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SICCI echoes Marape’s proposed annual SI-PNG business forum

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry has echoed a proposal by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Honourable James Marape to consider a path towards further enhancing dialogue and network between the private sectors PNG and Solomon Islands.

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‘Partnership for shared prosperity’

Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum gets underway

Success in the Pacific is fundamentally built and underpinned by partnerships and beneficial relationships.

Chair of the Board of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), Mr Jay Bartlett made the statement during his opening remarks at the 11th Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum which got underway in Honiara on Wednesday 11th September 2019.

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PM pleased with proposed tax reforms

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has told delegates to the 11th Australia and Solomon Islands Business Forum of his appreciation with the government’s move to a legislative reform on tax.

In addition to that, “the Government is open to inputs and dialogue in this area. The Government intends to bring to Parliament the Tax Administration Bill, Customs and Excise Bill and Value Added Tax Bill,” he stated.

He stated that it might not happen in the current meeting but the next meeting of Parliament in 2020. 

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SIG Committed to working closely with private sector

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has reiterated the government’s commitment to work closely with the private sector.

Speaking during the launch of the 11th Australia and Solomon Islands Business Forum at the Heritage Park Hotel this morning, the Prime Minister stated,

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Businesses call for review of Tarriff & Utility costs amidst increase of minimum wage

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industries in representing the interests of the private sector in Solomon Islands has urged the government to reduce tarriffs and utility costs following the hundred percent increase in the legal minimum wages in Solomon Islands.

This includes a review to reduce electricity tariffs, port tariffs and in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

SICCI believes that this will help support businesses with meeting the new increased costs and help foster confidence which is vital for continued investment and expansion plans.

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SICCI hosts stakeholders’ forum on infrastructure priorities

As part of its advocacy efforts, SICCI on Wednesday 17 July 2019 hosted a stakeholders’ forum on the topic ‘Infrastructure Priorities for Private Sector’ attended by private sector representatives. They were briefed by Solomon Islands Government officials and officers of the Australian High Commission in Solomon Islands.

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SICCI welcomes commencement of undersea cable

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) welcomes the much-awaited laying of the fibre optic cable between Honiara and Sydney, Australia as part of the Coral Sea Cable System which commenced in Honiara over the weekend.

SICCI, as the peak body representing private sector in the Solomon Islands, eagerly looks forward to the completion of this national project and the positive impacts it will have on private sector and community.

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Registration opens for the 11th Australia-Solomon Islands Business Forum in Sept

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) in partnership with the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) are pleased to announce that online registration for the 11th Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum is now open.

The forum will be held in Honiara, Solomon Islands on 11 September to 12 September 2019.

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SICCI presents submission on proposed 100% increase on minimum wage

Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) has presented its submission, containing views of its members of the business community, to the Labour Advisory Board’s (LAB) review into the country’s minimum wage on Tuesday 26th June 2019.

SICCI’s submission focused on issues specifically relating to the Solomon Islands business community, to provide the LAB with a clear view of how their businesses anticipate impacts of an increased minimum wage.

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SI Gov't to limit round log exports

SIG-OPMC- Solomon Islands Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has stated the importance of a recent trip by Government officials to China was to undertake a timber trade survey.

PM Sogavare stated that the timber trade survey was important to the Ministry of Forestry as the Government prepares to implement the 50cm diameter limit for all round logs exports.

The Ministry of Forestry is part of a government team led by the Ministry of Finance and Treasury’s Economic Reform Unit that usually negotiates the determined quaterly values.

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