RAMSI may end in September

THE Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) is looking at decommissioning the Regional Assistant Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in September. PIF senior representatives made the consideration after hearing the priorities and plans of the Solomon Islands government (SIG) and RAMSI at the 12th meeting of the Enhanced Consultative Mechanism (ECM) held in Honiara on Thursday last…

Gov’t remains united on Anti-Corruption Bill

THE DEMOCRATIC Coalition for Change (DCC) government remains united in its plan to adopt the Anti Corruption Bill. Special Secretary to Prime Minister, Andrew Muaki said reports of a division within the government were fabricated. Mr Muaki earlier said the Anti-Corruption Bill 2016 reflects Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government signature policy to address incidents…

Town ground plaza case adjourned for pre-trial

The matter involving the town ground plaza has been further adjourned to April 21, for a pre-trial conference. The pre-trial conference was not conducted last week as scheduled because prosecution has just handed the documents for the conference over to the defence counsel. The defence counsel would therefore need time to go through the documents…

CBSI releases last quarter of 2015 economic review

The Central Bank of the Solomon Islands (CBSI) has published the December 2015 Quarterly Economic Review on the CBSI website (www.cbsi.com.sb), Friday. The December Economic Review contains an assessment of how the domestic economy performed in 2015 as well as the near term macroeconomic outlook. Preliminary estimates from the Bank showed the domestic economy grew…

SIPA is doing us favour: Ashley

WHEN an indigenous Solomon Islander pays for a packet of instant noodle for $2 instead of $3, SIPA ensures a dollar is saved by a local Solomon Islander. Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) legal advisor Charles Ashley said the SIPA reform was for the good of a local and a pain to a foreign businessman.…

New Archbishop enthroned

Thousands gathered at the Provincial Cathedral of Saint Barnabas on Sunday morning to witness the installation and enthronement of the new Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia the Most Reverend George Takeli. Archbishop Takeli, from Ulawa in Makira Province is the sixth Archbishop of Melanesia and Bishop of the Diocese of Central Melanesia. Speaking…

Moves to oust PM

THE current ruling Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government is said to be going through a turbulence period following claims of mounting pressure to have the Prime Minister removed. The move is set to go ahead if nothing is being done immediately by Manasseh Sogavare to solve the ongoing controversial issues surrounding the Solomon Islands…

Govt ceases deal with Skyline Group

THE Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Solomon Islands Government and the Skyline Investment Group of Companies which was sealed on 7 August 2015 has now been cancelled. Special Secretary to the Prime Minister (SSPM) Andrew Muaki said the MOU was terminated this week. The news was already communicated to the Director of Skyline Investment…

Malaita submits resolutions to PM

MALAITA provincial government has presented a number of resolutions to the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) last week. The list of resolutions was handed over to the Think Tank group which met with the Malaita Premier and executive. In an interview with the Malaita premier Peter channel Ramohia said seeing that all the major projects in…

Australia supports affordable housing

AUSTRALIA is supporting the development of affordable residential property in Honiara through the placement of a newly-arrived Australian Business Volunteer. Roseline Deleu, Market Analysis Expert and Home Designer, will work with Solomon Islands Home Finance Limited (SIHFL) over the next three months to assist the organisation to meet its main objective of developing affordable residential…