SICCI pays courtesy call to Solomon Power CEO

SICCI pays courtesy call to Solomon Power CEO
Monday 15 March, Honiara – Board representatives of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) on Thursday 11 March paid a courtesy visit to the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Solomon Power, Mr Donald Kiriau.
The SICCI Board led by Chairman, Mr Jay Bartlett took the opportunity to personally acknowledge Mr Kiriau on his appointment describing it as a huge achievement for emerging leaders in Solomon Islands.
Discussions highlighted opportunities for development and infrastructure investments which would play a big role not only on economic development but also recovery driving the country out of the economic contractions we are currently experiencing.
Chairman, Mr Bartlett also highlighted during the meeting that with all these expected infrastructure developments, the Chamber has been pushing for standards and legislations to be in place to ensure that any investments meet certain standards to safe guide us as a country.
Mr Bartlett said the energy sector plays a critical role the country’s economy and that Mr Kiriau’s role as CEO is key.
“SICCI is a willing partner and looks forward to working with you and support you moving forward,” Mr Bartlett assured the Solomon Power CEO.
“Our interest as a Chamber is in ensuring the economy is able to move forward, progress and to create employment for ordinary Solomon Islanders,” he added.
Mr Kiriau thanked the SICCI Board for paying him a courtesy visit and assured that after significant reforms Solomon Power is in a good position to drive its major infrastructure projects with an operational strategy that enables the State-Owned Enterprise to be sustainable.
Mr Kiriau updated the SICCI Board on Solomon Power’s various projects for rural electrification including the Tina Hydro Project on Guadalcanal, and multiple projects around the provinces supported by our development partners.
“Solomon Power is balancing the act of reducing tariffs to customers particularly in Honiara City while also being able to expand our activities to all the provinces.
“I look forward to working with SICCI, as the peak body representing private sector in the Solomon Islands both in terms of tariffs which affects business operations and in terms of projects activities which inter impact our work,” he said.
SICCI acknowledges the CEO’s readiness to collaborate with the private sector and looks forward to a reduction in tariffs for domestic, commercial and industrial customers later this year.
“For the Chamber partnership is the key. We want to work with all our stakeholders and focus on policy and outcomes. We come from different sectors but at the end of the day we all want the same thing. We all want progress, we all want development and better livelihood for everyone,” SICCI Chairman, Mr Bartlett, said.