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12th Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum

Apr 2023
18th
08:00 AM
Plaza Room P1, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Cnr Merivale & Glenelg Streets South Bank Brisbane Queensland Australia

Sessions

Time
Session
Duration
Cost
7:30 AM
  • BSP REGISTRATION DESK Open

    Delegate arrival and check in desk, sponsored by Bank South Pacific.

    Lanyards sponsored by Smec International

    2 hours
  • Hall Contracting Arrival Refreshments

    Informal stand up breakfast sponsored by Hall Contracting.

    1 hour
8:30 AM
  • SESSION ONE

    WELCOME TO DELEGATES:

    Mr Ian Clarke, President, Australia Pacific Islands Business Council.
    Ms Qila Tuhanuku, Chairman, Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    AUSTRALIAN AND SOLOMON ISLANDS GOVERNMENT KEYNOTE ADDRESSES.

    The Hon Manasseh Maelanga, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure Development of Solomon Islands.
    Senator The Hon Tim Ayres, Assistant Minister for Trade, Government of Australia.

    THE SOLOMON ISLANDS ECONOMY:

    Dr Luke Forau, Governor, Central Bank of Solomon Islands.
    Dr Kishti Sen, Economist, ANZ Banking Group.

    The Hon Manasseh Maelanga

    Before entering into Politics, he is a Senior Police Officer He was elected into National... More

    Senator The Hon Tim Ayres

    Tim Ayres is the Assistant Minister for Trade and Assistant Minister for Manufacturing in the... More

    Dr Kishti Sen

    Kishti is an accomplished Senior Economist providing best-in-class decision making support. As... More

    Dr Luke Forau

    Mr. Luke Forau is the Governor of the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) and the Chairman of... More

    1.5 hours
10:20 AM
  • Reeves International MORNING TEA
    30 mins
10:50 AM
  • SESSION TWO

    MAXIMISING BENEFITS FROM PACER PLUS

    Mr Roy Lagolago, PACER Plus Implementation Office, Apia.
    Mr George Tuti, Solomon Islands Consul General to Queensland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade.

    TRADING AND LOGISTICS: UNDERSTANDING AND CONFRONTING THE CHALLENGES:

    Mr Toby Griffiths, Country Manager Australia, Swire Shipping Limited
    Mr Chris Peters, Director, Pacific Tug, Brisbane.
    Mr Luke Jackson, Pacific Islands International, Townsville.

    Mr Chris Peters

    Chris is a founding Executive Director and the Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Tug Group.... More

    Mr Luke Jackson

    Luke Jackson is a Senior Export Manager for Pacific Islands International. He manages the... More

    Mr Roy Lagolago

    Roy Lagolago is the Head of Secretariat for the PACER Plus Implementation Unit and Labour... More

    Mr Toby Griffiths

    Toby Griffiths has worked in international shipping, focusing on the Pacific, for the past 10... More

    1.42 hours
12:15 PM
  • Bred Bank LUNCH
    1.08 hours
1:20 PM
  • SESSION THREE

    INVESTING FOR GROWTH IN SOLOMON ISLANDS:

    Mr Eric George, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration.
    Ms Sially Ngum Turanga, Deputy Director Foreign Investment, Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration.
    Mr Mike Wate, CEO/GM, Solomon Islands National Provident Fund.
    Ms Aicha Sow, Senior Operations Officer – Australia New Zealand and Pacific Islands, International Finance Corporation.

    CREATING VALUE FOR COMMUNITIES: BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS AND GROWING CAPACITY:

    Mr Simon Gorman, Managing Director, Reeves International.
    Mr Daniel Tucker, Manager Solomon Islands, KramerAusenco.

    Mr Jay Bartlett, Managing Director, Hatanga Limited, Solomon Islands.
    Mr Malcolm Devin, General Manager, By Group Limited.

    Ms Aicha Sow

    Aïcha Sow is a Senior Operations Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in... More

    Mr Daniel Tucker

    Daniel Tucker is a former Solomon Islands Chamber Commerce and Industry (SICCI) Board Member and... More

    Mr Jay Bartlett

    Jay Bartlett is the Managing Director at Hatanga Ltd, a local construction company based in the... More

    Mr Malcolm Devin

    Malcolm Devin along with 3 other Indigenous directors started BY Group in 2014. BY Group... More

    Mr Michael Wate

    Mr. Wate is the current CEO of the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF).  Prior... More

    Mr Simon Gorman

    Simon is a construction professional who  has managed projects across the world He has... More

    2 hours
3:20 PM
  • Pacific Islands International AFTERNOON TEA
    40 mins
3:30 PM
  • SESSION FOUR

    AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE: CURRENT PROJECTS AND PIPELINE:

    COL Paul Wright CSC, Director of Infrastructure, IPACE, Department of Defence.

    PACIFIC GAMES: NOVEMBER 2023.

    Mr Peter Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Solomon Islands Games Organising Committee

    AUSTRALIA AWARDS: MAKING A DIFFERENCE:

    Ms Ann Cheffers, On-award Enrichmen and Alumni Engagement Coordinator, Australia Awards Solomon Islands.

