New Marau Sound tourism association

A new tourism association has been formed over the weekend known as the Marau Sound tourism association. This came after a delegation from the Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) visited the area over the weekend. The association was formed on Saturday after a meeting with SIVB. SIVB was excused when the election took place. And…

Operators learn difference about SIVB, ministry

LOCAL tourism operators in Marau, east Guadalcanal on Saturday learn about the different functions Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) and ministry of culture and tourism and the role they played in the tourism industry in Solomon Islands. SIVB board of director Andrew Nihopara explained the difference of these two organisations after operators asked about it.…

SIVB officials visit Marau tourism operators

A delegation from the Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) conducted their third provincial visits to Marau Sound, East Guadalcanal. The first two provincial visits were made to Auki and Gizo early this year. The visit to Marau Sound last Friday was headed by SIVB board of director representatives Andrew Nihopara, SIVB chief executive officer (CEO)…

Tuamoto highlights Marau’s tourism potentials

Solomon Island Visitors Bureau (SIVB) chief executive officer (CEO) Josefa Tuamoto says Marau Sound is a tourism potential region in the country. The only thing they need to and get the industry going is working in partnership. Mr Tuamoto highlighted this during a meeting organized by SIVB for all tourism operators in Marau Sound on…

Wave power proposed

THE need to access cheap renewable energy in the pacific is getting Asian Development Bank (ADB) talking and planning into investing in wave power as an option for energy provision in the future. According to ADB’s senior Pacific energy specialist Anthony Maxwell, renewable energy is fast becoming a viable option for Pacific Island countries in…

Why our gold bars in HK

CENTRAL Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) says investing the country’s gold bars in Hong Kong (HK) is important because of its closeness to buyers. The bank was responding to questions raised by Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) as to why CBSI has recently deposited the seven gold bars in Hong Kong (HK) and not in the…

Economist to lead Fiji’s oldest political party

ECONOMIST and former University of the South Pacific academic Professor Biman Prasad is the National Federation Party’s new leader. Prof Prasad was elected to lead the country’s oldest political party at the party’s AGM at the Nadi Sangam College last week. In his maiden speech, the vocal economist called on the Prime Minister, Rear Admiral…

Training for regional middle managers

ABOUT 30 middle level managers, team leaders and potential managers from the region completed a two-week training organised by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority and the Papua New Guinea Inland Revenue Commission on Friday. The third Pacific Managers Development Program (PMDP) training is a specialised course on project management. “The program is aimed at…

Structural shift in technology

There is a structural shift in terms of infrastructure from centrally diesel generation to renewable energy, says Asian Development Bank senior Pacific energy specialist Anthony Maxwell. During the ADB Pacific Business Media Summit in Sydney, Australia, last week, Mr Maxwell said many parts of the world were focusing on renewable energy by providing government subsidies…

Melanesia faces problem with energy access

MELANESIAN countries continue to battle the issue of energy access and connectivity to electricity power. Speaking at the Asian Development Bank Pacific Business Media Summit last week in Sydney, Australia, Pacific energy specialist Anthony Maxwell said access rates for countries such as PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu ranged from 12 per cent to 25 per…