TOP DOWN BUDGET

• 2021 Budget into 2nd reading • SIEA tariff rates reduction by May    THE government had decided to guide the development of the 2021 budget from a ‘top-down approach.  Minister for Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma said this when he delivered the 2021 Budget speech in the parliament, Tuesday. “Let me now turn to…

INDUSTRY HIT HARD

Govt takes steps to promote domestic tourism   THE Government through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism is taking steps to help keep the ailing tourism industry in the country afloat which has been battered by COVID-19 travel restrictions for the past 12 months. As such the government is scouting for solutions through its ‘re-direction…

China engineers arrive Tuesday

TWENTY-four (24) engineers from China will arrive in the country today to help construct the new fourth University of the Pacific (USP) campus in Honiara. This has been confirmed by the Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr. Jimmy Rodgers last week during a radio talk-back show at the national radio broadcaster. Dr. Rodgers said this…

FACEBOOK ‘CENSORSHIP’ LOOMS

Government will soon monitor ‘fake’ FB users   The Ministry for Communication and Aviation will soon closely monitor fake Facebook account users in Solomon Islands, as soon as the formal arrangement with Facebook Company is set. This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary (PS) for Communication and Aviation, Moses Virivolomo when his team appeared before…

Illegal Bech-de-mer harvesters nabbed

OFFICERS of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the Central Police Station in Honiara City assisted officials of the Ministry of Fisheries have arrested two suspects at the Honiara domestic wharf, Wednesday this week for illegal harvesting of beche-de-mer. Provincial Police Commander Honiara City Superintendent John Matamaru says, “Fisheries officials called police to…

$45M LOSS

Solomon Airline faces big lose in revenue   NATIONAL flag carrier Solomon Airlines will lose SBD$45 million dollars this year as COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect their operations. This was revealed by Solomon Airlines senior board member Bob Pollard during the 2021 Appropriation Bill 2021 inquiry on Tuesday. The inquiry was conducted by the Public…