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Underlining its commitment to the future of Solomon Islands tourism, the National Fisheries Development Ltd (NFD) will take a major role in the Our Telekom National Tourism Forum at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara today.
National Fisheries Development, general manager, Frank Wickham, one of several keynote speakers addressing the more than 200 delegates in attendance, said his organisation related strongly to the underlying rationale and intent of the forum.
“We have long recognised the role tourism plays as a key factor for a sustainable economy for the Solomon Islands,” Mr Wickham said.
“The NFD sees solid compatibility with and has always aligned with the principle of sustainability in the fishing and tourism industries for the benefit of the Solomon Islands.
“And we believe that all stakeholders in the tourism and the fishing industry, particularly the national government and the private sector, need to work together constructively to implement appropriate sustainability measures to position the industry strongly to benefit future generations.
Mr Wickham went on to say that both organisations have always had great potential to work together in providing a sustainable source of revenue and livelihood for the people and government of the Solomon Islands.
“Both rely on a sustainable use of natural resources, a conducive enabling environment and share strong partnerships with the government and the private sector,” he said.
“Add to this, both industries also have great potential to generate beneficial multiplier effects for the country’s economy.
“We are delighted to play a key role in this critically timed event.”
Director of Tourism and chairman of the Our Telekom National Tourism Forum planning committee, Barney Sivoro said the NFD’s strong show of support was a major and extremely welcome boost for the event.
“Once again we have a wonderful example of where a key component of our country’s economic backbone has recognised that via a combination of resources, two sectors perceived in some quarters as being diverse, can together achieve very realistic and tangible benefits for our ultimate stakeholders, the people of the Solomon Islands,” he said.