Solomon Islands Planning ‘Trade Show For NGOs’

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Civil Society to strengthen relations with government, public

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, May 20, 2015) – The Development Services Exchange (DSE) over the past months had gathered non-government organisations (NGOs) together and established a committee for the civil society organizations (CSO) open day, in other words, a trade show for NGOs.

This three days event is scheduled to kick off next week from Tuesday 26th May to Thursday 28th of May.

This is the second of planned annual CSO open day event supported by Oxfam Solomon Islands.

The aim is to strengthen links and relationships between CSOs and the national government in Solomon Islands. It is also an avenue for the public to be aware of the work of civil societies in the country.

The CSO open day will include interesting activities organized by various international, national, community based and church-based organizations including an official opening program, band performances, information sharing, games and many other fun activities for the public.

DSE General Secretary Nancy Jolo during the first meeting said, having these kinds of events open up space and opportunities for civil societies to have meaningful dialogue and communicate development ideas with the national government, private sectors and partners.

"It is also an opportunity for the public to better understand roles that different NGOs play in the development of the country and at the same time, having fun in a friendly space."

Also speaking on behalf of the committee, event coordinator Neil Nuia expressed his appreciation to supporters of the event. "This year’s theme is about strengthening collaboration between development partners including our national government, private sectors, NGOs, donors and communities.

"So far, we have support coming in from Bmobile/Vodafone, Solbrew providing soft drinks, transportation support from Live & Earn and People with Disabilities Solomon Islands (PWDSI).

The committee is made up of representatives from Save the Children, Oxfam, SIPPA, Live & Learn, PWDSI, READ Solomon Islands, SIIPHRA, The Bahai Faith, SIDT, World Vision, Vois Blo Mere Solomons and DSE.

They were identified and chosen based on the expertise and sectors they represent.

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