Saudi Arabia Minister expresses interest in Solomon Islands

SAUDI Arabia’s Deputy Minister for International Economic Affairs, Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning, Mr. Bandar Alchemies, visited the Solomon Islands Pavilion on Sunday 9th January, 2021 as part of his Government’s familiarization tour to Pacific Island Countries (PICS) attending Expo 2020 Dubai. After a brief welcome and introduction by Deputy Commissioner General and Pavilion…

PCDF mechanism attracts donor interest

THE Provincial Capacity Development Fund (PCDF) is attracting interest from Development partners that are keen to support the scheme. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) Stanley Dick Pirione said donor interest was expressed during a number of consultations last year. According to Pirione, the European Union through UNDP and…

NPF’s Our Finance announces rates

THE Board of the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) has set up a non-bank financial entity, which it says will help its active members borrow against their savings. An advertisement announcing the set up of the newest financial institution in the country appeared in the Solomon Star last Thursday. Curiously, the logo for the…

Solomon Water increases water tariff

Solomon Water is increasing its water tariff for both domestic and commercial monthly charges. A statement from Solomon Water Board Chairman Tony Makabo on Thursday(6th January 2022) said the new tariff represented only an increase of 84 cents per kilolitre (tonne) of water for the lowest domestic tariff band. “We acknowledge that some households may…

Extra Honiara-Sydney flights

NATIONAL flag carrier Solomon Airlines has announced two additional flights from Honiara to Sydney starting this Friday. In a statement, the Airlines said the Air Bus will be operating two additional services on Friday 7 and 21 January. “Flight IE710 will depart Honiara 2.45pm, arriving Sydney 7pm, continuing to Brisbane 8pm, and arriving 8.30pm,” the…

Delegation arrives in Dubai

The Solomon Islands delegation to the Dubai 2020 World Expo led by the Minister of Commerce, Industry, Labor and Immigration Hon Frederick Kologeto arrived in Dubai on Sunday ahead of the Solomon Islands National Day on December 21. The delegation consisting of Government and Private Sector Officials and cultural performers arrived on separate flights from…