SI, Morocco sign deals

The Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Australia, His Excellency Robert Sisilo, and the non-resident Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Mr Karim Medrek, signed two Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) and an Agreement to enhance the countries’ bilateral cooperation in Canberra last week.  The two MOUs are on diplomatic training and…

CEMA re-engages with rural farmers 

The Commodities Exports Marketing Authorities (CEMA) is stepping up its operation to re-engage in trading activities with local farmers in and around the country.  This is following the launch of the CEMA Revitalisation and Recapitalisation Strategy 2021 – 2027 in Honiara yesterday, a statement issued by the Prime Minister Press Secretariat said. Chairperson of the…

ESP check to roll

PERMANANET Secretary (PS) for Finance and Treasury McKinnie Dentana says the monitoring of the Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) will begin this June. In a radio talk-back show yesterday, Dentana said those who have received support have to prepare as they will be visited by the monitoring team at their home as stated in their project…

$2M Tourism deal 

MINISTRY of Culture and Tourism (MCT) and the Development Bank of Solomon Islands (DBSI) on Thursday signed a $2 million grant agreement of Tourism Support Fund.  The agreement was signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Finance & Treasury (MoFT) Permanent Secretary, and the DBSI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at…

First taro export from Malaita soon

Goshen Enterprise Limited in Malaita Province eyes its first taro export by the end of this year. Speaking to Solomon Star Auki in an exclusive interview yesterday Goshen Enterprise Ltd Operational Manager Levite Luciano Maesimae said Goshen Enterprise Ltd is supported by 24 out-growers throughout the province. Mr.Maesimae said the aim now is to secure…

Gov’t eyes better tax system

The Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) is fully committed to deliver a fair, simple and broad- based tax system. The Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this recently, a statement issued by Prime Minister Press Secretariat said. “The government is aware that the country’s current tax system is complex, expensive to administer, includes distortionary exemptions,…

PROJECTS FACE AXE

World Bank-funded projects on Malaita face uncertainty   SIX infrastructure sub-contracts to be funded by the World Bank on Malaita now face uncertainty and could be axed, it was revealed last night. This is because of the stand the Malaita Provincial Government has taken against any Chinese company bidding for the projects, which involved the…

GPG clears NPF arrears 

THE Guadalcanal Provincial Government (GPG) has settled its entire staff’s long due National Provident Fund (SINPF) surcharges and contributions last week. According to a press release statement from the Guadalcanal media revealed that a total of more than SBD $3 million have been paid which was confirmed by the SINPF Enforcement Officer who deals with…

SICCI hosts PM’s Breakfast with members

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare had the opportunity to address key members of the business community in Solomon Islands on relevant Policy, enhanced partnership and respond to the Private Sector Pathway to COVID-19 Recovery Strategy submitted to his Government earlier this year. This was during a Prime Minister’s Business Breakfast on Friday 21st May, 2021…

No conflict of Interest

‘Solomon Airlines rubbishes claims’   SOLOMON Airlines condemned and rubbishes the recent claims in the social media Facebook ‘YUMI TOKTOK FORUM’ that Solomon Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) promotes rival airlines which amount to potential conflict of interest. It was claimed that the CEO for Solomon Islands Airlines has teamed up with another start up…