(From left to right) Outgoing SICCI Vice Chairman, David Rupokets, CEO Atenasi Ata, new Vice Chairman, Ricky Fuoo, one of the newly elected board members, Daniel Tucker and re-elected board member, Craig Gibsone.

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) have three new faces on its Board of Directors, following the latest elections of Board Members.

This was during the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 25th March 2020 at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara.

Chairman, Jay Bartlett will continue his leadership of the SICCI Board returning unopposed for his fifth consecutive term as Chair, while Ricky Fuoo, General Manager of Tropical Glass Aluminium (TGA) replaces David Rupokets as Vice Chairman.

The three new Board members are:

  • Daniel Tucker – Country Manager, Kramer Ausenco (SI) Ltd
  • Bob Pollard – Managing Director, Kokonut Pacific SI & Pasifiki HR
  • Qila Tuhanuku – Marketing & Corporate Affairs Manager, Solomon Breweries Ltd

Members casting their votes.

“I believe that SICCI Board members’ commitment big or small contributes to promoting a prosperous Solomon Islands and it’s been a honor to serve with the previous Board over the last twelve (12) months and I look forward to the same level of commitment from the new Board members,” Chairman, Mr Bartlett, said.

The three joins re-elected Board members:

  • Belinda Botha – Owner/Operator, Dive Munda
  • Craig Gibsone – General Manager, GPPOL
  • Frank Wickham – Managing Director, National Fisheries Development Ltd (NFD)

New Vice Chairman, Ricky Fuoo.

Under the new SICCI constitution eight members are elected for the Board every year during the AGM, and another two are co-opted – meaning two more members will join upon being appointed by this newly elected Board.

Apart from the election of Board members, outgoing Treasurer, Ms Hilda Lamani presented to members SICCI’s financial report followed by the CEO’s report, delivered by Ms Atenasi Ata.

As the peak body representing the private sector, the Chamber’s membership is diverse and consists of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and represents all sectors and sizes.

“While our membership base remains relatively the same our membership structure has shifted and we now see a lot more smaller business joining the Chamber. Our structure is 70% SMEs, 11% medium and large businesses respectively and 4% affiliate and honorary members,” SICCI Membership and Services Officer, Ms Naomi Mara, said.

About the author

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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