Constituency takes delivery of road equipment

NORTH Guadalcanal Constituency (NGC) has finally taken delivery of heavy plant equipment from the government yesterday to help with its road infrastructure development. A ceremony to officially hand over and dedicate those machineries was held at the Pitukoli village in North Guadalcanal. The machines include three dump trucks and one excavator. “This is to help…

Why fisheries reject Aipia’s project

UNDER Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Ferral Lasi on Wednesday explained the reason why they disallowed Dr Aipia’s beche-de-mer project, saying the species is regulated through a ban. He said the letter of endorsement from the Minister back in 2014 to Dr Aipia and his business partner is not equivalent to…

Solomons chocolate to feature in NZ show

SOLOMON Islands chocolate will be amongst coffee and chocolate products from five Pacific Island countries to be showcased at the fourth Chocolate & Coffee Show on Auckland’s waterfront this weekend. The show features all things related to chocolate and coffee. Pacific Trade & Invest (PTI) New Zealand will host Samoa’s Koko Loa and ELife, Tonga’s…

RSIPF welcomes critics, denies PRT raid claim

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) welcomes public criticism for an allegation of misconduct during a police raid over the weekend which claim that Police Response Team (PRT) was involved. A statement by the Police Media said, the Island Sun newspaper issue number 2705 reported that PRT is under public criticism over its treatment…

Gov’t pursues UN peace-building fund

THE United Nations Peace Building Support Office is currently working with the Solomon Islands Government towards eligibility to the UN sponsored Peace Building Fund. This was highlighted by the Assistant Secretary-General for the UN Peace Building Support Office, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco in a meeting with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare at the margins of the UN General…

NCW slams govt’s informal response

GENERAL Secretary of the National Council of Women Casper Fa’asala has slammed the informal response by the acting Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga when receiving the petition by the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) for the re-introduction of the anti-corruption bill, Tuesday. Mr Maelanga received the petition at the main entrance to the Prime Minister’s Office where…

Ricoh boss in Honiara

RICOH Managing Director, Michael Pollok, has arrived in Honiara as part of the New Zealand Pacific Business Council trade mission. Mr Pollok is joined by other New Zealand business executives who hope to strengthen trade links between the Solomon Islands and New Zealand. “The Solomon Islands is a nation of tremendous economic potential,” says Mr…

PM in New York for UNGA meeting

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has arrived in New York on Monday for the 72nd United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) this week. Mr Sogavare was accompanied by the Minister of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) John Dean Kuku and the Minister for Culture and Tourism Bartholomew Parapolo and other officials. The 72nd UN General Assembly…

SICCI at World Chambers Congress in Sydney

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) is among international private sector representatives at the 10th World Chambers Congress 2017 currently underway in Sydney this week. SICCI Chair Jay Bartlett and CEO Dennis Meone joined global business leaders on invitation by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) rubbing shoulders with over 1,000 delegates…

Dausabea fumes over fishery export permits

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, Trade and Industries Solomon Islands (ICCTISI) Charles Dausabea says Cabinet owes an explanation to the nation why it has directed the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to issue only four bêche-de-mer export licenses this year. Dausabea said cabinet must keep out from interfering in…