PSC takes tough stance on tender accountability

THE Public Service Commission is expecting details of procurements from Permanent Secretaries in their annual performance this year. This is the result of complaints in media over the widespread irregularities in government tender processes. It was claimed that there was Paper Company middlemen who submit highly inflated quotes and then use genuine suppliers to actually…

PSs briefed on state of economy

PERMANENT Secretaries have been informed on the importance of procurement management and the status of the economy at Mendana Hotel on Wednesday. Ministry of Finance and Treasury and Public Service Commission organised the one day meeting to discuss the issues with the PSs. Finance permanent secretary, Harry Kuma said procurement is important because it leads…

Opposition: intervention timely

THE Parliamentary Opposition Office applauds the government for quickly resolving the Solomon Airlines issue. But the Opposition Office maintains that the government’s intervention into airlines is only proper as government owes the airlines millions of dollars as well. “As the largest creditor of the Solomon Airlines it’s only proper that the government intervenes to allow…

We can beat NZ

Toata remains optimistic HEAD coach Moses Toata says the national football team are capable of causing an upset in their final pool match against New Zealand in the OFC Nations Cup tonight in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Toata told Star Sports from PNG yesterday that it will be a crucial match for his side.…

Doctors trained in spinal surgery

ORTHOPAEDIC doctors in the Pacific region were recently trained on how to conduct spinal surgery in Honiara. This was piloted by the Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association (PIOA) in training doctors from six Pacific Island countries at the National Referral Hospital. Students come from Kiribati, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, and Solomon Islands.…

Final consultation on SEZ conducted

FINAL consultation on the Special Economic Zone Technical Expertise draft bill commenced on Thursday in Honiara. Representatives of the private sectors, Non Government Organisations and Isabel, Central, Makira and Guadalcanal Provinces have participated in the two-day workshop. Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration organised the workshop, with the aim of getting the views from…

Chainsaw training for Temotu villagers

CHAINSAW owners and operators in Temotu province have recently completed a successful skill training workshop on chainsaw overhauling & servicing, and timber milling processing. The training was held at Lata, Temotu’s provincial head quarter. Facilitating the training was the Principal Mechanical Labour Officer Nathaniel Mara from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour & Immigration (MCILI).…

ADB supports fiscal resilience growth in Tonga

NUKU’ALOFA, TONGA  – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $3 million grant and a $3 million loan to help Tonga strengthen its long-term economic growth prospects and capacity to respond to external economic shocks. “The grant and loan will fund the first of three subprograms of the ADB-supported Building Macroeconomic Resilience Program for…

MSG members told to cooperate

PORT MORESBY, (POST COURIER) – Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) members have been urged to  cooperate with each other on issues pertaining to trade and economic integration. The call was made by Papua New Guinea’s Trade Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru at the recently concluded MSG Trade Ministers’ meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Maru was…