Australian photo competition promotes local products

The Australian Government initiative, Strongim Bisnis, awarded 10 photographers prizes for showcasing Solomon Islands products under a “Buy Local” photograph competition.  The competition was part of a broader effort to encourage Solomon Islanders to buy local products instead of imported substitutes, a statement from Strongim Bisnis said. The competition was conducted in collaboration with local…

Businesses in city warned

The Honiara City Council (HCC) has issued a warning to all retail businesses and shop owners operating in the city. In a statement, the HCC management said that all businesses must comply with the order issued by the Ministry of Commerce about price control on goods sold. City Clerk Rence Sore said HCC will cancel…

NPF members in Malaita want fairness

A good number of National Provident Funds (NPF) members in Malaita have expressed concern over the decision to allow only Honiara-based members to withdraw part of their contribution. Last week many NPF members in Malaita Province inquired at the NPF branch in Auki following the announcement made by the prime minister and NPF in the…

HCC scales down operation

The Honiara City Council (HCC) is scaling down its non-essential services based on the assessment of the City Clerk. This was resolved during the Full Council Meeting on Friday 27th and the scale down has commenced as of Monday 30th, 2020, a statement from HCC Media Unit said. “This is part of the Council’s preparedness…

Solomon Water assures clients

SOLOMON Water says it will continue to provide safe clean water and other related services to our valued customers in the midst of the coronavirus threat. The assurance, which Solomon Water says was part of its Business Continuity Planning, goes to customers in Honiara, Auki, Tulagi and Noro. “As an essential service provider, our critical…

Gov’t consults on stimulus package

GOVERNMENT authorities are currently consulting private sector representatives to put together a stimulus package to relieve any serious impacts on the national economy in view of the current Covid-19 pandemic worldwide. Currently, the Minister of Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma is also leading discussions with our development and multilateral partners on this issue and so…

NPF members to get financial help 

THE Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) has confirmed to provide financial support to members as part of its contributions towards measures to counter the COVID-19. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare confirmed this when delivering his national remarks, Friday. Sogavare said the different forms of assistance will include a sum of $5,000 to be made available…

Ports offers free berth for ships

SOLOMON Ports has announced it will completely remove all domestic charges to all local vessels berthing at the Honiara domestic terminal for one month.  The fee waiver will come into effect as of next Monday 30th March 2020, Ports said in a statement.  “The removal of all domestic charges will be in force for one…