The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI), successfully hosted its 45th Annual General Meeting (AGM), on Wednesday 20th April 2022, which also allowed members to elect new Board Members.
The AGM which took place at the Heritage Park Hotel gathered around 40 attendees both on-site and online, mostly members and a few honorary members.
The key agendas at the AGM were the annual election of a new SICCI Board Members, Annual Report presented by SICCI CEO and Audit Financial Statement by board Treasurer.
Delivering his opening remarks, SICCI Board’s unopposed Chair and General Manager of Tropic Group Builders, Ricky Fuo’o thanked the members who have attended and highlighted some of the key achievements and challenges the out-going Board encountered in 2021, as well as way forward for this year.
SICCI CEO, Natalina Hong, when delivering her key message at the AGM, also thanked members, sponsors, and development partners for their support.
“All of SICCI efforts in advocacy activities and service delivery for its members is only made possible because of the tremendous support of our members, sponsors and development partners. We sincerely thank and appreciate all your continuous support, generous contributions and the trust given to SICCI, in developing and growing a vibrant private sector, strengthening the unity of the business community”, said Ms Hong.
She also highlighted some of the on-going constraints facing the private sector businesses in the country thus, re-iterating SICCI’s stand as the peak organization representing private sector businesses, the importance of partnership with the Solomon Islands Government.
“The economic slow-down due to COVID-19 in 2021 is having a significant impact on the Solomon Islands private sector. Businesses have significant immediate cash-flow issues and are struggling to stay afloat. These defaults will have negative spillover effects for the wider economy via job losses, reduced spending in the economy. However, SICCI continues to engage with immediate government, our important stakeholder, on practical measures to support the private sector, while advocating to ensure livelihoods and jobs remain intact”, accentuated Ms Hong.
Meanwhile, the election of new the Board which also wrapped up the AGM has seen seven returning members and only one new inclusion. They are;
Qila Tuhanuku (Vice Chairlady)- Marketing & Corporate Affairs Manager, Solomon Breweries Ltd
Namoi Kaluae – Co-Founder, Adkonect & Pacific Tenders
Dr Lazarus Tavichikai – eCall Health Center
Frank Wickham – General Manager, National Fisheries Development (NFD) Ltd
Kazi Mushfiqur Rahman – General Manager, SITCO
Louisa Baragamu – Chief Manager Economics, Research & Statistics CBSI
Toby Griffiths (New inclusion) – Country Manager, Tradco Shipping
Bringing the AGM to a close, SICCI CEO welcomed the duly elected Board Members and again acknowledged members and sponsors for making the AGM a successful one.
SICCI is the peak representative of the private sector and a membership driven organisation of more than 200 members from the local business community, with a vision of a vibrant private sector leading to better lives for Solomon Islanders.