The Minister of Finance courtesy visit to SINPF
The Minister for Finance and Treasury and Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare made a courteousness visit to Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) Headquarter on the morning of Wednesday 31st January 2018. The three hours visit was fruitful and educational for both the SINPF Board, Staff and for the Honourable Minister and his team too. There were a number of SINPF staff who never have the chance to shake hands with the former Prime Minister and have a one on one space to chat.
Upon this visit the soft spoken Minister allow space and give time to talk-stories with few of the staff and ask them questions relating to their work.
“I was very excited to shake hands with the Honourable Minister and even talk with him. I thought because of his position comparing with my position with the Fund I would never have the chance to talk with him. But I want to thank the Board, Management and the Secretary of the Board to make this happen.” Said one of the employees of the Fund.
Wilson Hano (Left), Assistant Operation Manager explains the roles of his department to the Minister as the SINPF CEO and Operation Manager Aluta Kakadi looks on.
SINPF CEO, the Hon. Minister of Finance and a member of the YouSave scheme
The Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister was welcomed by the SINPF new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr Michael Wate, who was also responsible for showing him around the office. The visiting team managed to visit all departments of the Fund with all Departmental Managers speaking for their respective departments.
The minister and his team ended the visit in the board room. He smiles as he walks into the room where he used to hold board meetings when he was a chairman of the SINPF Board. He was then given a warm welcome by the current board chairman Mr. Peter Boyers and the Secretary to the Board Ms Ruth Alepio. The CEO then did a summary presentation on the current status of the Fund and allowed time for the Minister to raise questions and comment on what was presented to him. The board then thanked the Minister for this well-timed visit and wished him well in the future.
The Honourable Minister of Finance was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance from February 1994 to October 1996. Prior to his election to Parliament, he served as the Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Director of the Central Bank of the Solomon Islands, and Chairman of the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund. He was first elected to the National Parliament from the East Choiseul constituency in the 6 August 1997 election.
It is customary once a new Finance Minister of Finance is in place the Chairman and the Board briefs the new incumbent on the current operational and financial performance of the Fund.