BY ALEX DADAMU
SOLOMON Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) as the representative body of the private sector, has reassured the business community that they will continue to advocate on behalf of its members for the best price possible for data and speed from the service providers in the country.
This was according to a press statement by SICCI after successfully hosting an Information Session on the Fibre Optic Cable for its members of the business community.
The statement explained that Mr. Moses Tadokata an Australian Volunteer, who is on a five-month assignment with SICCI as part of the Australian Volunteer Program to support SICCI members in identifying opportunities for their businesses with the arrival of the undersea cable, delivered the presentation on the topic.
According to Mr. Tadokata, “If businesses are to maximize the opportunities with the undersea cable, there is value in thinking through a national body responsible for the governance of the sector, developing laws and policies and creating standards for ICT use in the country.
“This body could develop standards and therefore responsibilities around the collecting, storing and processing of data by sectors such as in finance, medical and so forth. I think this has started and largely driven by the parts of the Government concerned, for example about gaps in Cyber Security.
“However, these fundamentals need to be worked on now to promote business confidence in the country,” Mr. Tadokata said.
SICCI’s Advocacy Officer, Mr. John Ta’amora, however, reiterated the assurance that SICCI will continue to represent and advocate on behalf of its members for the best price possible for data and speed.
“The price of the data and voice plans from our service providers should reflect the funding that is invested in the project,” Mr. John Ta’amora said.
The SICCI’s Advocacy Officer in the meantime admits that it might take some robust discussions, but hopefully, they can have the best price for the best speed possible within the Pacific region.
“As stakeholders, let us all advocate for better services in the information, communication and telecommunication space for better governance, and a structure that will instill confidence and security towards a progressive ICT environment in the Solomon Islands,” the SICCI Advocacy Officer, said.