SICCI Home page. Photo credit: SIBC.

SICCI Home page. Photo credit: SIBC.

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) has commended the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) for setting up a tariff review Committee – the first of its kind to include and engage the private sector.

The Committee consist of members from SIPA, representatives from the private sector through and an official from the Economic Reform Unit (ERU) in the Ministry of Finance and Treasury.

A statement from SICCI said the Committee will review the current Ports tariff and will make recommendations to the SIPA Board for possible changes to be made and implemented as of 1st October 2016.

It said SICCI will be represented by board member Andrew Kerr, General Manager of the Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL).

Meanwhile, SICCI Chief Executive Officer Dennis Meone commended SIPA’s commitment to include the private sector in the review.

He said the initiative indicates both the Government and SIPA board’s willingness to liaise with the broader business community.

The Committee is expected to have its first meeting next month.

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