New SOE launched corporate plan 

The Solomon Islands Maritime Authority (SIMA) has launched its Corporate Plan as it transitioned into a self-sustaining State-owned Enterprise (SOE).

The SOE was launched today by the Deputy Minister and Minister for Infrastructure Development, Hon. Manasseh Maelanga.

Deputy Prime Minister Maelanga said the core of SIMA functions is a way forward for the country’s Maritime Governance.

“Firstly applying the rule of law and effective and efficient administration, and Secondly adopting principles of transparency, accountability, participation, and inclusion.

These are essential values to observe if we want the long-waited change in our maritime sector.”

He added this is a call for change for the Solomon Islands and its economic recovery.

“We have now the institutional framework for a modern maritime administration governing a profitable and efficient maritime sector. It is all about supporting the economic recovery and sustainable development of this country; but also to ensure all maritime operators apply our laws, prevent pollutions and ensure safety for all at sea.”

Meanwhile, SIMA Advisory Committee Chair, Joy Ririmae in her keynote address said, SIMA will create a safe and reliable maritime environment, especially in the shopping sector for the country.

“This will transform sea safety to protect customers support profitable shipping services. The need for improving shipping standards throughout the country and the covid-19 impact on the shipping sector.” 

The new SOE is initially part of the Solomon Islands Maritime and Safety Administration (SIMSA) under the Ministry of Infrastructure Development.

The Transitional Plan to change from the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA) to Solomon Islands Maritime Authority (SIMA) was introduced following a reform project from 2008 to 2010.

SIMA Act was passed in parliament, as Solomon Islands Maritime Authority bill in September 2018.

by Charley Piringi

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