A wide range of national issues ranging from the economy to infrastructure development are amongst the key subjects to be discussed in the historic Australia Solomon Islands (ASI) Business Forum and Business Mission in Honiara from June 15 – 19.
Chairman of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce, Tony Koraua confirmed that preparation is well underway and they are looking forward to hosting their guests in the weeklong forum to be held at the Heritage Park Hotel.
The Forum will focus on identifying the issues which need to be addressed to improve the business enabling environment in Solomon Islands and to create sustainable economic growth.
The theme of the Forum is “Signposting The Path To Sustainable Economic Growth”.
Since 2009, the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council, in co-operation with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), has held an Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum in Brisbane.
This Forum has grown to be a major bilateral business event and attracts in excess of 100 senior political and business leaders from Solomon Islands and Australia. It has been usual for the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands to attend and speak at this Forum.
The decision to hold the Forum in Solomon Islands responds to strong support for the Forum which has been given to the events held in Brisbane by business in Solomon Islands, in particular the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and successive Solomon Islands Governments.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will deliver the keynote address and there will also be a representative from the Australian Government.
The Governor of the Central Bank of Solomon Islands, Denton Rarawa, will also give an update on the country’s economy.
Amongst one of the key issues to be discussed is: Developing A National Mineral Resources Sector: Setting The Framework.
Speakers will be speaking about models for managing the sustainability of an emerging resource sector such as is developing in Solomon Islands, including experience in other countries in providing sustainable and diverse economic value for national economic growth and for landowners benefiting from an emerging resource sector such as is developing in Solomon Islands.