Manetoali: No mining in Isabel

Member of Parliament (MP) for Gao/Bugotu constituency Samuel Manetoali says Isabel province would not allow mining operation on the island. He highlighted this during a visit by a delegation from the Solomon Islands visitors bureau (SIVB) to parts of the province last week. Mr Manetoali was part of the delegation which conducted their visit from…

IMF launches quarterly bulletin

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has launched the inaugural issue of the Asia & Pacific Small States Monitor, a new quarterly bulletin focusing on recent macroeconomic developments and topical issues covering the small states of the Asia and Pacific region. The publication of the Monitor fits into the IMF’s overall effort to enhance its engagement…

Communiqué of the 29th meeting of the IMFC

Chaired by Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore and Minister for Finance Global activity continues to strengthen. However, the recovery is still fragile and downside risks remain. Creating a more dynamic, sustainable, balanced, and job-rich global economy remains our paramount collective goal. We will implement ambitious measures to sustain the recovery, proceed with…

Fresh hope for tourism operators in Isabel

Solomon Island visitors bureau (SIVB) chief executive officer (CEO) together with representatives from the ministry of culture and tourism (MCT) brings fresh hopes to Isabel tourism operators with a message ‘Step for Change’. The visit was conducted by Josefa Tuamoto SIVB CEO, his staff, the ministry of culture and tourism minister Samuel Manetoali and an…

New Homestay for Puapuma

Tourists who will visit Puapuma village at Bugotu District in Isabel province will no longer be facing accommodation difficulties. This was made possible through the ministry of culture and tourism (MCT) which funded the project last year. On Saturday the minister for culture and courism Samuel Manetoali together with the Solomon Islands visitors bureau (SIVB)…

Farmers’ conference this week

Kastom Gaden Association (KGA) is organising a conference for its farmers in the country this week. The four days conference will see local farmers are from Isabel, Malaita, Makira, Choiseul, Western and Guadalcanal provinces coming together to share their experiences and learn new ideas from each other. Plant Material Network coordinator Thecla Limai said the…

Isabel passes budget, tourism has share

Isabel province has passed its $19 million 2014 development and recurrent budget during the last month assembly meeting in Buala which also included tourism budget for Isabel province. This was revealed by Isabel Premier James Habu during a courtesy call by Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) officials at his office last Friday in Buala. Mr…

EPA negotiation delayed

THE start of the economic partnership agreement (EPA) negotiation was delayed mainly because Pacific countries were working on their market access offers, says the European Union. In reaction to critical remarks made at the Pacific-African Caribbean Pacific trade and fisheries meeting on EPA negotiations with the EU, Delegation of the EU for the Pacific head…

PNG plans to register SIM cards

A GOVERNMENT agency will begin monitoring the use of subscriber identity module (SIM) cards because of the abuse of telecommunication services, an official says. National Information and Communication Technology Authority chief executive officer Charles Punaha said since the PNG telecommunication market was opened up for competition in 2007, there had been no control measures in…