SIPA vows to take on PM’s independence challenge

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SIPA Chairman Billy Titiulu

The Board of Solomon Islands Ports Authority (“the Board”) has taken on the Prime Minister’s challenge to move the Solomon Islands to newer heights. 

The Chairman of the Board, Billy Titiulu made the statement on behalf of the Board in an audience with the Prime Minister on Tuesday, 11th July 2017. 

“We have heard the Prime Minister’s call to move this country forward through his Independence message and have now come to pledge our support to the Democratic Coalition for Change Government.

“Having declared earlier this year a profit of SBD121million, the Board has agreed to embark on innovative projects to ensure that our Port competes on a regional and international platform.

“The message by the Prime Minister is a timely call and we the Board of Ports feel that it is our duty to take on this challenge.

“We must in our own unique ways take on this important challenge and in turn take our nation to new heights,” Mr Titiulu added.

“The Board has now commenced preliminary discussions for a possible long term partnership arrangements with development partners to ensure that these visions of Ports come into fruition.

The Board now further seeks the Government’s support to continue these discussions in this quest,” Mr Titiulu said.

Mr Titiulu further stated that upon completion of the discussions, the Board will be informing the Prime Minister as Minister responsible and the general public on the investment plans that Ports will be undertaking.

In response, the Prime Minister thanked the Board for taking the initial step to accept the challenge.  He stated that the Government welcomes new strategies that will allow growth and will provide the necessary support to Ports in its endeavour. 

The Prime Minister further stated that he is hopeful that other State Owned Enterprises will also take up the challenge just as the Board has done.

  • PM’s Press Secretariat