PM receives WP delegation

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare received a delegation from the Western Provincial Government yesterday morning, pledging its commitment to work with the Democratic Coalition for Change Government in implementing its policy intentions for the Western Province. The delegation led by Billy Veo, Acting Premier and Minister for Lands and Housing told the Prime Minister that the…

Gov’t policy strategy to cost $20b in four years

THE Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government’s four year budget will cost $20 billion, according to its published policy strategy handbook released during their launch on Tuesday. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted in his government’s policy statement that his government is determined to bring about positive changes. Mr Sogavare said these changes will come about…

Moves to resolve RIPEL saga

THE Sogavare led government has taken a diplomatic approach to re-solve the long drawn industrial dispute of Russell Islands Plantation Estate Limited (RIPEL) at Yandina. This came after Prime Minister Sogavare sent a delegation to meet with RIPEL general manager, John Whiteside last December to find ways of re-opening the operation. RIPEL management has fully…

Alleged bank robbers face court, remanded

FOUR men accused of participating in the $4 million Westpac Bank robbery on Monday yesterday appeared in court and were remanded. Dudley Baemalea, Patteson Amos Otokwai, Jonathan Wanefiolo and Stanley Waneakwasia appeared before a pack courtroom, with each facing one count of robbery. A fifth person, whom police described as the prime suspect, is still…

Good governance, customary land top DCC’s list

GOOD governance and customary land are the two central themes emphasized in the Sogavare’s led Democratic Coalition for Change Government’s (DCCG) policy priority programmes for the next four years. Speaking at the policy launch Tuesday, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said, the two central themes emphasized in his government’s programmes are the pursuit for good governance…

Tetere Correctional gets support

GOVERNMENT through the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) has handed over equipment to Tetere Correctional Centre. UNDP Human Security Trust Fund (HSTF) funded the equipment under the Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace. The equipment included, tables, chairs, cabinet, computer set, printer, tonors, kitchens utensils, Pprojector, A4 ctn rim papers. Speaking…

Human Rights, critical building block for good governance

Pacific Parliamentarians from 11 Pacific Island countries were reminded today that embracing the principles of human rights such as transparency, accountability, non-discrimination and participation into parliamentary systems will promote good governance and result in improved development outcomes for the region. The 23 members of Parliament are in Nadi this week attending the first day of…

Women acknowledge SIWIBA

Members of the Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) have acknowledged the association for its support in providing an avenue where they can venture into small business enterprises. This came after the association marked its 10th anniversary this week. A member Grace Rani, from Vella La Vella in Western province who became a member…