PM says corruption fight is a priority

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the fight against corruption is one of the top priorities of his government and is committed to get rid of this scourge in the country. Sogavare said corruption is a cancer and its biggest danger is where it becomes so strongly ingrained that it represents a new norm in our…

SI, Indonesia sign development cooperation framework, grant deal

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Jeremiah Manele and his Indonesian counterpart Ibu Retno Marsudi signed the Development Cooperation Framework Agreement between Solomon Islands and Indonesia on Friday 6th December in Bali. Speaking to the media after the historical signing, Minister Manele expressed appreciation for the partnership between Solomon Islands and Indonesia and…

Kuma on major reforms to be progressed in 2020

MINISTER oF Finance and Treasury Harry Kuma in his second reading of 2020 budget speech in Parliament last week says the government is committed to implement key reforms under its two pillars, the fundamental and sectoral reforms. Kuma said the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) expects that by 2020, five major reforms should be…

Anti-corruption day today

International Anti-corruption Day 2019 will be celebrated today in Honiara. As part of the event a parade will take place this morning from 8.30am from the Honiara City Council (HCC) car park all the way down to the Museum Auditorium. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will deliver the keynote address. Parliament made a special adjournment to…

Local journos in China

Eleven journalists representing the mainstream media, private sector and Government Communication Unit are currently in China on a “cultural exchange” trip from 5th-14th December. The trip was arranged by a task force from the Chinese Embassy in Papua New Guinea (PNG), after a meeting with members of the local media in November. Deputy Secretary to…

Students unhappy with China delay

LOCAL students studying in Taiwan have expressed their disappointment over the government’s delay in responding to their call not to move them to China following the recent diplomatic switch.  The Solomon Star understands the Minister of Education and Human Resource Development (MERHD) had already received the letter from the students, which was hand delivered to…

Wale raises concern about inflation

Opposition leader Mathew Wale says headline inflation for 2020 is projected at 2.2%, a slight increase on 2019.  Wale said the upward pressure is caused mostly by imported inflation from higher fuel prices, and some contribution from diminishing supply of local foods driving prices up.  “It ought to be noted that the inflation data and…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

Man who allegedly faked his death changes lawyer Ruling next for former MP Man who allegedly faked his death changes lawyer THE man who allegedly faked his death and obtained $76,000 from a local pharmacist in Honiara has changed his legal representation. Peter Fakaia, who faces three counts of false pretences is now engaging private…

Japans delivers new classroom to Varu

VARU Adventist Primary school on Kolombangara, Western Province, took delivery of their new classroom building and a staff house – thanks to the Government of Japan. The handover ceremony was attended by George Sutcliffe, provincial member for ward 26 North Kolombangara, provincial minister of Tourism Mr Ghemu, Kolombangara Forest Products Limited (KFPL) General Manager Dan…