SIPNET members listening to the presentation made by the SICCI incoming CEO Ms Atenasi Ata.

Incoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) Atenasi Ata has lauded the Solomon Islands Professional Women’s Network (SIPNET) as an important forum for consultation and for women to seek guidance to further themselves in their respective professions.

Ms Ata was invited to share her leadership journey at a SIPNET event last Friday in Honiara attended by professional women who are members of SIPNET and used the opportunity to network with the participants.

She also used the opportunity to speak of her development through informal work experiences as a high school student, then in studying at USP through to her roles within National Parliament Office, Australian Government with the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, and finally the United Nations entity for women’s empowerment and gender equality.

SIPNET is a platform for women to network, establish relationship, support each other and work towards common goals.

The network was made possible by the joint efforts of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and SICCI with support from the Australian Government.

Ms Ata said she is pleased that SICCI is part of this important development for professional women in the country.

“SICCI will continue its commitment to drive this initiative forward and we will work on encouraging more women to join this network.

“This network is the kind of initiative that will promote professional and personal development for women where we can build our confidence, skills and connections and where we can gain new ideas and tools for tackling opportunities and challenges in the workplace,” she said.

Arieta Cama, General Manager Corporate Services at Solomon Power also gave an inspirational presentation on her leadership journey during the event.

The network works with the private sector to promote the business case for investing in gender equality and to develop practical tools to improve recruitment, retention, and promotion of women employees.

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

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