NGOs tell PM to include them in talks

The umbrella body of Solomon Islands Non-Government Organisations, Development Services Exchange, has told the Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare to include them in discussions. Secretary General of the Development Services Exchange, Nancy Jolo made the call following Mr Sogavare’s assurance that his government will work together with partners including NGOs and Civil Society when addressing the…

Ausaid cuts interrupt projects

The Australian Government aid cuts have interrupted Solomon Islands sanitation and health programs. Australia’s Greens has said to have village projects halted half way through completion is wrong, and has left many Australians ashamed about how the government is operating. Greens party spokesperson on aid, Senator Lee Rhiannon says more aid cuts announced by Canberra…

Coconut continues to entice economy

Coconut is Solomon Islands green gold and the tree of life, says the Chairman of the Virgin Coconut Oil Producers Association, David Rosalio. He said coconut farmers have over the years been contributing to the economy of Solomon Islands. Mr Rosalio said the Virgin Coconut Oil Producers Association will work together with the Democratic Coalition…

MP urges gov’t to boost farmers

The newly elected Solomon Islands Member of Parliament for West Makira, Derek Manuari is calling on the government to develop his constituency. He says cocoa farmers, copra producers, fishermen and timber millers from his constituency have been contributing to the national economy, therefore they deserve government assistance. Mr Manuari said many copra producers and cocoa…

SIVB CEO welcomes PM’s stance on tourism

THE Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau chief executive officer Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto has “warmly welcomed” Prime Minister Manassah Sogavare’s pledge to prioritise the country’s tourism industry   In one of his first addresses since being elected to the role earlier this month, the Prime Minister said that previous governments had overlooked the potential the tourism sector offers…

MSG secretariat congratulates SI, Fiji

The Director General of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat, Mr Peter Forau has congratulated the Governments of Fiji and Solomon Islands for amicably agreeing to lift the suspension of flights between both countries. Mr Forau said, ‘both countries have met and negotiated the matter on several occasions over the past year and it is…