New Homestay for Puapuma

Tourists who will visit Puapuma village at Bugotu District in Isabel province will no longer be facing accommodation difficulties. This was made possible through the ministry of culture and tourism (MCT) which funded the project last year. On Saturday the minister for culture and courism Samuel Manetoali together with the Solomon Islands visitors bureau (SIVB)…

Farmers’ conference this week

Kastom Gaden Association (KGA) is organising a conference for its farmers in the country this week. The four days conference will see local farmers are from Isabel, Malaita, Makira, Choiseul, Western and Guadalcanal provinces coming together to share their experiences and learn new ideas from each other. Plant Material Network coordinator Thecla Limai said the…

Isabel passes budget, tourism has share

Isabel province has passed its $19 million 2014 development and recurrent budget during the last month assembly meeting in Buala which also included tourism budget for Isabel province. This was revealed by Isabel Premier James Habu during a courtesy call by Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) officials at his office last Friday in Buala. Mr…

Regional growth

THE economic partnership agreement for Pacific-African Caribbean Pacific (PACP) states has great potential to bring about growth and development for the region, says Secretariat of the Pacific Community deputy director general Fekita ‘Utoikamanu. Speaking at the PACP trade and fisheries meeting in Suva last week, she said, 2013 was one of the most challenging years…

PNG growth

PAPUA New Guinea is fast emerging as a serious contender for international events, says PNG chamber of commerce and industry president John Leahy. Following the announcement by the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation that the 2016 Trade Pasifika event would be held in Port Moresby, Mr Leahy said the show would help bolster a positive…

$2.2b assistance from EU

THE European Union has provided euro 845.5million ($F2.2billion) worth of development assistance to the Pacific region from 2008-2013. And according to Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific ambassador Andrew Jacobs, euro 68.5m ($F173m) was dedicated specifically to supporting regional integration through trade. “This is likely to continue to be a focus for EU…

Doctor: Health trumps wealth

MONEY is not important when it comes to people’s health, says Chinese Medical and Acupuncture clinic owner Dr Sue Ho. Dr Sue’s clinic in the Capital City has been in business for the past three years and according to her, people are aware of her low fee and many had come in for treatment. “On…

USP graduates challenged

USP Pro Chancellor Professor Chandra reminded pacific students graduated at the USP Laucala campus to start thinking of a new beginning that is full of possibilities. He made this remarks during the USP graduation ceremony held at Vodafone arena in Suva, Fiji on Friday. Professor Chandra told the graduates that as they celebrated the end…