Taiwan reacts to comments

TAIWAN’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Joanne Ou says they felt Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s statement does not reflect the complete picture of the Taiwan-Solomon Islands relations. Ou was responding to comments Sogavare made in an interview with the Australian National University’s Little Red Podcast, whose contents were released this week. The interview was conducted…

Malaita supports US offer 

MALAITA Premier Daniel Suidani has declared his Executive and people’s support for the development package proposed by the United States ambassador Catherine Ebert-Grey during her meeting with the Malaitan MPs earlier this week.   The premier said Malaita has been a province that has been neglected by succeeding governments for too long and its people have…

Muaki: the time is right

There is no other good time to decide the China/Taiwan than now says political commentators and former Special Secretary to the Prime Minister Andrew Muaki. “The timing is right for Solomon Islands to put this issue before the table to decide it once and for all,” said Muaki in an exclusive interview with Solomon Star on…

Comments clarified

The Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) yesterday clarified the background and context of the comment by Prime Minister labeling Taiwan as ‘useless’ that appeared in our front page publication on Thursday. A statement from the OPMC said the interview was initially derived from a podcast from The Red Podcast site.  The confidential…

Kenilorea: PM’s ‘Useless’ ROC comments

IT is truly unfortunate to hear and read of the expressed sentiments by Prime Minister  Manasseh Sogavare describing the relations between Solomon Islands and Taiwan as ‘useless’.  That’s according to the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) Chairman and Member of Parliament for East Are’are Peter Kenilorea Jnr. “It is an unfortunate choice of words to describe…

US envoy meets Malaita leaders

LEADERS from Malaita met the visiting United States ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray, during which they discussed the economic challenges the province is facing.   The meeting took place at the Sir Paul Tovua parliamentary complex, where Ambassador Ebert-Gray reiterated U.S. commitment to the Pacific region and Solomon Islands.  Apart from economic challenges, discussions also focused on…

Bartlett: SI yet to get much of its advantage  

SOLOMON Islands’ advantage to capitalise its strategic 21st century is yet to be fully appreciated and capitalised such as opportunities to be a central hub in aviation trade and shipping.   Chairman of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce (SICCI) Jay Bartlett uttered the statement when delivering his opening remarks of the two-day Australia-Solomon Islands Business…

Concern about school learning environment

MOST schools in Malaita Province do not have conducive classrooms that will trigger students to learn to read and write effectively. That’s according to the Malaita Provincial Literacy Trainer Jeremy Igita.  Igita shared light on this in an exclusive interview with the Solomon Star Auki. “It’s a sad reality that should be addressed to ensure…

ACOM to enthrone new Archbishop

THE Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) will enthrone and install the Right Reverend Leonard Dawea to be the 7th Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia at Saint Barnabas Provincial Cathedral this Sunday the 15th September. All Anglican members in and around Honiara are welcomed to join the live broadcast service on SIBC, Telekom TV…

PACER Plus awareness rolled out in Malaita

THIRTY participants from the Malaita Provincial Government, private sector, and line government ministries were present as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET),in collaboration with Customs Division,carried out an awareness program on the Pacific Agreement on Close Economic Relations (PACER Plus) in Auki on Wednesday. The awareness program is part of Solomon Islands’…