Solomon Islands gears up for Brisbane business meet


As well as businesspeople and a government contingent, the Solomon Islands will be sending cultural performers to participate in the Australia Solomon Islands Business Council convention in Brisbane next week.<!--more-->


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One of these cultural attractions will be the Hagelulu panpipers from Isabel province, who have been featured in so many television travel shows about the Solomon Islands. This is the first overseas outing for the group of 12 performers, who will promote their local culture in road shows over this weekend in Brisbane. The group’s last high profile performance was for the British Royals when they visited the islands last month.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo will be the keynote speaker while Gane Simbe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of the Solomon Islands, will also speak at the meet, which takes place on October 19 at the Traders Hotel in Brisbane.

Over the past few years, the Solomon Islands has attracted international investor interest primarily in its natural resources sector, particularly from countries like Australia, China and Papua New Guinea. Investor interest continues to rise in these sectors besides fishing, telecommunications, agribusiness (particularly timber), construction and infrastructure development.

Several representatives of these sectors including senior Solomon Islands Government officials will make presentations at the one-day event.