ROC pledges $1.13m for hospital renovation

THE Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has pledged SBD$1.13 Million for refurbishing National Referral Hospital as part of an ongoing support to deliver better medical services in the country. A statement from the Taiwan Embassy said, on behalf of the ROC Government, Minister Warren Wang of the ROC (Taiwan) Embassy handed over the…

MRD told recipients to use project wisely

Seventeen projects recipients on Tikopia Island in Temotu Province have been told to use their project wisely in their community to generate income for community and their families. Deputy Director of the Ministry of Rural Development Matilda Watesao highlighted this when she addressed people of Tikopia last Tuesday. About 17 individual projects for Tikopia have…

Health research symposium underway

The first ever national health research symposium is currently underway. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are hosting the event. The symposium is being held at the SINU Kukum Campus which kicked off on Thursday and will end Friday.  A jointed statement…

NTF in ‘Building Back Better’

Contractors engaged by the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) are still working hard to protect roads damaged in the April 2014 Honiara flood disaster. Vara Creek road was seriously threatened when the Mataniko River burst its banks during the flooding.   MID’s  contractor EMCO Pacific (SI) Ltd recently completed a 110m long sheet pile wall on…

Tourism industry holds AGM

Solomon Islands Tourism Industry Association (SITIA) on Wednesday successfully conducted their annual general meeting (AGM) at Mendana Hotel. One of the activities was the election of the SITIA new executive committee members. Speaking on behalf of the government during the opening of the annual general meeting, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism…

Police stages Orange day campaign

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) through the Community Policing & National Family Violence Unit staged ORANGE DAY on Tuesday, 25th August 2015. The launch started at Honiara City Council compound and ended at Poha community. Further out within our provinces, ORANGE DAY campaign was also staged at Auki, Gizo, Kira Kira and Tingoa.…

PAC chairman attends Pacific PAC meeting

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee and MP for Small Malaita, Hon. Rick Hou has attended an inaugural meeting of Pacific Public Accounts Committees (PAC) in Wellington, New Zealand, on 26 and 27 August 2015. Accompanied him to this very important meeting is the PAC Secretary Mrs. Jasmine Waleafea of the National Parliament…

Awareness on prohibited marine species

AN awareness program to inform the public on prohibited species under the Fisheries Regulation is being carried at the two markets in Honiara. It is being carried out by the compliance Unit of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) at the Central Market and Fishing Village on Saturdays and Sunday respectively. The intention…

Report: Gov’t must lead the way in reform

A RECENTLY launched land reform report has stated that the government must lead the process of land reform in Solomon Islands. The report said, that Individual champions for reform are not enough. “For reform processes to be sustainable they must be led by the government and any new arrangements must be embedded by the government.…