SICCI Chairman Jay Bartlett and Outgoing CEO Dennis Meone joins other invited guests at the official handover of the Kukum Highway Project for a walk over the newly built Mataniko Bridge.

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) urges fellow Solomon Islanders to take pride and ownership over the upgraded Kukum Highway that is already changing the face of our national capital, Honiara.

The Kukum Highway, funded by the Government of Japan since 2016, was officially handed over to the Government and people of Solomon Islands on Wednesday 5th December 2018.

SICCI Board Chairman, Jay Bartlett and outgoing Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dennis Meone were present at the handover ceremony attended by Prime Minister Hon Rick Houenipwela, Members of Parliament, key government officials, and members of the Diplomatic Community to receive the project from the Japanese Ambassador, HE Mr Shigeru Toyama.

Mr Bartlett said this is the sort of infrastructure development Solomon Islands needs to support economic growth.

“The upgraded Kukum Highway has already improved efficiency in mobility and has drastically give a much-needed facelift to our capital city.

 “Roads are the arteries through which the economy pulses. By linking producers to markets, workers to jobs, students to school, and the sick to hospitals, roads are vital to any development agenda,” the SICCI Chair added.

Mr Bartlett calls for collective responsibility from on all Solomon Islanders and Honiara residents to use the vital road infrastructure and bridges wisely and assist responsible authorities in looking after them.

“As a Chamber, we applaud the Government and people of Japan for funding the project and the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, the Consultant and Constructors for overseeing its completion while also encouraging Solomon Islanders to work and cooperate with authorities in maintaining this important infrastructure.

The SICCI Chair on behalf of the private sector thanked the Government of Japan for the infrastructure that has already ease and improve transportation in Honiara.

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