BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
CHAMBER of Commerce and Industry has calendared 2018 as an important year in its operation – celebrating the country’s 40th Anniversary.
SICCI Chairperson Mr Jay Bartlett said 2018 is an important year for SICCI and its members to celebrate the country’s 40 years of sovereignty.
He said it is important for them because it’s time as a nation to celebrate 40 years and reflect on their journey.
“It’s time to celebrate our sovereign independence but it’s also a time for us to reflect on our journey and think about the path that we are heading,” Bartlett said.
As the country is moving forward, Bartlett said after 40 years he believes SICCI and its members have a big role to play as a voice platform to represent the voiceless.
“After 40 years I believe we need to push even harder in our effort to tackle some of the really core fundamental issues no matter how complex such as land reform or contention such as anti-corruption in the public and private sector.
“It will take courage, it will take strength, it will take an unwavering support from each and every one of you and support for our Chamber movement,” Bartlett said.
SICCI CEO Mr Dennis Meone in his presentation said the Solomon Islands Government remains as its key stakeholder.
He said their continuous collaboration and engagement with the Government is critical to working towards a conducive business environment.
This is where the private sector can grow and jobs are created for our growing population, Mr Meone said.
“SICCI is driven by its vision for the Solomon Islands, its own mission and the values which govern the way it goes about its work,” CEO Meone said.