The Solomon Islands government, through the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour & Immigration provided funding to SIWIBA for the hosting of its first ever SIWIBA Mini Trade Fair from 4th to 8th July 2016 leading up to its Awards Night on 9th July 2016.
Amount provided was $225,000.00 following an approved budget and proposal to the Ministry of Commerce. The amount was utilized purposely for the running of the show.
A full report including acquittal and narrative was presented to the Ministry on Friday 12th August 2016. The funding support was received on behalf of the Ministry by Director (Ag) Marketing and Export Promotion Division, Ms. Donnalee Vozoto. The report was handed over to Ms. Vozoto by the Chairlady of the SIWIBA Mini Trade Fair, Mrs. Pamela Zoleveke and Vice Chairlady Mrs. Ethel Saelea.
Mrs. Zoleveke thanked the Ministry and the government of Solomon Islands for funding the Trade Fair.
She highlighted that it is the first time for SIWIBA to receive such huge funding from the government for such undertaking.
“This is an indication that SIG has confidence in SIWIBA. We hope the Ministry will continue to work alongside SIWIBA in fulfilling programs, particularly in the area of trade, to further enhance members participation in the country’s economy. In return, this will help to raise members and their families’ standard of living. This will also further raise members’ confidence in themselves.”
Mrs. Zoleveke adds that this help is much appreciated by SIWIBA members whose participation in markets helped to also raise funds to continue sending their children to school and meeting their families’ daily household needs.