The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) hosted its annual Small Medium Enterprise (SME) training workshop from 26-27 August 2019 for small businesses in and around Honiara.

The two-day training event was planned to help these businesses in practical and growth-oriented ways.

The seventeen (17) participants benefited from sessions like ‘Hiring that first worker’; ‘Developing a business web presence’; ‘Cyber security for businesses’ and ‘Accessing SME-specific Finance’.

The training workshop was supported by Solomon Telekom Ltd and Solomon Post.

Small businesses are the backbone of the Solomon Islands economy as they provide services and goods or products all over the country and provide much needed employment.

These businesses make up close to 70% of SICCI’s membership.

SICCI’s Membership and Services Officer, Ms Naomi Mara says efforts to build required infrastructure, ensuring good governance and providing social welfare for our citizens should be accompanied by strengthening of SMEs.

“SMEs can contribute significantly to our country’s overall development. An efficient private sector can contribute, both directly and indirectly, to addressing high rate of unemployment, generating tax revenue, increasing wealth, and overall, contributing to a stronger nation.

“As such, advocating for an enabling environment where more SMEs are set-up, and helping existing SMEs by building their capacity through trainings like this, is vital to economic development in the country,” Ms Mara, who organized the training workshop, said.

“Participants’ early feedback have been overwhelmingly positive. They appreciated having access to the different specialists in HR, IT, company law, and especially from the Central Bank in the one training event.

“Lessons from this approach in delivering short sessions on each topic, will inform what the Chamber develops for its training calendar next year, 2020,” Ms Mara added.

SICCI acknowledges the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration (MCILI), Central Bank of Solomon Islands, Pasifiki HR, Positive Development, Law Corporation, Credit Corporation Solomon Islands and Breadfruit Consulting for being generous partners for the 2019 SME training workshop.

Sponsors to the 2019 SME Training were Solomon Post and Solomon Telekom.

-SICCI Media