     

    Ms Annie Cheffers

    Annie (Ann) supports Australia Awards scholars and alumni to enhance their professional... More

    COL Paul Wright CSC

    FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) Eng Exec BCivEng (Hons), MEngSc (Proj Mngt), MA... More

    Mr Peter Stewart

    With over thirty years’ senior management experience in large scale, high profile, global... More

    1.5 hours
5:30 PM
  • FORUM DINNER

    Kramer Ausenco COCKTAILS from 5:30pm

    followed by Trade & Invest QLD FORUM DINNER at 7:00pm. 

    Guest Speaker: Ms Leata Alaimoana, QLD Trade Commissioner for the Pacific, Trade and Investment Queensland.

    Leata Alaimoana

    An accomplished executive with extensive Australian and international experience in leadership,... More

    4.5 hours
Time
Session
Duration
Cost
9:00 AM
  • SESSION FIVE

    DEVELOPING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH:

    Mr Albert Kabui, Special Secretary, Offic eof the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Solomon Islands.
    Mr Ian Gooden, General Manager, Solomon Water.
    HE Mr Rod Hilton, Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands.
    Mr Eranda Kotelawala, Chief Executive Officer, Solomon Islands Ports Authority.

    DEVELOPING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH: DONOR PIPELINES:

    Mr Rob Jauncey, Chief Operations Officer, Australia Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific. (AIFFP) 
    Mr Matthew Hodge, Deputy Regional Director, Asian Development Bank.
    Ms Annette Leith, Country Representative, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, World Bank.
    Ms Lorena Estigarribia, Senior Technical Assistance Officer, Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility. (PRIF)

    Mr Albert Kabui

    Albert Maeraga Kabui is the current Special Secretary to the Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh... More

    Ms Annette Leith

    Ms. Annette Leith is the World Bank’s Representative for Country Offices in Solomon... More

    Mr Eranda Kotelawala

        Eranda Kotelawala was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Islands Ports... More

    Mr Ian Gooden

    Ian is a Chartered Professional Engineer with over 25 years civil engineering and management... More

    Ms Lorena Estigarribia

    Lorena has extensive experience developing infrastructure investment plans across economic and... More

    Mr Matthew Hodge

    Matt is a development economist who has spent the last 10 years working for the Asian... More

    Mr Robert Jauncey

    Rob Jauncey is the Chief Investment Officer for the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility... More

    HE Mr Rod Hilton

    Mr Hilton is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was... More

    2.17 hours
11:10 AM
  • Pronto Software MORNING TEA
    40 mins
11:50 AM
  • SESSION SIX

    SOLOMON ISLANDS WOMEN IN BUSINESS:

    Ms Namoi Kaluae, Co-Founder, Adkonect and Pacific Tenders.
     

    OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN DEVELOPING SOLOMON ISLANDS TOURISM:

    Mr Bunyan Sivoro, Permanent Secretary, Solomon Islands Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
    Mr Dagnal Dereveke, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Solomon Islands.
    Ms Belinda Botha, Operations Director, Dive Munda.

    Ms Belinda Botha

    Multi-award winning entrepreneur, senior strategic People professional, consultant and business... More

    Mr Bunyan Sivoro

    Mr Sivoro has been a career civil servant in the Public Service of Solomon Islands for the past... More

    Mr Dagnal Dereveke

    Hailing from Choiseul Province in the north-west of the Solomon Islands, Dagnal Dereveke has... More

    Ms Namoi Kaluae

    Namoi is a passionate entrepreneur and a leader in the Solomon Islands business community. She... More

    1.17 hours
1:00 PM
  • Swire Shipping LUNCH
    1.33 hours
2:20 PM
  • SESSION SEVEN

    GROWING SOLOMON ISLANDS AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES:

    Mr Lotte Vaisekavea, Permanent Secretary, Solomon Islands Ministry for Agriculture and Livestock.
    Mr Rick Mollman, Project Manager, Bina Harbour Project Office, Johnstaff International Development.
     

    Mr Lottie Vaisakavea

    Lottie Vaisekavea is the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock in... More

    Mr Rick Mollmann

    Rick is a senior project manager with more than 20 years’ experience. His current role... More

    40 mins
3:00 PM
  • AFTERNOON TEA
    40 mins
3:40 PM
  • SESSION EIGHT

    DEVELOPING RESOURCE PROJECTS FOR NATIONAL ECONOMIC BENEFIT:

    Ms Krista Jacob-Tatapu, Director of Mines, Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification
    Mr Geoff Hiller, Director and CEO, Pacific Nickel Mines.
    Mr Erik Andersen, Partner, Dentons. Best practice for developing an effective resource sector.

    SOLOMON ISLANDERS IN THE AUSTRALIAN LABOUR MARKET:

    Mr Bob Pollard, Managing Director, Pasifiki HR.

    CONCLUDING REMARKS.

    Mr Bob Pollard

    Born and raised in the Solomon Islands, Bob Pollard, the Managing Director of Pasifik HR and... More

    Mr Erik Andersen

    Erik has been practising in PNG since 1990 and is regarded as being amongst the most experienced... More

    Mr Geoff Hiller

    Geoff has extensive experience in engineering, project management and mining finance. Prior to... More

    Mrs Krista Jacob-Tatapu

    Krista Jacob-Tatapu is the Director of Mines, a Division within the Ministry of Mines, Energy... More

    1.33 hours
5:00 PM
  • CLOSING DRINKS
    2 hours