SICCI at World Chambers Congress in Sydney

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) is among international private sector representatives at the 10th World Chambers Congress 2017 currently underway in Sydney this week. SICCI Chair Jay Bartlett and CEO Dennis Meone joined global business leaders on invitation by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) rubbing shoulders with over 1,000 delegates…

China United clarifies Guo’s story

CHINA United Cooperation clarifies that Shiyao Guo is not the main investor behind the development of the Town Ground rugby complex as stated in an earlier report. A representative from the company told this paper Guo is one of the investors of the complex. “Guo played an important role in the negotiation between Solomon Islands…

SICCI welcomes tax review

THE Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) has commended the national government for commencing work to undertake a tax review consultation that involves a wide scope of stakeholders including private sector groups. SICCI, as the peak body representing the private sector, has always advocated for tax reform and the review is a step…

Betel-nut is next for beetle

BETEL nut palm trees are next for the coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) to attack in this country. This was according to the Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) General Manager, Craig Gibsone. “This devastating beetle will attack coconuts, oil palms, Sago Palms, Bananas, sugar canes and next is betel-nut palm trees,” Mr Gibsone said. He…

Big war needed against beetles

There’s a need to launch an all-out-war against the devastating Rhinoceros beetle, which is seriously threatening the coconut and palm oil industries. General Manager of Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) Craig Gibsone uttered this as the beetle continues to spread around Guadalcanal and into Malaita and Central provinces. In the last three months, Gibsone…

Henderson planning scheme on display

THE Guadalcanal Planning and Development Board and Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey are currently exhibiting a draft Local Planning Scheme for the Henderson area for public comment. The main public event for this exhibition was held yesterday near the Guadalcanal Police Station at Henderson, and around a hundred or so interested people came to…

Private Sector meets with ADB President

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) and other private sector representatives were privileged to meet the Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao in Honiara this week. According to SICCI Chair, Jay Bartlett the visit by Mr Nakao to Solomon Islands “signifies and reinforces ADB’s ongoing high-level support to Solomon Islands”. “Because…

MFMR implements e-monitoring on longline vessels

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has started implementing E-Monitoring on long line vessels. Two vessels are already fitted with E-Monitoring Units over the weekend. The units are made up of cameras and recording hard drives which will be used to monitor all activities on the fishing…