World Bank Group to help in WTO trade facilitation agreement

The World Bank Group yesterday launched a new program which will help developing countries reduce costs and improve speed and efficiency of trade at their borders by simplifying their customs procedures. The Trade Facilitation Support Program, supported by Australia, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Norway and Switzerland, will make US$30 million available in…

SICCI explains awards

 Following the number of enquiries being received at the Solomon Islands chamber of commerce and industry (SICCI) office concerning awards and award categories, the chamber has came out to inform the nine awards on offer. Two of the awards, Business Woman of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year are individual awards. Only women and…

Call to explain government’s budget

The Government’s low revenue intake for 2014 first quarter has raised serious concerns that seek explanation from the ministry of finance and treasury. It was revealed the government revenue for the first quarter has not even hit half the budgeted figure which raised serious concerns. The Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) technical head Martin Housanau calls…

Suspect arrested for attempted rape

A fifty-six year old man has been arrested at the Henderson market area, east Honiara for an attempted rape on a seven year old girl on Tuesday evening. The alleged incident occurred between 7-8pm on Tuesday 15th July. Police said the suspect has been arrested and now is remanded in police custody awaiting his court…

Government announces new Police Commissioner

The Government wishes to announce that Mr. Frank Prendergast of Australia is the new Commissioner of Police of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force. Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo on Thursday advised His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui, of the appointment of Mr. Prendergast in pursuant to section 43 (2) of the constitution…

Festival kicks off today

The much awaited 2014 Aquilla Talasasa festival will officially open today at the Kennedy stadium in Gizo. Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB), Prime Minister Office (PMO) and Bowmans Ltd are the major sponsors of this festival. Kawea Tiroia, festival coordinator told the Solomon Star in Gizo on Tuesday that the festival is being organized at…

SIVB supports festival

The Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) on Tuesday handed over a cheaque of $15, 000  to the organisers of the 2014 Aquila Talasasa festival set to start today in Gizo. SIVB event organize officer Stella Lucas handed over the cheaqu to the organizing committee saying, the money is to support the committee organize the event.…

Voices gear up for awards night

The popular choral group established last year by the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), Solomon Voices will once again perform at the 2014 Solomon Islands Business Excellence Awards Gala Night scheduled for Saturday 30th August at the Heritage Park Hotel’s A’Hara Conference Centre. Since the SI BEA Gala event of March 2013,…

Healthy village initiative launches in Rannogah

People in central Rannogah would today witness the official launching of the healthy village setting initiative. Minister of health Hon Charles Sigoto, permanent secretary of health Dr Lester Ross and Under Secretary Dr Tenneth Dalipanda would launch this program at Rava village. Rava village is the firstever village to undertake the initiative. In an interview…

Seghe operating theatre saves lives

THE new medical operating theatre at Seghe area health centre in Marovo, Western province has saved many lives since it opened last year. The medical operating theatre opened May last year and doctors travelling down to Marovo have performed multiple operations down there. Called Bishop Wilfred Kurepitu operating theatre, it was funded by the Marovo…