The Office for Commerce & Investment (OCI) is the nation’s investment and trade promotion agency with the mandate to promote and facilitate exports and investment to boost economic growth, to improve the welfare of the people. It is the first point of contact for investors exploring business opportunities in Marshall Islands, and the agency to go to for export assistance.
OCI also assists investors grow and diversify their business. It works in close collaboration with Government bodies, institutions and private sector companies, to facilitate implementation of investment projects and, more importantly, to continuously improve the investment and business climate.
It helps identify export products & services and works with exporters to market their products.
OCI has an important role of policy advocacy to continuously improve the competitiveness of Marshall Islands for investment and export growth.
OCI has wide-ranging functions & powers, designed to make it a catalyst for economic and social development. Its primary function is to “develop and implement social and economic development programs and projects” for the betterment of the economic and social conditions of the inhabitants of the Republic.
Its functions combine the roles of an investment and trade promotion agency, and a government investment corporation i.e. to encourage and develop investments and to operate business enterprises on behalf of government. It is empowered to perform its functions alone or in conjunction with other government agencies and private enterprises.
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Mr. Reimers is a director of Robert Reimers Enterprises, a large and diversified Marshallese business enterprise, including hotel, restaurant, rental car, shipping agency, property and water bottling. He was President/CEO for nearly 30 years.
He was recognized by Cambridge “Who’s Who” for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects business management.
He is also a director of Indies Trader Beran Resort Inc., a resort developer in Marshall Islands.
Mr. Reimers graduated from University of St. Ambrose, Iowa with a BS in Business Administration and Economics.
Mr. Kijiner is the President & CEO of the Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority. Previously he was Secretary of Resources & Development and held other senior government posts.
He is also a director of Marshall Islands Resort, Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority, Combined Utilities (MEC, MWSC & Kajur) and is also a member of the RMI Airlines Task Force.
He completed his undergraduate studies at California State University, Chico, and his graduate work at Hawaii Pacific University.
A lawyer, Mr. Adiniwin is the Assistant Attorney–General, Civil Division in the Ministry of Justice. Before taking up this post he was an Assistant Secretary in Ministry of Foreign Affairs responsible for multilateral affairs.
He gained his law degree from University of South Pacific. He also holds a bachelors degree in political science from Spring Hill College, Alabama.
Mr. Edward Bigler is with the RMI Ship Registry Program from the Trust Company of the Marshall Islands (TCMI).
Mr. Edward Bigler holds a Business Management Degree from Portland State University.
Mrs. Marie Milne represents the private sector and is an entrepreneur running a successful business in Majuro.
Mr. Uluilakeba has had a strong corporate career, including CEO of Investment Fiji, where he played a major role in streamlining the country’s investment process. An engineer by profession, Mr. Uluilakeba began his career in the telecommunication sector, rising from technical cadet to manager marketing in Fiji Telecom Limited.
He then joined Fiji Electricity Authority as general manager innovation, before returning to Fiji Telecom as general manager retail business.
He holds an MBA from Monash University, Australia and a Bachelor of Engineering from Brighton Polytechnic, UK.
Mr. Louie was the General Manager Customs at the Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority where he spearheaded Customs reforms.
He also worked at the Fiji Export Council as the Manager Business Development and also at the then Fiji Trade & Investment Board as Senior Projects Officer.
He holds an MBA and a BA (Economics/ Mathematics) from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji.
Mr. Heine has a strong background in management in the public sector which includes being an Assistant Secretary at the Ministry of Health for over ten years.
After being with the Government for a while, Mr. Heine went into project management where he was the project manager for the coconut replanting project funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) through the Asian Development Bank (ADB) prior to joining the OCI team.
He holds an Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Policy and Administration from Western Oregon State College and is currently finishing a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of the South Pacific (USP), Majuro campus.
Ms. Hemline Ysawa started her professional career over 20 years ago as junior statistics staff at the Economic Policy, Planning and Statistics Office, developing and building her way into Management level, assuming the post of Head of Statistics Collection Unit prior to joining the Office of Commerce and Investment.
Hemline holds an Associate Degree in Information Technology from the Southern Cross University in Australia and recently completed a Master’s Degree Program in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of the South Pacific, Majuro Campus in 2015.
Mr. Calvin has a strong background in Information Technology on software/hardware and networking, website development, and Database monitoring.
Before he joined the Office of Commerce & Investment (OCI) Mr. Calvin began his career in the Ministry of Resources and Development-R&D as a Quarantine Inspector and Information Technology and Database officer.
Mr. Calvin graduated from Palau Community College with an AS in Computer Technology Systems.
Ms. Muller began her career working as a Hotel Manager at Long Island Hotel.
After 5 years in hotel management, she joined the Office of Commerce and Investment (OCI) as an executive assistant administrator
She has successfully completed a Certificate of Tourism Promotion and Marketing at Japan International Cooperation Agency-JICA in Japan
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Mr. Paul graduated from St. Martin’s University, Washington with a BA in Business Administration and Economics.
Before joining the Office of Commerce and Investment (OCI), she was a Foreign Service Officer for the Office of Compact Implementation division under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Gained her bachelor degree in Business Administration/Management from the University of Tamkang, Taiwan.