SICCI 2018-19 business plan and budget in place

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BY LYNTON AARON FILIA

Chairperson for the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) Mr Jay Bartlett during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) recently.

COUNTRY’S Chamber of Commerce and Industry has its one-year business plan and budget already in place.

The business plan and budget is focussed on offering training of directors for emerging private sector leaders.

It aims to enable members accelerate their progression into directorship roles.

The revelation is made by Chairperson for the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) Mr Jay Bartlett during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) recently.

Mr Bartlett said, “For 2018-2019 we have our business plan and budget already in place, and two of the initiative I would like to highlight is the Institute of Directors programme.

“This training programme targets emerging private sector leaders that will enable them to accelerate their progression into directorship role.”

Bartlett encourages more females to be part of this significant training.

He said this is a way forward to promote stronger gender balance in private sector leadership and work towards bridging the generational gap in leadership in Solomon Islands.

Another initiative SICCI is looking at is the Regional Trade Delegation.

At the moment Bartlett said they are in dialogue with PNG counterparts in the Chamber, Solomon Islands High Commission and Ministry of Trade and Commerce.

Bartlett said their team looks forward to delivering better networking opportunities, trainings and events for its members.

He also adds that SICCI is looking forward to build stronger relationships and working with elected leaders and government to promote a prosperous Solomon Islands.

Bartlett also announced that Australian Government is their major funder.

He said SICCI is fortunate to receive support from the Australian Government which keeps the Chamber operation rolling.

And this year SICCI and Australia High Commission signed additional funding as new extension of Grant Agreement on Wednesday which total up to SBD$3.2 million, he said.

“I am pleased to announce we signed an extension to the current Grant Agreement to value of approximately SBD$1 million which is in addition to three-year grant agreement worth SBD$2.2M with total value of SBD$3.2M,” Bartlett said.

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