Online registry benefits region

SAMOA and Papua New Guinea (PNG) have joined the country in benefiting from the newly established online company registry. Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) private sector development initiative business law reform expert Aaron Levine fortnight ago spent time in Apia to work on the Samoan company registry to ensure it is operational. Speaking at the Pacific…

SPC and PIDF join hands for sustainable development

 (SPC), Nadi, Fiji –  The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) last week made a commitment to work together to address issues relating to sustainable development in the Pacific region. This follows the signing of a four-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) between SPC’s Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, and…

ADB supports Samoa in AgriBusiness

APIA, SAMOA – Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President Lakshmi Venkatachalam and Samoan Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi last week launched an AgriBusiness Support Project that will provide business support services and financing to agribusinesses in Samoa. “Agribusinesses provide jobs and income, so their development will play a critical role in promoting…

Western women launch savings clubs

Women in Gizo and surrounding island communities have celebrated a historic launch of their savings clubs over the weekend. The one day programme that was held in Gizo brought together more than 300 women who have participated in various activities to celebrate the first six months of their savings clubs initiative. Dr Alice Pollard who…

Rural women to benefit from micro-loan

Women of Gizo and surrounding communities in the Western prpvince will benefit from a Revolving Fund that was officially launched in Gizo last week. Director of WWF Australia made the announcement last Friday during the launching celebration of the Women Saving Club. Seven zones of women within Gizo Environment Livelihood Conservation Association (GELCA) and Nusatuva…

Gizo women celebrate in style

Women in Gizo, Western province have celebrated their historic six month old saving club last Friday in the township. With more than 500 members, the serving club has so far managed to save $84,780.14. More than 300 women consisting of seven zones within the community turned up for the celebration which featured speeches and entertainment.…

Outcome based education – reform

I would like to acknowledge John Iromea and Jay A Taunau for sharing their views on Outcome Based Education (OBE) in the past Solomon Star issues. Although looking at different representations of any curriculum reform, their discussions had provided good information with sound arguments concerning OBE reform in the Solomon Islands. I hope their discussions…

CTS’ workshop on YOUCAT

More than a hundred participants from the Catholic teachers sodality in the Archdiocese of Honiara together with teachers from different church denominations and non government schools, youth and catechists gathered at the Laura Vicuna Hostel at Henderson (Salesian Sisters) for the one week seminar on the YOUCAT from the 16th-20th June.  The YOUCAT stands for…

Waitt institute acknowledged

Government through the ministry of environment, climate change, disaster management and meteorology has thanked Waitt Institute from the United States (US) for freely offering their facilities and boat to conduct a two week of marine research in the Western province. The institute works with committed local governments and the scientific community to develop comprehensive, practical…

New species found here

New species of frogs, birds and snakes have been discovered at Borukua Island commonly known as Mary Island at the border of Western province and Russell Island. One of the local environmentalists Patrick Pikacha who accompanied a team of US scientists conducted marine research in Western province onboard   MV Plan B discovered these species during…