Appointment of New Commissioner
The Minister for Communications and Aviation, Hon. Andrew Hanaria announced the appointment of Mr Bernard Hill, as the next Telecommunications Commissioner. Mr Hill will take up his appointment on 16 June.
As the Telecommunications Commissioner, Mr Hill will be responsible for the liberalisation and regulation of the telecommunications sector and for the management of the Telecommunications Commission.
Announcing Mr Hill’s appointment, the Minister said:
“The telecommunications industry is important to the future economic growth and stability of the Solomon Islands. The Telecommunications Commission has a challenging goal to ensure that Solomon Islanders have access to a wide array of affordable and high quality telecommunications services. I am delighted that Mr Hill has accepted the challenge and I value the experience and expertise he will bring to the role."
Under the Telecommunications Act, the Minister must approve and make the appointment of the Telecommunications Commissioner based on a recommendation from the Evaluation Committee. Chairman of the Evaluation Committee, Denton Rarawa, the Governor of the Central Bank, noted:
"We carried out a global search for a new Commissioner and also advertised the post locally. Around ninety people were considered. The Evaluation Commitee was unanimous in proposing Mr Hill for the role and we look forward to working alongside him in promoting the development of the telecommunications sector in this country.
The Minister also applauded the work of the outgoing Commissioner, Nicholas Williams:
“Mr Williams was responsible for establishing the Telecommunications Commission and putting in place an effective and independent Commission. He has overseen the introduction of liberalisation in the telecommunications market. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Williams for his valuable contribution to the Solomon Islands.”
Mr Hill is currently the senior partner in Certari Consulting, a Hong Kong based consultancy. He was formerly Head of Competition Affairs at Hong Kong’s Telecommunications Authority, until the end of 2009, and was responsible for telecommunications regulation, interconnection issues and consumer protection measures. He has more than thirty years’ experience in economic regulation and competition law, is a former senior partner in one of New Zealand’s leading law firms and has worked in Government.
Mr Hill will be accompanied by his wife and son.