Palau – where size doesn’t matter

Leading the world in environmental protection Not counting the 400 or so volcano-uplifted little limestone islands that make up the spectacular Rock Islands, Palau is small. With a population of 21,000 living in the islands’ 16 states, the island republic does live up to the Greek meaning of the name of the cultural grouping it…

Tourism is the winner

“Perhaps the region’s hospitality industry needed global endorsement about the islands’ cuisine to take it more seriously. Now that it has been garnered in good measure, they should take to it forthwith”. It is rare that positive news from the Pacific Islands region makes it to the world stage. More often than not, it is…

Telekom explains network failure

LACK of sun during wet weather can also interfere with the communication network in parts of the country because some of the mobile towers are solar powered. The explaination was made by Our Telekom following concerns from customers in West Makira about their network which is not working properly. A rep from the community there…

SICCI explains awards

 Following the number of enquiries being received at the Solomon Islands chamber of commerce and industry (SICCI) office concerning awards and award categories, the chamber has came out to inform the nine awards on offer. Two of the awards, Business Woman of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year are individual awards. Only women and…

Samsung suspends ties with Chinese supplier

SAMSUNG Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. The South Korean company, which is the world’s biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labour and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co. Samsung said last week it…

NPF urged to go electronic

The National Provident Fund (NFP) has been urged to introduce electronic prints on the cards of its members. The Honiara City Councilor for Vavaea Ridge Ward in Central Honiara, Jonathan Zama said the NPF which is Solomon Islands’ richest investor with over $600 million in its suspended account should turn to modern technology in its…

ANZ wins global award for Pacific mobile app

ANZ has won the global award for Best Digital Channels Strategy under the prestigious 2014 Retail Banker International Awards in recognition of its mobile phone banking application tailored for the Pacific markets. ANZ goMoney Pacific was launched in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Samoa in 2013, and in Vanuatu earlier this year to provide…

Nauru Air Corporation announces ‘Nauru Airlines’

Since 2006, Nauru Air Corporation has been trading as Our Airline and promoting co-operation amongst neighbouring countries to improve airline services in the region. The strategy has seen a number of new aviation initiatives and partnerships developed over the years since 2006 that have provided new services, linked new destinations and delivered more affordable travel…

Petrol colour to change: InterOil

INTEROIL will introduce red dye into its petrol product apart from the current purple colour starting next month. The company said: “The main reason is adoption of common colour that is widely used around the world. The colour coding product is primary for easy identification and safety reasons.” In a paid advertisement InterOil said it…

Vodafone confident in bmobile

Vodafone is very confident in bmobile’ s ability going forward to get more market share in both Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon islands. A statement from the two partners – Bmobile/Vodafone said this is the main reason that they have signed the agreement as the potential in both countries is huge. “The vote…