Immigration hiccup

Dear Editor – Please editor allow me space to kindly call on the Director of Immigration to clearly clarify the piece of legislation regarding the issuance of entry visitor’s visa to foreigners coming to visit our country. Currently it seems to us that all sorts of advice as well as new conditions and procedures are…

Becoming self-sufficient

Dear Editor – Following up on the theme of sustaining our rural communities, I would like to share a little story with your readers which might help to encourage one or more to become self-sufficient in food production. The story begins in Vanuatu (then known as the New Hebrides) in 1972-1974 when I commanded the…

We need genuine foreign investment

TRANSPARENCY Solomon Islands is asking the question – do we have sufficient laws and policies to attract legitimate foreign investment? The Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) has announced a number of policies designed to attract new foreign investors to our shores. How can we ensure that the investors we attract will generate benefits for…

Bauxite saga raises many questions

UNDER the Mining Act, an operator is only allowed to hold three tenements at a time. Anything other than that is illegal. So why did PT Mega Bintang Borneo of Indonesia reportedly owned 11 tenements under different names but with the same directors and yet continued to be allowed to operate in the country? Surely,…

Gov’t questioned over bauxite export saga

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group has expressed grave concerns over the revelations this week of the involvement of senior Cabinet ministers in the bauxite export saga. In a statement, the Parliamentary Opposition says the revelations in the Island Sun newspaper are serious, as they border on corruption, and serious allegations of conflict of interest on the…

A changed mind-set vital to fair representation

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says a changed mindset by the entire society is integral to the process of ensuring equality in political representation in Solomon Islands. The Prime Minister made this remark on Tuesday when he opened the ‘Conference on Women’s Leadership and Political Participation’ in Honiara. He said as Prime Minister, he was profoundly…

Preparation for 8th Premiers conference underway

Preparation for the 8th Premier’s Conference is now gaining momentum as the local organising committee (LOC) and Central Coordinating committee are starting to plan and put things into action towards the event. The 8th Premier’s conference is scheduled to be held on 1st of October and will be co-hosted by the Guadalcanal Province and the…

SINU joins university network to address food security issues

Nadi, Fiji: To work and stay healthy, we all need sufficient, safe and nutritious foods through out our entire life. This week, more than 40 researchers, lecturers, teachers, and administrators from regional Universities, government ministries, and international organizations attended a workshop convened by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (TCARC), USP, PIURN and…