BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
THE Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) were briefed on the proposed National Security Policy which the Government is developing for the country.
Consultant National Security Policy, Mr Bernard Bata’anisia informed SICCI that the proposed policy is important for Solomon Islands’ security.
He said the policy would help the country devise strategies and mechanisms to address many security challenges confronting the country, especially for the security outlook for business environment in the country.
He added, since independence Solomon Islands did not have a national security policy in place and such made the country vulnerable to sorts of security challenges, both internal and external.
Bata’anisia also said Solomon Islands also encountered threats to its national interest, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“Another important issue in the policy framework discussion and debate is how we manage and effectively coordinate our two international maritime borders with Papua New Guinea in the north bothering Western, Choiseul and Malaita provinces and Vanuatu in the eastern bordering Temotu province.
“It is therefore important that we consult widely and listen to the views and aspirations of all stake holders in the country, including SICCI, so that collectively we could address our border and security challenges in a more effective, coherent and coordinated way, to ensure the country is safe and secured as well our citizens and resources,” Bata’anisia said.
SICCI’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Dennis Meone welcomes the opportunity.
“From a business perspective, it is important that we work together to collectively address our security challenges in the country so as to create a peaceful and safe environment for business to operate.”
The presentation to SICCI is part of the National Security Policy wider consultation with all stakeholders in the country and with a view of presenting the final report to Cabinet by end of October or early November this year.
The team earlier on Thursday last week held consultations with the Honiara City Council.