Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia’s E-Commerce Accelerator Program-applications now open, Solomon Islands Chamber launches new initiative and Other News.


Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia’s E-Commerce Accelerator Program – Applications now Open


Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia’s e-Commerce is constantly looking at how to improve export opportunities for businesses in the Pacific Islands.

They are excited to share with us the launch of Pacific Trade Invest (PTI), Australia’s Digital Trade and e-Commerce Accelerator programs, which will provide practical skills in e-Commerce to businesses in the Pacific Islands.

E-Commerce is rapidly changing the landscape for exporters.  It’s becoming an increasingly important way for businesses in to trade with the rest of the world and opens exciting opportunities for businesses in the Pacific Islands to connect with international markets.

Applications are now open for export ready Pacific Island businesses to apply for one of 15 places on PTI Australia’s e-Commerce Accelerator program. Each place is valued at over A$6,000.

PTI Australia’s e-Commerce Accelerator is a tailored program providing export ready businesses with one-on-one training from Coach AMZ, participants will learn about selling strategies, warehousing, supply chain and payment logistics and will be provided with support to launch their products onto Amazon Australia.

To apply simply download the application form and submit. Applications close on Friday 31st August 2018.

If you know of any export-ready businesses who are ready to take the next step into e-Commerce please share this opportunity with them.

You can also contact Jeremy Grennell, General Manager – Export PTI Australia, email [email protected] tel (612) 9290 2133 website


Solomon Islands Chamber launches new initiative


Prime Minister Honourable Rick Hou delivering the keynote address at the PM’s Breakfast event hosted by SICCI

By Andrew Fanasia, Solomon Star

THE Government and the private sector need to foster their relationship and explore opportunities to enhance cooperation with each other.

Prime Minister Rich Hou stated this when addressing the inaugural “Prime Minister’s Breakfast” event on Wednesday (27 June 2018).

Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), which represents the private sector, organised the event.

“This forum provides an important opportunity for the Government to share with the private sector its plans for development of our country,” Mr Hou said.

“As well it provides an excellent platform through which we can further cement our relationship,” he added.

Mr Houstated that the Government appreciates the important role private sector plays as the main driver for sustainable economic growth in the country.

“I have to say that we have work to do to improve Solomon Islands competitive advantage.

“As the nation prepares to celebrate its 40th Independence Anniversary, it is prudent that we as a nation pause to think strategically to set our road map for the next 40 years.

“It is critical now to be setting priorities for investment, business and economic development.”

The Prime Minister’s Breakfast Address comes at the back of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) SICCI and the Government signed on 6 July last year.

Mr Hou said the MOU is one of the strategies aimed at addressing the shortcomings of the current Trade Policy Framework in Solomon Islands.

“The MOU will pave the way for more meaningful collaboration between the Private Sector and the Government.

“It will further strengthen the Government’s policy on private sector participation and engagement in the economic development of Solomon Islands.”

Prime Minister Hou said that he was pleased to note that following the signing of that MOU a designated Advisory Group has been very active.

He said he looks forward to seeing the outcomes of the Group’s work.


Solomon Islands Government together with the private sector and other development stakeholders must work in partnership


SICCI Chair, Jay Bartlett delivering his address on behalf of SICCI and its members and the business community at the PM’s Breakfast event.

By Andrew Fanasia, Solomon Star

Speaking during the Prime Minister’s Breakfast held at the Heritage Park Hotel yesterday morning (Wednesday 27 June 2018), Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) chair Jay Bartlett’s said the country’s demographics continue to demand that government and the private sector must identify and accelerate new sources of growth and bring down unemployment.

Government together with the private sector and other development stakeholders must work in partnership to support inclusive forms of growth in this country.

He said that in order for the country to develop and progress, build buffers and resilience for disasters, the economy needs to grow, on average between 5-7% year on year.

“The recent mobilization of the youth empowerment program aimed to support and advocate young entrepreneurs in a small step in addressing a broader national issue and it is only though a partnership with a number of key ministries that we are able to do so,” Mr Bartlett’s said.

He added that 40 years of independence is a significant milestone in the country’s democracy that the nation will be celebrating but the nation must also look at development trajectory at this critical point in time.

He further said that that it is advantageous to both Government & Business that all must continue to have robust discussions on the nation’s state of affairs 40 years on.

“Successive Solomon Islands governments have recognised the important role the private sector has in supporting economic growth.”

However, government policies are not always consistent with stated government objectives, he added.

“Our actions now as the Government, private sector, and development people must support inclusive forms of growth.

“40 years on – we need to move past rhetoric, we need to turn our potential into realization.

“We need concrete actions to support the business community 40 years on my generation and the future generations need redirection not just as a theme for our Independence anniversary but because our future depends on it,” Bartlett’s said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Rick Hou applauded SICCI for taking this initiative – launching this inaugural “Prime Minister’s Breakfast Address”.


Small Business Modelling (Business Planning) Program coming up in August 2018


Loic Taga, a successful 2017 training participant and his Client Stan Antas in his new studio.

The Small Business Modelling program jointly coordinated by Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and Cann Business Enterprises of Australia will commence on Monday 6 August 2018 for its 2018 group of recipients.

The program provides training, advice and mentoring on business planning, basic bookkeeping and simple marketing subjects making them simple for the grassroots business starters. It also focuses on what to do to start a business and how to sustain simple management of a newly established small business.

The program would be facilitated by Allan and Shirley Cann who are directors of Cann Business Enterprises of Woodend, Victoria, Australia. Allan Cann has more than 25 years of experience in business at senior management level and Shirley Cann has over 30 years’ experience in office administration and business management. They have been working together with the VCCI for the last five years.

If you are a business starter interested in participating in this program, please come to register your name at VCCI Reception office, or call on 27543 or email [email protected]