Farmers attend business empowering training

MANY commercial farmers throughout Guadalcanal have been empowered in the four days workshop held in Honiara from Monday to Thursday this week. The workshop is organised by Rural Development Programme (RDP) in the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination as part of recovery programme after most of the farmers’ infrastructures were destroyed during the…

Western delegation learn about tourism in Fiji

SUVA, (SPTO) – A delegation from the provincial Government of the Solomon Islands’ Western Province wants more programmes from the regional tourism body to assist in up-skilling their local workforce and developing their industry as a whole. Western Province Minister for Culture and Tourism, Christian Mesepitu made the comments when he paid a courtesy visit…

Western delegation learn about tourism in Fiji

SUVA, (SPTO) – A delegation from the provincial Government of the Solomon Islands’ Western Province wants more programmes from the regional tourism body to assist in up-skilling their local workforce and developing their industry as a whole. Western Province Minister for Culture and Tourism, Christian Mesepitu made the comments when he paid a courtesy visit…

Landowners told to open land for development

Chiefs of North West Guadalcanal are appealing to landowners and tribes within the region and the island to release their land for development purposes, whenever the government or an investor requests for it. Northwest Guadalcanal Solomon Star stringer John Toki relayed that the chiefs of Lambi, Tandai and Sagalu wards made the plea to all…

POB online banking signs up with Our Telekom

Pan Oceanic Bank recently signed the air-time topup deal with Our Telekom  which now enables both POB and Our Telekom customers to topup through their smartphones or computers via POB Online Banking. “Our Telekom is privileged to participate in this intiative with POB. We believe that with the change in mobile phone technology with increasing…

Mine pact signed without ministry

An agreement between AU Capital Mining and Iron Mountain Mining was done outside the government’s normal process, without the input from the Ministry of Mines. Both are Australian companies and are eying bauxite prospecting at Nende, Temotu. A reliable source told the Sunday Star the Mines ministry does not recognise the agreement because it was…

Nations cautioned on deep sea mining

A new report by the World Bank said Pacific Island countries including Solomon Islands should be cautious over any plans for mining of the seabed. It said that Deep Sea Mining will be a challenge for both the investor and the Government if countries intend to venture into this lucrative but unknown industry. The report,…

Ports workers praise new digital system

THE Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) workers are now using a digital entry system to enter data, thanks to the SIPA reforms. Officers who operate data entry at the ports yesterday said the new digital data entry system have impacted positively on the effectiveness and efficiency in executing their work. “For instance, we were used…

Visitors arrival here in 2015 up

THE Numbers of international visitors into the country has steadily increased from January to December last year. An officially released figure from the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) last week, has confirmed. It stated that, Solomon Islands records solid visitor arrival increase for 2015 Rounding out a positive year for the Solomon Islands tourism fortunes,…

CBSI releases last quarter of 2015 economic review

The Central Bank of the Solomon Islands (CBSI) has published the December 2015 Quarterly Economic Review on the CBSI website (www.cbsi.com.sb), Friday. The December Economic Review contains an assessment of how the domestic economy performed in 2015 as well as the near term macroeconomic outlook. Preliminary estimates from the Bank showed the domestic economy grew…