Representatives of SICCI member businesses and companies who attended the Trade Agreement roundtable.

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) on Tuesday 15th October 2019 hosted a roundtable meeting for its members of the private sector based on important Trade Agreements to Solomon Islands.

This is the fourth and final roundtable meeting organized by the SICCI Advocacy Department this year following earlier roundtable meetings on priority areas for private sector in agriculture, land and infrastructure.

“Trade Agreements once entered into will have effect on imports, exports, and business in general. As such, it is important that discussions be had in order for businesses to benefit from trade agreements that the country is, or becomes, a party to.

“The good partnership between SICCI and MFAET has resulted in frank discussions which can only help the private sector to utilise these arrangements,” SICCI Executive Officer, Mr Nelson Kere, said.

With this roundtable on Trade Agreements, SICCI aimed for its members to be updated on Solomon Islands’ graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) status, and understand implications of Trade Agreements.

There were two presentations made the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET).

Commissioner of Trade, Joseph Ma’ahanua highlighted to Chamber members, the progress and what to expect from Solomon Islands’ graduation from Least Developed Country (LDC) status while Deputy Director of Trade, Ms Jenny Barile did a presentation on the Pacific Agreement on Close Economic Relations, PACER Plus.

A total of twenty (20) member companies of the Chamber attended including representatives from the agriculture sector, manufacturing sector and construction sector.

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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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