SPC and PIDF join hands for sustainable development

 (SPC), Nadi, Fiji –  The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) last week made a commitment to work together to address issues relating to sustainable development in the Pacific region. This follows the signing of a four-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) between SPC’s Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, and…

ADB supports Samoa in AgriBusiness

APIA, SAMOA – Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President Lakshmi Venkatachalam and Samoan Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi last week launched an AgriBusiness Support Project that will provide business support services and financing to agribusinesses in Samoa. “Agribusinesses provide jobs and income, so their development will play a critical role in promoting…

Waitt institute acknowledged

Government through the ministry of environment, climate change, disaster management and meteorology has thanked Waitt Institute from the United States (US) for freely offering their facilities and boat to conduct a two week of marine research in the Western province. The institute works with committed local governments and the scientific community to develop comprehensive, practical…

New species found here

New species of frogs, birds and snakes have been discovered at Borukua Island commonly known as Mary Island at the border of Western province and Russell Island. One of the local environmentalists Patrick Pikacha who accompanied a team of US scientists conducted marine research in Western province onboard   MV Plan B discovered these species during…

NPF: Don’t use double names

Solomon Island National Provident Fund (SINPF) has discovered that a number of employees have registered more than one names when paying their contributions. In an interview with the Solomon Star during the financial inclusive expo held at the National Art Gallery (NAG) on Friday a spokesperson for the fund said they have found out that…

NPF urges employees to fill nominee form

Solomon Island National Provident Fund (SINPF) is urging employees who fail to nominate someone in their NFP nominee form to do so. This was highlighted during the financial inclusion expo held at National Art Gallery last week. The spokesperson said many employees who pay their NPF contribution failed to fill their NPF nominee form and…

Journos urged to advocate in mine watch

Foreign miners are digging deep into our land while local journalists are not digging enough stories says an environmental activist. PNG’s mine watch organization ‘Bismarck Ramu Group’ networking coordinator Rosa Koian during an exclusive interview last week urged journalists in Solomon Islands to actively participate and acquire know-how basis about mining operations. Concentration of mining…

Call for more financial expo

The deputy premier of Renbel province has commended the two days financial expo held in Honiara last week and suggested that such event be organized every month. Kusol Tepuke made this remarks when he visited the expo on Friday. He said the expo is an excellent initiative to pass vital financial information to people who…

Marine gets tough

Seafarers without qualified safety training warned to vacate ship The Solomon Island maritime division is taking tough measures against seafarers who are working in inter-island vessels without any marine basic safety certificate (MBSC). Those found without any qualification will be asked to vacate the boats. Marine principal officer Kendol Boso made this strong reminder in…

Rennell under miners’ radar

Commercially viable bauxite deposits found on island More than 26 million tonnes of commercially viable bauxite deposits were found in west Rennell island. Asia Pacific Investment and Development Limited (APID) revealed this in an environmental report produced after it carried out prospecting on the site. APID is a joint venture company between foreigners and some…