PM meets ADB chief

THE visiting President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Takehiko Nakao officially meets Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara late on Tuesday. Mr Nakao arrived on Tuesday afternoon. At the meeting, the two leaders discussed areas of common interests, including, ways to progress sustainable development in Solomon Islands. A statement from the Government Communication Unit…

GOV’T CUTS OFF AMA UNI

THE Ministry of Education will as of next year stop sending students to AMA University in the Philippines. Permanent Secretary Dr Franco Rodie revealed this when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee on Tuesday. “We have finally decided to discontinue sending students under government scholarship to study at AMA as of next year,” Dr…

Consultation on tax review coming up

Tax Review Consultation Programme will be launched in Honiara this Friday August 25. A statement from the Government Communication Unit said, the Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon. Snyder Rini will officially launch the event. “Following the launch, the Tax Review Consultation Committee (TRCC) will conduct and open consultation session. “Attendees will be able to…

PM meets with QLD govt, farmers body

As part of his first official visit to Australia last week, the Prime Minister met with the Queensland Farmer’s Federation and Growcom in Brisbane on Thursday 17th August. This was to discuss avenues to increase the participation of Solomon Islands Seasonal Workers in Queensland farms. A statement from Prime Minister Press Secretariat said, the meeting…

GET READY TO PAY MORE

THE GOVERNMENT has imposed further tax charges on cigarette products as part of controlling smoking in the country. Permanent Secretary (PS) for Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) Harry Kuma revealed this when he appeared before the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Friday. He said government has increased the tax duty for cigarettes and…

PACHA IS NEW DEPUTY SPEAKER

THE Member of Parliament for South Guadalcanal David Dei Pacha is the new Deputy Speaker of Parliament. Pacha was elected unopposed to the post when Parliament resumed on Monday. Pacha and the Member of Parliament for East Fataleka Steve Abana were the two nominees for the position but the latter withdrew his candidacy yesterday morning…

Low turn out at Caucus

Only 17 government ministers and backbenchers attended an urgent Caucus meeting called for on Sunday to ascertain the support of the Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) for the leadership of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Caucus insiders revealed. The meeting was convened amidst reports that 29 Members of Parliament including government ministers and backbenchers have…

GOVERNMENT FILLS THREE PERMANENT SECRETARY POSTS

The Government through the Public Service Commission has filled three vacant Permanent Secretary Positions for three Ministries Friday last week (August18). Among the three appointments, one is a female who has recently completed a Masters in Development Policy (International & Sustainable Development). Ms Karen Barimata Galokale has been appointed as the new PS for the…