SIPA CEO Colin Yow. Photo credit: SIBC.

SIPA CEO Colin Yow. Photo credit: SIBC.

The General Secretary of the Workers Union of Solomon Islands, WUSI has criticized the current Solomon Islands Ports Authority, SIPA reforms describing it as out of context according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reform program.

Tony Kagovai says SIPA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Collin Yow’s so called reforms went far off ADB’s reform proposal.

“It’s totally out from the reform program provided by the ADB in 2011 and SIPA has recruited Colin Yow to implement it. For instance, the ADB reform proposal is for 11 years and it will only cost SIPA SBD$11 million. All the activities done by Collin Yow for the last 18 months costs SIPA $27 million. The last 15 months is still yet to be assessed.”

He explains, the ADB proposal did not recommend SIPA to increase tariffs as yet.

“The ADB reform proposal does not recommend SIPA to increase its tarrif charges; secondly the ADB reform doesn’t require SIPA to sell rice, noodles or seaplanes.”

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