Delegates look to build ties in Solomon Islands


The recently concluded 13-member Australia Pacific Business Council mission to the Solomon Islands has vetted interest among some delegates in forging business ties in the country.<!--more-->

As well as visiting businesses and meeting with businesspeople, the delegates had a first hand introduction to the political, social and economic realities of the country. Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne provided the group with a political and current issues briefing. The High Commissioner hosted an introductory cocktail reception for the mission and the group had the opportunity to meet with a wide range of guests.

<a href=""><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-5616" alt="Solomon Islands Flag" src="" width="138" height="104" /></a>The group visited a number of established businesses in several sectors during the five-day visit. Among these were Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited, the Soltuna tuna cannery at Noro in Munda in the Western Province and Kolombangara Forest Products Limited on Kolombangara Island, among others. The group also visited Gizo.

Networking opportunities were further availed of at the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted “Business at Five” reception, which a range of Solomon Islands businesspeople attended, according to a delegate.

A number of members of the mission had visited Solomon Islands previously and had their own business contacts and opportunities to explore. Most delegates were upbeat about their visit and some are looking forward to developing the business links they have forged during the recent mission.