ESP RUNS OUT OF MONEY

THE cat is out of the bag – the Government’s much-talked-about Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) has run out of money, an investigation by Solomon Star has established. At the same time, our investigation has also found that the Ministry of Finance and Treasury gave misleading information in its economic growth forecast in a booklet the…

Deal to fly vital medications here 

Solomon Airlines and airfreight specialist Pak Fresh are proving that where there’s a will there’s a way, even in an era of COVID-19, to supply vital prescription drugs and pharmaceuticals to people stranded far from home. The airline and the freight company have joined with a Brisbane Airport chemist and are starting the new year with…

PM opens BRED’s  branch

BRED Bank Solomons has been commended for demonstrating trust and confidence in the country.   Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, made the remarks while opening the bank’s newest branch in Honiara yesterday morning. The first fully-fledged BRED Bank branch is located at Commonwealth Street, Point Cruz in the heart of Honiara.  Speaking on behalf of the Solomon…

‘Helpful Holidays’ local tourism campaign receives Australian boost

The Australian Government initiative, Strongim Bisnis, is boosting the success of Solomon Airlines’ ‘Helpful Holidays’ domestic tourism initiative. Strongim Bisnis is providing marketing support and helping tourism operators improve their business practices for a domestic traveller market.  The ‘Helpful Holidays’ domestic tourism campaign offers people in Solomon Islands the opportunity to holiday in the provinces…

Sisilo reaches out to Kokonut Pacific Aust

With the COVID-19 restrictions easing, Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Australia Robert Sisilo is reaching out to small and medium enterprises investing in Solomon Islands.   Kokonut Pacific Australia (KPA), based in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, in a joint venture with Kokonut Pacific Solomon Islands (KPSI) since 2004, was Mr. Sisilo’s first port of call last…

ESP cash payment on halt

THE Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) cash payment for successful recipients will be suspended until next year, 2021. Chair of the ESP and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) McKinnie Dentana confirmed this during the talk-back show on Sunday. Dentana said given the Christmas break fast approaching, there would be a shortage…