AN innovative mentoring program, pairing successful private sector leaders with emerging leaders in the justice and corrections sector, was launched last week.
The mentoring program is a collaborative partnership between the Solomon Islands Government and the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), and is supported by the Australian Government’s Solomon Islands Justice Program.
The program, called “People’s Ability to Lead”, provides structured training to selected emerging leaders in the justice sector, and pairs them with private sector mentors.
Speaking at the launch, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs (MJLA), Ethel Sigimanu, described how crucial leadership was to the justice sector.
PS Ethel noted she could see many leadership qualities already in her staff and how the role of good leadership is to nurture those qualities further.
PS Sigimanu said how pleased she was to see the mentoring program grow out of a partnership with SICCI.
This sentiment was echoed by the Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Roderick Brazier, who noted this was a further example of the Australian government supporting the private sector and Solomon Islands Government to work together.
Mr Brazier said that leadership is a skill that transcends sectors and noted how this program complemented the other support Australia provided to the justice sector. He thanked the mentors for volunteering their time.
SICCI’s Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Meone, thanked MJLA and Correctional Services Solomon Islands for taking the initiative to collaborate with the private sector, saying it paves the way for ongoing leadership training initiatives and is a model for learning for both public and private sector.
He added that the relationship reinforces the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Government and SICCI last year, which created a platform for partnership and relationship building.