Business training for Tina hydro landowners

NINE individuals from Tina Hydro landholding tribes completed a business training organised for them, Friday. Solomon Islands Small Business Enterprise Centre (SISBEC) conducted the training to educate resource owners business and investment opportunities. The five-day business training ended with presentation of certificates. Among the nine trainees are four women, all of whom came from the…

Growth potentials identified

THE future of economic growth of the country depends on three sources. They include: –         The services ( commerce, etc.) for 20 % –         A small industry about 22 % –         The agriculture (45 %) which include essentially logging –         Other sources of growth, which are promising, are virtually untapped, tourism 2% and mining 4%…

Road carnage

Two dead, one in critical condition TWO students are dead and the third in critical condition after their vehicle crashed in the Foxwood area of east Honiara, in the early hours of yesterday. Police say the students are of Don Bosco College. “The vehicle they are travelling is a RAV4 and was on high speed,”…

New models sought for fisheries surveillance

THE Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) says the system for monitoring and surveillance of the region’s fisheries is operating un-sustainably and needs to change. The policing system has been heavily reliant on aid for for more than a decade. A review of the programme by the Forum Fisheries Agency is being presented to Pacific ministers in…

Education leaders meet

PACIFIC education leaders from Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Solomon Islands have gathered in Nadi this week for the presentation and discussion of benchmarked education results. Benchmarking provides a baseline against which the performance of education systems can be monitored, both internally to track change over time, and externally, in comparison with other systems, especially…

$100M school project nears completion

THE Government, through the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD), will soon complete a nationwide school infrastructure project valued at $100 million. The project, which comprised of new classroom buildings and the renovation of existing ones, was implemented in 2015 and 2016 is expected to be completed by June 30 before being handed…

Forum will observe 2016 Nauru election

THE Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat will send a mission to observe the 2016 elections in Nauru on 9th July. The observer mission comes in response to an invitation from Nauru’s Electoral Commission and the Government of Nauru. “The Pacific Islands Forum is committed to ensuring free, safe and credible elections across the region” said Secretary…

Claire ends her term here

CLAIRE Cochrane arrived in the Solomon Islands in 2013, ready to make a difference in her new role as Counsellor Governance at the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. Three years later, she is concluding her posting as the Acting Deputy High Commissioner and Minister Counsellor Development and having contributed significantly to improvements in the…

MSG endorses Yauvoli as director

FIJI’S Ambassador for Climate Change and Oceans Amena Yauvoli was formally endorsed by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) as its director-general. Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola confirmed this following a meeting of the MSG at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka. “Senior officials of the MSG met on Tuesday and Wednesday and documented the…