SICCI hosts 44th AGM, elects new Board

The newly elected SICCI Board and CEO. (Front row) Qila Tuhanuku, Chairman Ricky Fuo’o and CEO Natalina Hong. (Back row) Kazi Mushfiqur Rahman, Bob Pollard, Craig Gibsone, Namoi Kaluae and Daniel Tucker. Missing in Frank Wickham. Photos: SICCI Media
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THE Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) hosted its 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 24th March, 2021 which allowed members to elect new Board Members for 2021/2022.

Ricky Fuo’o, General Manager of Tropic Group Builders (TGB), was elected unopposed replacing outgoing Chairman, Jay Bartlett.

“Our members’ confidence in the leadership and governance of the Chamber is reflected by the re-election of five current Board Members,” said the Chamber’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Natalina Hong.

“I would like to thank members of the last board for their ongoing commitment and support in what was a challenging environment. I would particularly like to thank our outgoing Chairman, who has made an outstanding contribution to the Chamber in his six years tenure as Chair,” she added.

Returning Board Members are:

  • Qila Tuhanuku (Vice Chairlady) – Marketing & Corporate Affairs Manager, Solomon Breweries Ltd
  • Frank Wickham – General Manager, National Fisheries Development (NFD) Ltd
  • Bob Pollard – Managing Director, KPSI & Pasifiki HR
  • Craig Gibsone – General Manager, Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL)
  • Daniel Tucker – Country Manager, Kramer Ausenco (SI) Ltd

They are joined by two new members:

  • Namoi Kaluae – Co-Founder, Adkonect & Pacific Tenders
  • Kazi Mushfiqur Rahman – General Manager, SITCO

Outgoing Chair, Mr Bartlett said Wednesday’s AGM welcomes new leadership and composition to the Board after five years.

“I trust the transition will be seamless as, although roles may change, the Board remains experienced and well suited in continuously building upon current foundational work.

“The new Chairman being a tax paying business owner will truly understand our plight and challenges to address. With the current CEO and the new Chairman and Board composition, I remain confident in our well-established progression governance structure for solid progress,” Mr Bartlett said.

In signing off, Mr Bartlett acknowledged with deep appreciation, each and every valuable member of SICCI who make the organization exist in strength and numbers.

“Thank you to our Platinum and Gold Sponsors both as individuals and companies.

“A special Thank you to the Australian High Commission and the High Commissioner Dr Lachlan and his team for the vital financial support as we would not be here without this continuous base support.

“Thank you all as the Chamber acknowledges that your valuable support has made sure of a unified sector voice with strong advocacy to the interest of our business and national economy,” Mr Bartlett said.

-SICCI Media