Solomon Islands Business Forum in Honiara

WITH just over a week until business leaders, expert speakers and government officials convene in Honiara for the 9th Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum, there is still time to secure your place at the premier Australia Solomon Islands business event of the year.

Originally a one day event, the forum has expanded to two days this year in order to accommodate some 39 speakers across a range of industries and topics.

Hosted at the Heritage Park Hotel, in Honiara by the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) and the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) the forum will commence on 24 July with opening drinks hosted by the Australian High Commission and proceed with the two day forum from 25 – 26 July. The event will also feature a forum dinner on the evening of the 25th with Mr Andrew Niopara, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, speaking on approaching commemorative events marking 75 years since the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Keynote Speakers for the event are confirmed with Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, ManessahSogavare speaking on behalf of Solomon Islands Government and  Keith Pitt, Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment delivering the Australian Government Keynote Address.

Executive Director of the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council, Mr Frank Yourn said ‘the two day program is sure to provide something for everyone. The Forum will look closely at the Solomon Islands economy and business operating environment (tax, governance, investment) which are important considerations for all current and future business opportunities. Sessions on topics such as ‘Building the pathway to Sustainable Economic Growth’ and ‘The Future Law and Justice Environment Post-RAMSI’ provide a great overview of the current landscape in Solomon Islands, which is crucial knowledge for those doing business in Solomon Islands or looking to enter the market.’

The program then focuses closely on key sectors with the greatest growth potential for Solomon Islands such as Tourism, Agriculture, Infrastructure and Resources. ‘By presenting a selection of speakers for each industry session, we aim to provide in-depth analysis of the sector, challenges and opportunities, and different perspectives, including bringing to the forefront some of the success stories within these industries,’ said Mr Jay Bartlett, Chair of SICCI. ‘For example, our session on Infrastructure provides perspectives during a panel session from both Government and the private sector on powering (Solomon Islands Electricity Authority) and connecting (Our Telekom) the provinces, we also have speakers who can provide insight to major projects such as Tina River HD, Kukum Highway, the undersea cable and Pacific Games 2023.’

There is also an optional field trip to Western Solomon Islands after the Forum concludes which will provide participants with insights into business in that region of Solomon Islands.

There are still limited places left to attend the forum, so we invite all those with an interest in doing business in Solomon Islands to secure your place. Our thanks to sponsors of the event including our Diamond sponsors, ANZ, Our Telekom, Bank South Pacific and bmobile | Vodafone. You can view all details, sessions and speakers and register on the event website.