West to debate 2014 budget

The Western provincial finance minister will this morning table the 2014 Western provincial estimated development budget. Reports from Gizo yesterday said Lester Huckle Saomasi will table the budget to be debated on the floor by members of the provincial government. Yesterday the Western provincial government opened its full assembly meeting yesterday. At the official opening…

West convene full assembly meeting

The Western provincial government yesterday opens its 2014 full executive assembly meeting in Gizo, Western province. The full assembly which is being held at Chacha conference room is expected to run throughout the week. Reports said some prominent leaders from the Gizo business houses and non-government organisations have been invited to be part of the…

Govt’s support for elderly, disable

PACIFIC governments have an important role to play in complementing traditional systems with social protection schemes such as the old age pensions and disability payments, says a report launched by the World Bank in Suva last week. The regional report, titled “Hardship and Vulnerability in the Pacific Island Countries”, was launched at USP and supported…

Credit Corp PNG posts profit

THE Credit Corporation (PNG) Ltd has reported a K85.20 million operating profit for last year, up K4.66 million from the previous year’s K80.54 million. The consolidated results for the year ended December 31, 2013 were released last week by Garth Mcllwain, chairman of the board. Total assets posted was K1.042 billion at year end, up…

Our Telekom applauded

CONCERNS Citizens group, Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) has praised Our Telekom’s continuous roll out program to the country’s rural communities. FSII in a statement said it applauds Our Telekom for taking the lead to connecting our rural communities to the world.    “Today you can get connected to the outside world through your finger…

SICCI visits Western province

A team from the Solomon Island chamber of commerce and industry (SICCI) recently visited Western province as part of its provincial business outreach program. SICCI chief executive officer (CEO) Jerry Tegemoana described the visit as successful and comprehensive. During the tour they visited Munda, Noro and Gizo where they met with provincial government officials and…

Tourists’ arrival to pacific steady

TOURIST arrivals into the Pacific have been steady. Aspects of globalisation, such as the proliferation of a competitive airline industry and the ability to compare resorts, destinations and countries have driven down costs, making travel cheaper and helping discover new treasures in the ocean. Data is sparse across the region, however the World Bank estimates…