Churches urged to speak up for West Papua people

CHURCHES must stand and speak for the rights of the voiceless in the community. And they should speak in a united voice on the atrocities conducted by Indonesian security forces on the people of West Papua.   Pacific Conference of Churches General Secretary, Reverend Francois Pihaatae said the church had remained silent for too long…

New tower for Tetepare next month

The Tetepare conservation island in the Western province will join the rest of the world through internet and mobile services once Our Telekom sets up a mobile tower there next month. Allan Tipet Bero,Tetepare development  programme coordinator told the Solomon Star yesterday that Our Telekom had approved their application. This means a tower will be…

Mobile banking can boost Savings Clubs

New forms of electronic and mobile phone banking recently introduced in the country can definitely boost and improve the basic services provided by rural savings clubs. This was the message highlighted to participants during the four day savings club workshop co-hosted last week by the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) and the Pacific Financial…

BSP’s branchless banking to Gilbert Camp

Bank South Pacific (BSP) has brought banking to the heart of East Honiara. FF Store, owned by Alick Oitala and Fraser Fulesau is now a BSP Agent, and is equipped and able assist BSP customers to do deposits, make withdrawals and open new BSP Accounts in Gilbert Camp and surrounding areas. Customers can also register…

Ringi community happy with new wharf

The construction of a new wharf at Ringgi, South Kolombangara in the Western province had received positive response and wide support from Ringi and the surrounding communities. Ringgi resident Derol Sikua told the Solomon Star yesterday expressing the excitement the community of Ringgi is going through. Mr Sikua said for so long people in that…

A step forward for Green Tourism

With the signing of the consent agreement this week between the eco-tourism operators at Roderick Bay in West Big Gela, Central province and Green Tourism Solomon Islands Ltd the development of the proposed holiday package for Tapuipui, Saurangi, and Roderick Bay is well underway. A statement from Green Tourism said under the consent agreement, the…

Workshop on timber monitoring

A one-day workshop to allow timber exporters and dealers to better understand and meet certain requirements before exporting their product overseas was held on Tuesday. The workshop was facilitated by the ministry of forestry and the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access program (PHAMA). It focused on the ministry’s forthcoming program of monitoring and verification…

Business mission for SI next week

Businesses are invited to participate in the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council’s trade mission to the Solomon Islands, which begins Monday next week – March 10. The mission is being organised with support from Austrade. The Solomon Islands economy is accelerating its recovery from the severe economic contraction and stagnation caused by ethnic tensions experienced…

SIVB appoints Australia Experience international PR consultant

The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) has appointed Australia-based Mike Parker-Brown to manage its global public relations (PR) portfolio. Announcing the appointment yesterday  SIVB chief executive (CEO) Josefa Tuamoto said Parker-Brown’s high profile and experience both as a journalist and PR practitioner with strong travel industry and media connections made him a good fit for…