Visitor arrivals stay on track

HOT on the heels of a strong Q1 performance across all source markets, Solomon Islands visitation has continued on in positive mode with figures recorded for April 2016 showing a 2.8 per cent increase. Official Solomon Islands Government statistics released last week show a total of 1799 international visitors arrived across the month compared to…

Call for dialogue to settle dispute

LANDOWNERS and Chiefs of Vanikoro Island in the Vatud Constituency, Temotu province have called on their Member of Parliament (MP) Freda Tuki for a negotiation to settle the current dispute on the Island. The dispute referred to was in relation to the incident at Vanikoro that happened on Sunday, where villagers of Vanikoro allegedly ransacked…

Discussion on aid program for post-RAMSI era

Honiara and Canberra have commenced dialogue on the design of a new development assistance programme to succeed Australia’s development assistance programme to Solomon Islands through the Regional Assistance Mission in the post-RAMSI era. Australian development assistance programme through RAMSI focusses on the strengthening of the police and correctional services, judicial system and governance machinery. An…

New boat for East Kwaio

East Kwaio will take delivery of a new landing craft today in Honiara. This was revealed by a constituency officer to the paper. This is part of an effort by the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Kwaio Stanley Sofu in fulfilling the dreams of the people in his constituency, who have longed to have…

Taiwan grants SINU lecturers scholarship

Three lecturers from Solomon Islands National University (SINU) have been granted scholarships to study in Taiwan. Ambassador Victor Yu yesterday congratulated Benjamin Harry Bezo, Jack Vamana and Richard Tatau, on their admission to the Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU). In order to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of health, the Republic of China (Taiwan) established…

SI joins conference on political stability

Representatives of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC), the Political Parties Commission, civil society and political parties have joined regional leaders at a conference in Fiji to discuss political and parliamentary stability. The conference, titled “Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16 in Melanesia: Creating Political and Parliamentary Stability to Catalyse Development”, brings together leaders and decision…

ACP applauds Choviri community

Assistant Commissioner of Police Operations, Gabriel Manelusi applauded Choviri community in establishing and aligning its working committee with the national crime prevention strategy. Manelusi uttered over the weekend when launching the Choviri for Change committee. “Police is happy and grateful for such initiative taken by the Choviri community in reinforcing upholding of the law at…

SICCI supports coconut products development

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) participated in the International Training on Coconut Products Development held early this month at the Palmae Research Institute (BALIT PALMA) in Indonesia. The training was conducted as a development cooperation program on the field of coconut development for farmers, small farmer groups and other small organisations…

Summit aims to agree on way forward

THE three days Solomon Islands National Urban Conference (SINUC) aims to conclude and agree on a (the)  way forward to improve urban planning and development in Solomon Islands. The summit which was officially opened on Monday by the Minister for Lands, Housing & Survey Hon. Moses Garu will conclude today. “By the end of day…