The Private Sector is holding a one-week mini-trade-show in Honiara starting on Monday, which will also coincide with the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF).
The trade show is hosted in collaboration with the Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA), Small and Medium Enterprise Council (SMEC) and Solomon Islands Small Business Enterprise Centre (SISBEC).
The one-week trade-show is part of the PIDF programme in Honiara to allow micro, small and medium enterprises to showcase their products to locals, regional and international visitors during the PIDF Summit.
Thirteen Charter member leaders and more than 40 countries around the world will be participating in the Forum which will be held at the Mendana Hotel from 12-13 July.
Chairman of the Private Sector Sub-Committee Leliana Firisua said this is a great opportunity for the small and medium businesses to display their products to the PIDF delegates and also to Solomon Islanders.
He said Solomon Islands needs to create an entrepreneurship state, allowing the country to become innovative.
In doing so, Mr Firisua said the country would create jobs meeting the fast dropout from primary, secondary and tertiary learning institutions.
“It is the wish of such organsations to create awakening in the minds of our fellow Solomon Islanders to think positive by thinking entrepreneurship. It is our dream to see Solomon Islands becoming a start-up nation in the Pacific region,” he said.
Through the assistance of the government and the private sector, SIWIBA is able to keep some of its key players during its show last week to participate in next week’s mini trade show.
Mr Firisua commended the participation of the private sector to the PIDF Summit through the support from various companies.
He also thanked the churches throughout the country for their support towards the PIDF programme by allowing awareness talks to happen in their churches.
Meanwhile one of the local products that will be on show is honey produced SISBEC. Over the years, SISBEC has trained many Solomon Islanders who have gone to become successful businessmen and women.
Monday’s Private Sector Mini Trade Show will be opened by PIDF Deputy Secretary General Penijimani Lomaloma.