THE Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have signed a partnership agreement aimed at strengthening mutual relationship to work together.
The signing ceremony held at the Rove Police Headquarter was attended by the members of the business community, SICCI Board, Senior Executives of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and members of the diplomatic corp.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is aimed at strengthening the relationship between SICCI and RSIPF to collaborate. Both parties recognized that there is a strong link between the rule of law, growth and investment which underpins private sector development and job creation.
The agreement will provide a conduit through the set-up of an Executive Group comprising of both parties to explore, discuss and resolve areas of common interest. In brief the MOU will allow both parties to share and exchange information, explore and promote crime prevention initiatives, including recognizing the commercial perspective of businesses in the Solomon Islands. Both parties also recognize and share a social conscience for community wellbeing.
SICCI Chair, Jay Bartlett in his official remarks acknowledged the role of RSIPF in recognizing the need to collaborate through the signing of the MOU.
“Today our two institutions will mark a historical milestone in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and the significance is in the acknowledgement. It is an acknowledgement that we need each other” said Mr Bartlett.
“The relationship between the public and private sector is one that we believe needs to be continually strengthened in order to adequately face the challenges ahead of us”
The Chair further highlighted that it is time to do things differently, to collaborate, to co-ordinate and to better communicate. “This platform will provide an opportunity for the private sector to take a more pro-active role in supporting our Police Force and vice versa” said Mr Bartlett.
RSIPF Commissioner Matthew Varley also acknowledged the commitment and leadership from the private sector in agreeing to collaborate and reinforcing the need to work together.
“This new partnership that we are cementing together between RSIPF and SICCI recognizes the strength of working together. We can combine the resources and ingenuity of the police and business communities across Solomon Islands to solve problems and improve communities”
“Strong partnership gives strengths to communities and therefore communities can grow and prosper,” said Mr Varley.
The signing ceremony follows 11 months of work behind the scene to finalize the agreement.