Dr Transform Aqorau will be the keynote speaker at the Business Excellence Awards (BEA) 2019 set to take place on Saturday 30th November at the Coral Sea Resort and Casino.
Dr Aqorau was a former Deputy Director of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), former CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) and was recently appointed as Solomon Islands’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in New York.
Dr Aqorau has accepted an invitation by the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) to deliver the keynote address for the BEA 2019.
He will join Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and SICCI Board Chairman Jay Bartlett in delivering official remarks at the BEA under this year’s theme “Partnerships for a Shared Future”.
SICCI Chair, Jay Bartlett acknowledges Dr Transform Aqorau’s attendance noting that now more than ever, the country needs all the decision-makers from private sector, from Government and its partners working together to realise stronger economic growth.
“It is also an honour for us to be able to host one of Solomon Islands’ very own leaders who has been prominent in a sector that contributes to our island countries’ earnings over the years.”
“The BEA theme is on partnerships and to have a high calibre regional leader to speak on the theme is very important to us,” Mr Bartlett said.
Dr Aqorau is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) in Majuro, Marshall Islands. He is a board member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). Dr. Aqorau previously worked for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency as Legal Counsel and Deputy Director.
He was also Legal Advisor to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Legal Adviser and Deputy Secretary in the Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dr. Aqorau has authored various journal, magazine and newspaper articles on regional fisheries and delivered papers and addresses at international seminars and conferences spanning more than 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Papua New Guinea, a Masters of Law from the University of British Columbia in Canada and received his Doctor of Philosophy in Law from the University of Wollongong in Australia.
The Business Excellence Awards (BEA), hosted by SICCI in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government, is the only event, which recognizes the contribution of the business community to the development and sustainability of the Solomon Islands.
The BEA 2019 is already a sold-out event and for the first time those who have missed out on a ticket and Solomon Islanders at home can be part of the experience by watching the event live thanks to Telekom Television (TTV).
SICCI would like to thank 2017 BEA sponsors; Solomon Islands Government through the Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration; BRED Bank; Bank of South Pacific (BSP); Strongim Bisnis; RICOH; Our Telekom; Coral Sea Resort; Kokonut Pacific (KPSI); Guadalcanal Travel Service (GTS); SATSOL; Solomon Star; Telekom Television TTV; Solbrew; Solomon Islands National Provident Fund; Island Sun; Millicent Designs; Sullivans; YECSI; Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Ltd (GPPOL); DJ Graphics and AdKonect.