As the peak body representing private sector in the country, the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) strongly supports the Anti-Corruption Bill (ACB) that is currently brought before and debated at the National Parliament for enactment.
SICCI reiterated its support towards the Anti-corruption Bill after it was brought before Parliament yesterday Wednesday 18th July for 2nd reading where Prime Minister Hon Rick Houenipwela in his address noted corruption has affected a wide spectrum of the economy and it requires all stakeholders to collectively engage and work together.
SICCI CEO, Dennis Meone acknowledges the Prime Minister’s statement and agrees that it is a collective responsibility from both the public and private sector and civil society to continue and actively support each other in the fight against corruption.
“It requires a multi stakeholder approach which includes the media and all Solomon islanders to do the right thing.
“Efforts to tackle corruption requires the engagement of multiple stakeholders to advocate for a stronger and more effective anti-corruption environment,” he said.
Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects both public and private sectors of all countries.
Mr Meone said the private sector has a vital role to play in preventing and in fighting corruption, and in ensuring transparency and accountability in the country.
SICCI is a member of the National Anti-Corruption Committee led by Government which includes other key stakeholders, and it is in our best interest that we continue supporting efforts against corruption.
Solomon Islands is ranked considerably high in the assessment on corruption perception and the fight against such a phenomenon would improve our reputation as a country and potentially would open up opportunities for foreign direct investment hence the creation of jobs and improvement of social welfare of Solomon Islanders.
SICCI is willing to work closely with the Government and relevant institutions in the efforts against corruption as it is in the best interest of our nation.
“We must do the right thing because we owe it to ourselves and we owe it to the next generation of Solomon islanders,” says Meone.
Mr Meone also highlighted that the Public Private Partnership MoU signed between SICCI and the Government also provides a formal, structured private sector dialogue mechanism that may allow both Government and private sector to arrive at an agreed position on reform priorities and develop solutions.
SICCI commends the Prime Minister Hon Rick Houenipwela and his Government for tabling the Bill in Parliament.
“It is in the best interest of everyone that is Bill is passed and become law,” he said.
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