through as a Council member and vice-Chair and became chair for the last two years.

“It has been satisfying to see the growth that PIPSO has gone through itself, not only the general growth but the capacity of our staff and the value it brings to our members in the region,” he said.

“With the guidance of Howard, I am confident the growth will continue with positive benefits,” he said.

 

Edited by: Rachna lal

Feedback:  rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

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