SI, Indonesia sign development cooperation framework, grant deal

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Jeremiah Manele and his Indonesian counterpart Ibu Retno Marsudi signed the Development Cooperation Framework Agreement between Solomon Islands and Indonesia on Friday 6th December in Bali. Speaking to the media after the historical signing, Minister Manele expressed appreciation for the partnership between Solomon Islands and Indonesia and…

Anti-corruption day today

International Anti-corruption Day 2019 will be celebrated today in Honiara. As part of the event a parade will take place this morning from 8.30am from the Honiara City Council (HCC) car park all the way down to the Museum Auditorium. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will deliver the keynote address. Parliament made a special adjournment to…

Local tourism promoted in Japan

TOURISM Solomons, in partnership with the Solomon Islands Tourism Office in Tokyo, facilitated an international tourism promotion talk in Tokyo to all tourism investors, travel agents, and tourism businesses operators across Japan.  The event attracted more than 30 participants with different tourism backgrounds and interest to the Solomon Islands and the South Pacific. On 3rd…

Local journos in China

Eleven journalists representing the mainstream media, private sector and Government Communication Unit are currently in China on a “cultural exchange” trip from 5th-14th December. The trip was arranged by a task force from the Chinese Embassy in Papua New Guinea (PNG), after a meeting with members of the local media in November. Deputy Secretary to…

Students unhappy with China delay

LOCAL students studying in Taiwan have expressed their disappointment over the government’s delay in responding to their call not to move them to China following the recent diplomatic switch.  The Solomon Star understands the Minister of Education and Human Resource Development (MERHD) had already received the letter from the students, which was hand delivered to…

Wale raises concern about inflation

Opposition leader Mathew Wale says headline inflation for 2020 is projected at 2.2%, a slight increase on 2019.  Wale said the upward pressure is caused mostly by imported inflation from higher fuel prices, and some contribution from diminishing supply of local foods driving prices up.  “It ought to be noted that the inflation data and…

In Court with Assumpta Buchanan

Man who allegedly faked his death changes lawyer Ruling next for former MP Man who allegedly faked his death changes lawyer THE man who allegedly faked his death and obtained $76,000 from a local pharmacist in Honiara has changed his legal representation. Peter Fakaia, who faces three counts of false pretences is now engaging private…