New biosecurity website launched

SOLOMON Islands has a new website for biosecurity that was launched in Honiara on Thursday. The Australian Government funded the website, which is one of the activities under the $14 million budget that runs from 2013-2016. Under the same funding, the Australia government supported other projects as well. Rebecca Gibb, Counsellor, Economics and Strategy of…

BSP asked to install ATMS in Malaita

BANK South Pacific (BSP) customers in Malaita are calling on the bank to install additional Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) at its Auki branch. They made the call after realising the long queue of customers that normally lined up to withdraw money from the bank’s only ATM on pay days. “BSP must understand its client base…

Mobile service to Eastern Malaita

Bmobile-Vodafone are delighted to have launched a new tower on Tuesday 7th June for East Malaita. This tower will now give the coastal area of East Kwarae full coverage. The tower is located on Leili Island and will help improve this regions coverage beaming signals right across the waters back in the populated areas. A…

Airbus back in service

Solomon Airlines operated Airbus has resumed its normal services as of this week. The airbus had been undergoing maintenance work in Philippine for the past weeks since April as part of the airline’s routine maintenance routine in compliance with airlines safety. In its absence Solomon Airlines partner Qantas has been serving the Brisbane-Honiara route through…

SICCI and SIPA strengthens ties

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) is delighted to welcome the interim CEO of the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA), Mr. Michael Wate. The appointment of Mr Wate is timely given the operations of SIPA directly affect many of SICCI’s member businesses. In a brief meeting held yesterday, the Chairman of SICCI…

Undersea cable project gets green light

Minister for Communication and Aviation (MCA) Peter Shanel revealed in parliament, Monday that the short fall of US$10 million to fund the submarine cables now stands at US$5 million after some donors willing to fund the other half of the outstanding cost. Shanel revealed this after continuous pressure from some Members of Parliament (MP) who…

Bribery claim denied

A land acquisition officer has dismissed claims AU Capital Mining Limited bribed landowners in Temotu to acquire its prospecting licence to seek minerals on their land. AU Capital Mining, an Australia company, held two tenements under its prospecting licence – one Temotu and another in Choiseul. Recently Iron Mountain Mining, a different company, obtained shares…

SICCI: we are a legal entity

SOLOMON Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (SICCI) has maintained the organisation has not been in breach of any laws. SICCI chairman Jay Bartlett reiterated this following recent media publicity casting doubt and questioning his organisation’s legality. “SICCI is an organisation of members with similar interests and is the Peak representative body for the private…

New eco-lodge opened in Guadalcanal

A NEWLY launched inland lodge has opened its doors for guests after a successful opening on Wednesday. Paringiju Inland Mountain eco-Lodge was located at Belaha highlands over Tenaru School, in Central Guadalcanal. The Paringiju Inland Mountain Lodge has formally opened in front of hundreds of locals this week. Among the invited guests were Sir Paul…

NGO code for Solomons in the pipeline

THE development of an NGO Code of Minimum Standards for the Solomon Islands will be discussed in Honiara, says the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs head, Emele Duituturaga. Mrs Duituturaga says PIANGO staff , Alanieta Vakatale and Akmal Ali, will be facilitating sessions on the development of a CSO Code of Minimum Standards at this…