SICCI welcomes tax review

THE Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) has commended the national government for commencing work to undertake a tax review consultation that involves a wide scope of stakeholders including private sector groups. SICCI, as the peak body representing the private sector, has always advocated for tax reform and the review is a step…

Betel-nut is next for beetle

BETEL nut palm trees are next for the coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) to attack in this country. This was according to the Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) General Manager, Craig Gibsone. “This devastating beetle will attack coconuts, oil palms, Sago Palms, Bananas, sugar canes and next is betel-nut palm trees,” Mr Gibsone said. He…

PAC WARNS MINISTRIES

“Keep your hands off Development Budget” By AATAI JOHN THE Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned government line ministries to stop applying for funds in the Development Budget to fund expenditures categorised under the recurrent budget. This was revealed by PAC Chairman Rick Hou when the Attorney General (AG) and his officers appeared before his…

Withdrawal of Anti-Corruption Bill

ON Monday 28th August 2017, the Prime Minister’s Motion to withdraw the Anti-Corruption Bill passed through the Parliament floor, with the support of the following Members of Parliaments. 1.                 Hon. Peter Shanel Agovaka 17. Hon. Manasseh Maelanga   2.                 Hon. Ishmael Avui 18. Hon. Augustin Auga   3.                Hon. Jackson Fiulaua 19. Hon. John Maneniaru…

Reality of our soccer

Dear Editor – The reality of Solomon soccer has been put to the knife. Morning of mixed emotions covers the nation. Even the will to believe has evaporated. That’s when reality strikes. The two legged tie has already been decided. Come Tuesday, it’s all matters of formalities. Collectively, the New Zealand teamare miles ahead from…

State of Pacific Regionalism

Dear Editor – The Pacific continues to face significant challenges to realising its political and development ambitions. The current context of global political, economic and environmental uncertainty is likely to further exacerbate the vulnerabilities and dependencies the region currently experiences. Current economic uncertainties for example appear to have left a huge gap in terms of…

Response to Jackson

Dear Editor – I want to put my view in reply to what Jackson Rahemae has brought up in the Solomon Star. Jackson if you were a chief you would know your responsibilities but I doubt it because you are so childish for bringing this issue into the media. This MOU you based your argument…

Malaita revenue

Dear Editor – I am writing this letter concerning the article on Thursday 31st August on page 4 titled “How much Chinese investors contribute to Malaita revenue”. As a concerned Malaitan, I am seriously concerned that $291,000 per year is  a lot of money contributed by Chinese investors to the provincial revenue. The three questions…

APID reply to Sanders

Dear Editor – Your article of Solomon Star Issue No. 6686 entitled “RENNELL CHIEFS ACCUSES MINER OF TAMPERING WITH COURT CASE” is grossly misleading and need to be corrected, in order to avoid confusion.  From the outset, Mr Sanders has been involved or engaged in the Mining Industry in West Rennell in the past by…

Don’t give up on us

Dear Editor – We are the 100 level students in USP SI campus. Through your paper I would like to bring to the consideration of the authority of NTU about the ongoing students scholarship for 2018. I have been three times in the office of NTU asking same question for each week to different peoples.…