Obstacle to economic growth

DEAR EDITOR – In 2016, the former Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer, Joaquim Levy, wrote about the gap he perceived in private investment.   Although he was then writing in general terms, there were several paragraphs in his article I thought relevant to the situation in the Solomon Islands at that time.…

Taiwan China debate

DEAR EDITOR – The current strong support and intention of most of our MPs fordiplomatic switch from Taiwan to China only reflect poorly on the leadership that lackedintegrity, wisdom, maturity and visionary mindsets that blinded by false assumptions and self-beneficial interests at the cost of tax payers and resource owners in this nation. This nation…

ACOM to enthrone new Archbishop

THE Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) will enthrone and install the Right Reverend Leonard Dawea to be the 7th Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia at Saint Barnabas Provincial Cathedral this Sunday the 15th September. All Anglican members in and around Honiara are welcomed to join the live broadcast service on SIBC, Telekom TV…

PACER Plus awareness rolled out in Malaita

THIRTY participants from the Malaita Provincial Government, private sector, and line government ministries were present as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET),in collaboration with Customs Division,carried out an awareness program on the Pacific Agreement on Close Economic Relations (PACER Plus) in Auki on Wednesday. The awareness program is part of Solomon Islands’…

Conserving for the future

DAOLUSU Community of Ward 30 in Malaita Province will soon embark on a project to rehabilitate their mangrove forests and conserve the marine eco-system of their mangroves.  This has been a dream for George Faubata and his young people of the community for quite a long while.  Faubata, a youth worker of the community, graduated…

CPC is a reckless, lawless regime

FIRST, if you think you would find justice in China, sorry; their justice system is nothing but a big bluff rubber stamp of the Communist Party of China(CPC). An article by one Vincent Gale on Solomon Times about the protests going on in Hong Kong more than meets the eye. It is only a tip…

Gua Marovo – Babata passage

DEAR EDITOR – Long ago, in the 70’s and 80’s, late Pulepanda Ghamu is our MP.  And what I heard from him personally, was that ‘during our time, there were no millions of dollars for constituency developments.  But as I can remember well, there were few constructive developments taking place in Marovo.  One is the…

Taiwan or China?

DEAR EDITOR – Please publish the following: Taiwan or China? Which one would you chose? The choice is in your hand Dragon, or bull or what? They are all animals and they might not be tamable but we all need animals for meat, milk and soup Which one will you prefer? The ball is in…

Exporting fresh orchids

DEAR EDITOR – With the increasing success of kava as a cash crop rewarding kava farmers with much needed income and the reported success of chocolate sales and coconut related products, I often wonder why the Solomon Islands has not developed a fresh flower market, particularly the cultivation and export of orchids. Floriculture has emerged…