Telekom now locally owned

SOLOMON Telekom Company Limited is now a 100-percent locally owned company.  This came following the signing ceremony to mark the transfer of 32.58 percent shares held by Cable and Wireless Company (CWC) to Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) on Wednesday in Honiara. SINPF paid off the shares from CWC for a total of SBD$100…

Former officers demand payment

FORMER and current police officers who served at the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea border during the Bougainville conflict have demanded the government to pay their allowances before the election. The pressure group went to the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday to demand answers from the Caretaker Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo. The group urged…

Cultural Bill to AG office

A Traditional Knowledge and Expression of Culture Bill in its draft form is now with the Attorney Generals (AG) Office for consideration. Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, John Wasi, revealed this to Solomon Star this week in an interview. He said the Bill is to protect all the traditional knowledge…

MMF supports POB

MALAITA  Ma’asina Forum (MMF) has supported the move by Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) in supporting both the middle and low class Solomon Islanders on the ease to accessing financial capital. Forum president Charles Dausabea, said the bank’s provision for ease of finance to help citizens must be applauded. He said its good to see more…

New act allows gov’t to borrow wisely

In the recent media workshop, the Ministry of Finance announced that the new Public Financial Management Act will facilitate better decisions on Government Borrowing, On-lending and Guarantees. Deputy Accountant-General, Ms Merrylyn Kodoleke, said that the Act contains key elements of the Government’s Debt Management Strategy (DMS) and meets undertakings made to Honiara Club members to…

Strong call to environment enforcers

Environment law enforcers have been strongly urged to dig deep and expose dubious dealings against the environmental law in the country. DPP Ronald Bei Talasasa told local and regional participants who attended a weeklong environmental and compliance enforcement practical skills training here. Those attended include environment conservationist, infrastructure and planning officers, fisheries and forestry officers,…

Fangaria: Time to vote new members

IT is high time that Solomon Islanders, especially Malaitans vote in new Members of Parliament (MP). Outspoken former provincial member, Mambo Fangaria made the call following what he describes as a lack of performance and self serving attitudes by most of the Malaita MP’s in the 9th Parliament. “Malaita as a province has great potential…

Gov’t announces minor reshuffle of PS

GOVERNMENT has announced a minor reshuffle to Permanent Secretaries (PS) which has been made early this week. The Prime Minister after consulting the Public Service Commission (PSC) pursuant to section 128(2) of the Constitution has made the following minor reshuffle in the transfer and posting of two Permanent Secretaries, a statement from the Government Communication…