Bureau sought $9m for promotion

Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) is seeking additional $9 million from the national government to boost its international and local tourism marketing promotion. Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (CEO) chief executive officer (CEO) Josefa Tuamoto highlighted this during the 2014 Our Telekom national tourism forum held at Heritage Park Hotel last Friday. Mr Josefa said that…

Schools thank KGA

KASTOM Garden Association (KGA) has been commended for assisting communities and schools replant their food gardens after the April flooding in Honiara and Guadalcanal. This was expressed when officers of KGA visited some of the high schools and training centres east of Honiara yesterday. Some of the schools and trainings have begun harvesting their crops,…

Schools told to discourage chemical farming

SCHOOLS engaged in farming are discouraged from using fertilizers and other pesticides. Kastom Garden Association (KGA), a local non-government organisation established to promote organic farming, made the reminder when its staff visited two high schools and a rural training centre, east of Honiara yesterday. KGA provincial coordinator Silas Kere visited St. Martin Rural Training Centre,…

Tenaru plans to harvest rice soon

ST Joseph’s Tenaru School are expected to harvest their one hectare rice farm in three months’ time. The school is growing its own rice to supplement the student’s daily diet. The April flooding in Honiara and Guadalcanal took its toll on the school’s agriculture projects, causing widespread damages to its rice and vegetable farms. The…

Nation supports SIDS goals

SOLOMON Islands has thrown its full support and welcomes the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) development goal for sustainable development through genuine and durable partnership. Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga echoed the country’s support when presenting his remarks at the opening of the plenary session amongst heads of governments, government officials, SIDS delegates, NGOs, international…

Work on new wharf set to go

CONSTRUCTION of a new international wharf at the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) will kick off next month. Japan is funding the construction of this new project. Speaking at the 2014 Our Telekom national tourism forum on Friday Glyn Joshua,SIPA’s director corporate service said actual construction will start off this October and should complete by…

No more land for future tourism development

Honiara has no vacant land for future tourism development says permanent secretary (PS) of lands, housing and survey.  Stanley Waleanisia was speaking during the 2014 Our Telekom national tourism forum held which was successfully staged at Heritage Park Hotel on Friday. Mr Waleanisia clarified this when the forum openly discussed a possibility in asking the…

The challenge for economic growth in the region

The pacific island region has greater challenges in raising its economic status and will continue to face slow economic growth. This was highlighted last week by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) resident representative for pacific island countries Yongzheng Yang at the end of a three days media training organised by the fund for regional business/economic…

Plans for new visitors’ terminal at wharf

Solomon Island Ports Authority (SIPA) will build an interim terminal for tourists visiting Honiara by boat starting this year. The authority’s director of corporate service Glyn Joshua revealed this during the Our Telekom national tourism forum held at the Heritage Park Hotel, Friday. Mr Joshua said the new interim terminal will be built at the…