Logging picks up

LOGGING performs stronger than expected in the third quarter despite global restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was revealed in parliament by the Minister for Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma. Logging is one of the country’s key exportation commodities. He said logging shipments have been strong, recording 1.7 million cubic metres of…

Lands revenue records surge

REVENUE collection by the Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Survey (MLHS) through land rentals over the years continue to increase and this year is expected to be highest in eight years. This was revealed by the Commissioner of Lands Alan McNeil in an interview with the paper. “Ministry of Lands revenue collected from land rents…

Loggers owe Western gov’t millions in unpaid dues

Loggers and other business operators owe the Western Provincial Government more than $3 million in unpaid dues, Permanent Secretary, Jeffrey Wickham revealed. Mr. Wickham on Thursday urged companies that have outstanding dues to come forward and settle their bills. He said the Provincial Government discovered recently that a “number of logging companies did not pay up…

$5 GAINS TOP AWARD

THE country’s polymer $5 has attained international acclaim overnight when the banknote’s SUSI Flip™ feature was named Best New Currency Feature or Product by the International Association of Currency Affairs (IACA).  The award was one of three given out as part of IACA’s Excellence in Currency Technical Awards, which is staged every two years, a…

Tourism Solomons calls on SI Government to reconsider proposed facebook ban

NTO stresses reliance on social media platform to promote tourism Tourism Solomons has called on the Solomon Islands Government to urgently reconsider a proposed ban on Facebook. Responding to a government announcement on Monday, Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said like many Solomon Islands-based businesses and the wider community, the organisation was heavily dependent…

Business operators urged to pay up licenses

Small and medium enterprises in the Western Province have failed to pay up their business licenses. This was revealed by the Provincial Treasury Division after visiting all the business operators between Marovo and Shortlands last month. Western Provincial Government (WPG) Provincial Secretary, Jeffrey Wickham in an interview on Tuesday said the treasury staff visited businesses operating…

Businesses on proposed Facebook suspension

Struggling businesses have expressed concerns over Government’s proposal to temporarily ban the world’s biggest social networking site ‘Facebook’ in the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), as the peak body representing the private sector in the Solomon Islands, is particularly concerned with the negative impacts this decision will have on…

Solomon cocoa products launched in NZ

SOLOMON Islands cocoa company, Cathliro, achieved international success last month, launching a range of cocoa products in New Zealand. Cathliro was supported in this venture by the Australian Government initiative, Strongim Bisnis. Cathliro’s products were launched in over 30 speciality and whole food grocery stores throughout New Zealand. The products were made from Solomon Islands…

2 passenger flights to Brisbane set

SOLOMON Airline is set to conduct two international flights to Brisbane on the 6th and 20th of this month. In a statement issued yesterday, the Airline management said that the two passenger flights have been approved only from Honiara to Brisbane.  “We have been approved to carry passengers on two flights from Honiara to Brisbane…