Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and SICCI Chairman, Jay Bartlett with members of the business community after the launch of Government 100 days policy priorities.

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) acknowledges the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) for reaffirming its support to the private sector as the main driving force for economic development in the Solomon Islands.

SICCI, as the peak body representing private sector and businesses, hosted its annual Prime Minister’s Business Breakfast on Friday 31st May 2019 with the event merging into the launch of DCGA’s 100 days policy priorities which will set the foundation for future discourse and action.

The PM’s Business Breakfast is an initiative from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) SICCI signed with Government n 2017 and has become one of the most important events for the Chamber and the business community.

“It is an opportunity for the private sector and business community to engage directly with our leadership and also creates a platform for the Hon Prime Minister to engage directly with businesses – tax payers and employers,” SICCI Chair, Jay Bartlett, said.

The SICCI Chair says the 2019 PM’s Business Breakfast is timely and relevant in the context of current events.

“It is timely as earlier this year as a nation we have gone through the democratic cycle of our National General Election, our people have spoken, our leadership has been elected and a new Government is now in place and operational.

“As a Chamber we look forward to building on interactions and platforms that we have developed over the years and seek to further strengthen the relationship that is shared between both Government and Business.

“Our relationship is one I believe needs to function beyond political and commercial interests and underpinned by our collective commitment in building this great nation, to provide opportunities for our people and to fully realize our growth potential,” Mr Bartlett said.

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare described the event as the bringing together of people who have one concern, and that is to see our country progress.

Hon Sogavare said the challenges, hopes and aspirations that SICCI on behalf of its members have highlighted are indeed those of our people and the country.

“My Government will therefore pursue appropriate policy reforms as well as necessary legislative and regulatory reforms to ensure proper and effective mitigation action are taken.

“Government must support private sector led growth to ensure we can achieve our development ambitions. This is a very important partnership that must be properly and appropriately nurtured through the provision of sound investment environment,” Prime Minister, Hon Sogavare, said.

“Government must support private sector led growth to ensure we can achieve our development ambitions. This is a very important partnership that must be properly and appropriately nurtured through the provision of sound investment environment,” Prime Minister, Hon Sogavare, said.

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