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…

Development of Pacific media

DEVELOPING professionalism in the region’s media sector is one of the main objectives of the Pacific Islands News Association, says PINA president Moses Stevens. Despite the many challenges faced by the organisation, Mr Stevens said this level of professionalism would empower Pacific Island people to share their own stories to the world. He was speaking…

PAP pledges to review business laws

A PEOPLE’S Alliance Party led Government will review the country’s Investment Act so national entrepreneurs can be protected from unfair competition posed by rich investors. The decision to review the Investment Act was agreed on at the party’s recent executive meeting in Honiara. PAP Media Officer, George Atkin reports the meeting heard how the Investment…

CYP centre staff thanked

STAFF of the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) Pacific Centre in Honiara, were farewelled Thursday, as the office comes to its closure. THE Ministry of Women, Youth, and Children Affairs organised the farewell ceremony. The ministry’s director of youth Edward Anisitolo commended the CYP staff for their service to the organisation during its operations here. He…

Women in business under-reported

WOMEN participation in business in the region has been under-reported, a media seminar in Sydney was told this week. Speaking in a panel made up of three female journalists,Makareta Komai, PACNEWS editor, highlighted that the issue of women empowerment in the business sector had been given low media attention and coverage by the regional media.…

NZ to fund Susubona wharf

THE New Zealand government will help to fund the construction of the Susubona wharf in Isabel province this year. According to information released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which was obtained by the Solomon Star in Sydney this week the grant finance will come from the government of New Zealand. However, the funds for…