The Coconut Pacific's stall at the 2018 mini trade-show has proved to be one of the main attractions for members of the public.

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) has commended organizers of the week-long mini tradeshow which coincides with the country’s hosting of the Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival (MACFest) from July 1st-14th 2018.

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration (MCILI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) made the mini tradeshow possible which gave local businesses the rare opportunity to promote their products and services.

Twenty-three (23) Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) both in Honiara and in the provinces are benefitting from the mini tradeshow by showcasing and promoting their products to members of the general public and also visitors who are here for the MACFest.

SICCI is also thankful to the Government for hosting the MACFest here in the country because SMEs and other businesses are able to participate at a regional platform such as the MACFest.

Sixty percent of SICCI’s 200 members are SMEs and this type of event provides an excellent platform for SMEs to participate and do networking.

SICCI’s Export Industry Development Officer, John Paul Alasia says seeing the Government through respective ministries taking the lead in organizing such an initiative is a positive sign.

“As the Export Industry Development Officer of SICCI I would like to thank Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration for organizing and hosting the mini tradeshow for local Small Agriculture and Horticulture Businesses to promote their products,” he said.

Mr Alasia said promotion and marketing is still a major issue for our businesses, especially SMEs in the Solomon Islands.

“For Government to take the lead in promoting our local products during the 6th Melanesian Arts Festival is a positive step in the right direction for our country.

“As the peak body representing private sector in the Solomon Islands, SICCI through its Export Industry Development Division is grateful for the ongoing support and opportunities the Ministry of Commerce is giving to our local Agriculture, Horticulture and Fishery businesses now and into the future,” Mr Alasia said.

The focus of the mini tradeshow is on promoting local manufactured products as well as cultural value-added products in the country.

Twenty-three exhibitors from different business sectors in the country are showcasing their products, create awareness, expose public attention, build network and connection and desiring and purchasing.

The ministry is looking at making this an annual event.

The mini tradeshow is hosted at the Panatina Campus of the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and it concludes Tuesday 10th July 2018.

About the author

Philip Lilomo is the Chamber's Media & Communications Officer. Philip writes most of the Chamber's media releases. He also manages the website contents, designs the Chamber's monthly newsletter, brochures and maintains the organisation's visual branding. 

Philip can be contacted on email: media@solomonchamber.com.sb 

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