ADB to fund Fiu hydro

ASIAN Development Bank (ADB) says Fiu River hydropower project in Malaita province is one of the projects they are considering for funding. Speaking exclusively to the Solomon Star in Sydney this week Hayden Everett, a Senior Country Specialist of the Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office within ADB said Fiu hydro is on their list for…

ADB’s help to Solomons

UNDER the country’s 10-year National Development Strategy for 2011-2020, Asian Development Bank (ADB) is assisting Solomon Islands in a number of specific projects. They are in the area of infrastructure, public sector management, and in renewable energy. Hayden Everett, a Senior Country Specialist of the Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office within the Asian Development Bank…

ADB says funds for optic cable approved and ready

THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) stands ready to kick off the submarine fibre optic cable network once the government indicates where the cables will be connected. Hayden Everett, Senior Country Specialist of the Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office within the Asian Development Bank (ADB) told the Solomon Star in Sydney this week that the project…

Renbell plans to increase revenue collection

RENBELL plans to look into its licensing policies as part of moves to increase its revenue collection. That’s according to the newly appointed provincial secretary Peseika Baiabe. Mr Baiabe said the province’s current business ordinance is quite outdated. “We will be looking at amending it to ensure we collect enough revenue for the province,” he…

Youth market was a great initiative: Taloimatakwa

THE Youth market event last week with the theme youth and corruption organised by SPC Youth at work project was a great initiative. That’s according to Solomon Islands Youth for Change team leader Elwin Taloimatakwa. “The event gives the opportunity for the youths to market their products, showcase their talents and even learn about corruption…

Media gather in Sydney to talk business

Media industry professionals, publishers, proprietors, editors, and journalists from across the Pacific are gathering in Sydney for the inaugural Asian Development Bank (ADB) Pacific Business Media Summit. Senior media from eight Pacific countries are attending, including representatives from Fiji TV, Fiji Times, Matangi Tonga, Solomon Star, Talamu Media Samoa, Papua New Guinea (PNG) National Broadcasting…

Forest vital for the region

INTERNATIONAL Day of Forests had a particular importance for the Pacific region. That’s according to Inoke Ratukalou, director of Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Land Resources Division. He was speaking on the International Day of Forest on March 21. “This day, which aims to celebrate and raise awareness on the importance of all types…

Near disaster at Auki power station

THE Solomon Islands Electrical Authority (SIEA), Auki power station escaped what could have been a disaster. One of the exhaust pipe outlets at the station’s roof top caught fire on Monday. The building’s roof caught fire from the heat, forcing site workers to scramble and nearby residents and Auki Primary School to be put on…