Indonesia wants to strengthen relations

INDONESIAN Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi will visit three Pacific countries, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Fiji, with the mission to strengthen relations between Indonesia and the Pacific nations. Minister Marsudi will visit Papua New Guinea on Feb. 26-28, Solomon Island on Feb. 28, and Fiji on March 1. Indonesia is keen to strengthen…

Freedom call for Papua

Visiting Indonesian minister to expect protests in Honiara today VISITING Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs minister Retno Marsudi is expected to receive an unusual welcome reception when she arrives in Honiara this morning. Civil society groups supporting the growing West Papuan independence movement are expected to stage a peaceful demonstration over Indonesian’s occupation of West Papua. “We…

Customs import fraud probe continues

CUSTOMS investigations into vehicles imported under false documentation is progressing on well. Comptroller of Customs, Nathan Kama highlighted this after revealing a multi-million dollar bust operation involving an unidentified logging company in the country the past few weeks. This involved a consignment (container) belonging to a logging company who is currently facing a case in…

Police gets praise

Community leaders in North West Guadalcanal and West Guadalcanal have praised the police for their quick action in apprehending and charging the suspect of the Paru Road block. The roadblock happened in North West Guadalcanal over the weekend. Community leaders in the area say the police quick response has helped boost public confidence in the…

AG’s advertisement goes online

IN a bid to attract more local and overseas applicants for the post of the Attorney General (AG), the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has resorted to advertising the post online. This came after the post was repeatedly advertisement through the local newspapers. Local lawyer Billy Titiulu is the current post holder. However,…

Japan’s commitment to education

THE Government of Japan has vowed to support basic education and the improvement of schools facilities in the country. Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands Kenichi Kimiya said this on Wednesday during the signing ceremony of a deal worth $647,836.84 for the construction of a new classroom and staff houses.  “The priority areas of our assistance…

Call to revive cocoa, coconut sector

THE Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government has been urged to support rural cocoa and coconut farmers. The chairman of the Malaita Cocoa and Coconut Research Development Association (MCCRDA) Peter Satu said, the support by government in its policy statement is important for the rural farmers. He said, its important that cocoa and coconut industry…

Final charter for students

THE last batch of government funded students studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP) main Laucala campus, Suva left on Wednesday. This brings to a total of nine charter flights organized by the Government through the Ministry of Education. More than 130 students were part of the final charter which departed 3pm on…