$44.1M FOR GAMES

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to allocate $44.1 million dollars from the JICA-Covid-19 Crisis Response Emergency Support Loan to fund four specific projects to support the 2023 Pacific Games. The funding support is being provided by the Government of Japan to the Solomon Islands Government (SIG). The funds will be channeled to…

Embezzlement claims refuted

WESTERN Provincial Secretary (PS) and former Secretary to Prime Minister (SPM) has refuted claims of embezzlement over royalty payments intended for the Ziata Landowners in Munda, Western Province. This follows a report claiming that Jeffery Wickham who was the then SPM under the Gordon Darcy Lilo government collected the payment in 2014. The sum of…

ADB supports Tonga

NUKU’ALOFA, TONGA — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will contribute a $5 million grant to a program that will help restore and accelerate inclusive, private sector-led economic growth in Tonga. The Economic Recovery Support Program will help the government progress ongoing reforms to foster Tonga’s economic recovery from the downturn caused by the coronavirus disease…

Diplomat: SI gov’t should be recognised for strong border policies

The Acting Australian High Commissioner, Ms. Sally-Anne Vincent says the Solomon Islands Government should be recognised and congratulated for its strong border policies. The Acting Australian High Commissioner, Ms. Vincent stated this during the launch of Western Province Investable Sites Report and Solomon Islands Tourism Investment guide, last Friday. Ms. Vincent said the strong border…

DIVER DIES

While out diving for bech-de-mer in Vella La Vella A young man in his mid 20s has lost his life during a trip to dive for the lucrative sea cucumber (beche-de-mer) product at Dovele in North Vella La Vella, Western Province. The tragic incident occurred last week next to one of the logging camps situated…