SICCI members joined hundreds other in a parade on Monday morning as the country celebrated the RAMSI Farewell week.

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) joined the government, schools, churches, other stakeholders and Solomon Islanders in a farewell parade on Monday morning as the country marked the final transition of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

Businesses joined the morning march from the Honiara City Council westward to the National Arts Gallery as part of the weeklong RAMSI farewell celebrations.

“As a country, we owe our gratitude to RAMSI and all the participating nations,” said SICCI Chair Jay Bartlett.

“Our economy was at its lowest 14 years ago. Today we have come a long way from those days. Businesses are flourishing once again. Foreign investors and donors have returned with their confidence restored and the Solomon Islands economy recovered.

“Perhaps the biggest challenge for us as a country is to take ownership and sustain what has been achieved from the RAMSI partnership.

“There are many lessons that we can learn from and build on for the challenges we face as a nation in the coming years.

“The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry on behalf of the private sector would like to thank RAMSI for the partnership in restoring peace and stability we enjoy today.”

SICCI and its members will host visiting leaders of the RAMSI alliance at a luncheon this Thursday at the Heritage Park Hotel as appreciation for the work RAMSI has done for the country.

The lunch occasion will consist of Pacific Island Forum leaders, their delegates and government representatives.

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