A call for the manufacture and marketing of locally made products
An article in the Solomon Star newspaper today, Wednesday, quotes Honiara business tycoon, Sir Thomas Chan, calling on any new government that will come into office following the upcoming general election in April this year to work together with international partners to assist local business houses to manufacture local products for export.
Quoting the newspaper article it went on to say:
Speaking in an exclusive interview, Sir Thomas said this is trade in partnership and development partners need to assist the national government with technical expertise to manufacture our local products for export.
“Venturing into manufacturing industry is a way forward for Solomon Islands to boost employment and stimulate the country’s economy.”
He stressed, Solomon Islands is blessed with abundant of resources, but there is a lack of skills and knowledge.
“Thus, it is critical to invite genuine investors to empower our human resources with accurate knowledge and skills.”
I totally agree with what Sir Thomas has said is needed and very much hope his sound advice will be supported with positive outcomes in the near future.
My website www.solomonislandsinfocus.com which I introduced to promote the Solomon Islands and particularly to illustrate the beautiful carved wooden bowels and other artifacts for sale has attracted many thousands of hits to the website and 18, 000 of those hits made in respect of the artifacts on display.
Future manufactured products could be promoted via the internet to attract buyers from near and far.
When I served in the Solomon Islands, now some 20 years ago, I proposed to the then government the creation of a skills workshop to teach young people how to manufacture locally made furniture but like many other suggestions I made the proposal fell on deaf ears.
Perhaps, Sir Thomas’s call for similar skills training and manufacturing of local products will get the support that is needed this time around. I hope so, but remembering that“procrastination is the thief of time.”