Crushing mill for West Guadalcanal

A new crashing mill for West Guadalcanal was launched over the weekend at Mangakiki village. More than 200 people turned to witness the occasion. Officiating in the launching was the minister for agriculture and livestock (MAL) David Tome, provincial and national leaders of West Guadalcanal constituency, chiefs and the main supporter of the project –…

POB’s board meets, makes decision here

The Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) board of management normally meets in Solomon Islands with most of its decisions done here. The explanation was made by the bank’s chief executive officer (CEO) Nihal Kekulawala in an interview with the paper fortnight ago. He decided to come out and explain this so that local customers can be…

Investors taking risks to invest here

INVESTORS of the country’s newly established bank – Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) are taking risks to invest in Solomon Islands. Chief executive officer (CEO) of the bank Nihal Kekulawala in an interview with the paper fortnight ago said most of the people who have invested in the bank have taken a risk. Therefore he added,…

360 Discovery back on service

After weeks of suspending its services fast craft 360 Discovery is now back in service after a new engine was replaced. In a statement on Thursday, the management of BLK Investments Co Ltd, owners and operators said the boat is now ready to serve the traveling public. “We would like to inform our good traveling…

Panel of judges set for BEA 2014

A judging panel of ten high-powered women and men are gearing up for the selection of 17 winners and runner up winners for the second annual Solomon Islands Business Excellence Awards (BEA) starting Monday 11th August 2014. A statement from the Solomon Islands chamber of commerce and industries (SICCI) said the panel comprised of a…

More companies register with NFP

National Provident Fund (NFP) this year received more applications from newly formed companies to register with them. A spokesperson for the fund revealed this to the Solomon Star in an interview yesterday saying, these companies are both local and overseas. “We have quite a number of companies both local and overseas registering with NPF. He…

Operators hit hard by poor transportation

Tourism operators on Malaita have expressed their frustration over the inefficiency of transportation services to Auki and around the island that negatively affects their business operations. Owner and operator of Busu tourism in the heart of Langa Langa lagoon said transportation difficulties faced by the province today has made it so difficult for visitors to…

POB wants to make banking easier

ONE of the aims of the newly established bank in the country – Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) is to ensure people of Solomon Islands can enjoy a more affordable service. Speaking to the Solomon Star in an interview last week, the bank’s chief executive officer (CEO) Nihal Kekulawala said since last year there were some…

ANZ-Australian Govt team up in mobile banking

ANZ today announced an agreement with the Australian Government to support the increased roll out of mobile banking and financial literacy programs to a further 65,000 Solomon Islanders previously excluded from traditional banking services. As part of this partnership, the Australian Government will provide additional funding to assist ANZ to improve access to phone banking…