Future of savings clubs here

In the considered opinion of the authors, savings clubs in some form are here to stay in the Solomon Islands. In the developing world and more particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America, informal financial services like Savings Groups, Chit Funds, Rotating Savings and Credit Associations (ROSCAs) and Accumulating Savings and Credit Associations (ASCAs) co-exist…

PFIP to promote saving clubs

Pacific Financial Inclusive Program (PFIP) this year will work in partnership with non-government organisation (NGO) in Solomon Islands to (NGO) to promote women’s saving clubs. In a statement to, the organisation said, it will work closely with all NGOs to encourage and promotes women’s savings clubs.  The statement said, PFIP want to take service this…

Investors warned: Keep out from Mine site

Investors and middle-men trying to visit the shutdown Gold Ridge Mine have been told to keep out from the mine site. A chief who wishes to remain anonymous told FSII News yesterday that so far his people have recorded 5 different unknown investors and middlemen intruding into the mining lease area to take pictures of…

Mayor pleased with support

The support from business houses and the general public to comply with the 7-meter-by-law has received praised from the City Mayor. Alference Fatai in expressing his appreciation said, there has been much change around the city since the council imposed the ordinance early this week on Monday, February 2. “It is very pleasing indeed to…

Minister urged to revoke licence

THE Office of the Parliamentary Opposition is calling on the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources John Maneniaru to revoke the export license granted to Ontong Java Development Company (OJDC) to export beche-de-mer. The Opposition office urged the Fisheries Minister not to bow down to outside influence to overshadow his status as person with integrity.…

PM stands by decision

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare yesterday confirmed instructing the issuance of a beche-de-mer export licence to Dr Reginald Aipia of the Ontong Java Development Company Limited. And he said his decision is based on a recent Caucus Consensus that the Democratic Coalition for Change Government should prioritise assisting indigenous Solomon Islanders in their business endeavours. Mr…

PM makes independent decision, says Oso

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare did not seek any legal opinion from any lawyer before directing Fisheries officials to issue export permit to Ontong Java Development Company (OJDC). His press secretary, Deli Oso defended her boss after the Solomon Star reported yesterday, that Mr Sogavare sought advice from private lawyer Wilson Rano of Rano and Company…

The TRC Report and Reconciliation

DEAR EDITOR – The Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government, through its spokesman the Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, said in the last few days the Truth and Reconciliation Report will be tabled in parliament during the government’s four-year term. It is noted that substantial budgetary provisions will need to be made to address the issues…

Dengue fever warning

IT’S ‘dengue season’ in Solomon Islands and people should take action to minimize their risk of getting dengue fever. That’s the message from health authorities. Dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness that is transmitted through the bite of the dengue mosquito. “Mosquitos lay their eggs in and around water,” said said World Health Organization…