6 Mar 2014

Solomons business body outlines challenges to donor organisations

12:28 pm on 6 March 2014

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry met with donor organisations to discuss the state of the private sector in the country.

Donor countries included New Zealand, Japan, Australia, China, the USA as well as the Secretariat of the Pacific Commission.

The discussions were around the security of businesses within the Solomon Islands, short and long term solutions to traffic congestion and a continued productive dialogue between the private sector and donor organisations.

The Solomon Star reports an impassioned presentation was made by its chief executive officer, Jerry Tengemoana, who outlined the recent achievements of the Chamber of Commerce, and the various challenges faced by the private sector in Solomon Islands.

Mr Tengemoana spoke from his own experience as a young boy growing up in Rennell and Bellona and the change that effective aid contributions are able to facilitate.

He stressed the need for aid that is both timely and able to address a need within a community.