Published on : Sunday, June 25, 2017
TOURISM, the economy, law and justice post-RAMSI, investment, agriculture, business, infrastructure, governance and resources are some of the key areas which will be displayed in full swing at the upcoming 9th Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum.
The Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) in collaboration with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) are organizing the event in Honiara, Solomon Islands from July 24th till 26th.
Solomon Islands provide solid opportunities in terms of business in areas like infrastructure (a new hydroelectricity project is in prospect), services, tourism development, sustainable forestry, agri-industry and fisheries.
Side by side, it’s also a good time for mining services. Companies settling themselves for probable growth in the sectors like gold, nickel and bauxite.
The economy has grown consistently in recent years, except for a contraction in 2014 caused by devastating floods and the closure of Gold Ridge mine.
In 2015, it grew by 2.9 percent and even further by 3.2 percent in last year, with prediction showing an expected growth of 3.0 percent this year. The managers of the forum say now is the best time to spend in Solomon Islands as 2017 is bringing you a packed programme over two days at Honiara’s Heritage Park Hotel.
This event welcomes together senior corporate and government decision makers from both Australia and Solomon Islands, and invited guest speakers include Manessah Sogavare MP, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands and Hon Keith Pitt MP, Australian Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.