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Obstacles facing People with Disabilities2 min read


In a very much appreciated local initiative, the The Australian Government promoted, Strongim Bisnis hosted a business networking event this week to celebrate the contribution that People Living With Disability (PLWD) make in the labour market.

The event was held in collaboration with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) on 6 December 2019. The event focused on a panel discussion about the obstacles PLWD face in seeking employment or running businesses. It also highlighted the contributions PLWD make to the economy as business owners, and the benefits businesses may experience when they employ PLWD.

Quoting details of the event, as published in the Solomon Times on Line, Tuesday, 10 December 2019, the story read:

“Panellists included representatives of People with Disabilities Solomon Islands, Jabis Ngibutai and Sussie Dete and Principal of Bethesda, Gideon Row. The panel also involved employers of PLWD such as General Manager for Kokonut Solomon Islands, Bob Pollard and General Manager for M&J Enterprise, Mary Elizabeth Ramosaea. In addition, PLWD were invited to share their experiences with the audience.

“The aim of the evening was to showcase the important contribution PLWD make when engaged in the workforce, and to discuss ways to overcome obstacles that may prevent this engagement. Australian High Commission Second Secretary for Economics, Cass Grant said “The Australian Government promotes disability inclusion as part of its international development program. We are pleased to partner with the Solomon Islands Government to support disability inclusiveness.”

“Over 100 people attended the evening, which was held as part of SICCI’s series of industry networking events called “Business After 5”. Strongim Bisnis concluded the evening with a challenge to the business community. It challenged entrepreneurs to start up or run existing businesses that employ or support PLWD to engage in the labour market. In return, Strongim Bisnis would consider those businesses for specialised mentoring and business support to help the businesses succeed.

“Strongim Bisnis is an Australian Government funded program that supports growth in the tourism, cocoa and coconut sectors with a strong focus on supporting PLWD, women and youth”.

Source: Strongim Bisnis

Yours sincerely

Frank Short



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Frank Short is British with Australian citizenship. He served as the Commissioner of Police in the Solomon Islands from 1997 to 1999. In early 2014 he launched his charitable website - www.solomonislandsinfocus.com - to aid worthy causes in the Solomon Islands, especially the national medical services, the disabled, women's organizations and those suffering from domestic and family violence. He was appointed CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, 1999. Detailed bio on http://www.solomonislandsinfocus.com/about-frank-short.html


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