Deep sea minerals community of practice for the Pacific

Apia, Samoa – The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union will establish a community of practice for Pacific Islands’ policy officers and legislative drafters involved in deep sea minerals. The new initiative is a key outcome of an intensive regional training workshop on deep sea minerals policy formulation and legislative drafting…

Parliament Reaches West Guadalcanal Rural Schools

The Parliamentary Civic Department has successfully completed its education outreach program for schools in West Guadalcanal from 19th to 21st May 2015. The program stemmed out from the fourth Parliamentary Strategic objective which is to develop the education and outreach work of Parliament and the representative role of Members of Parliament (MPs). Presentations were based…

Kauha: Why I was removed

THE outgoing Permanent Secretary (PS) for Mines, Jeffery Kauha said his removal from office was influenced by certain Minister within the Cabinet. These are same Ministers who influenced Cabinet’s decision in reshuffling two Ministers and the whole Rennell mining saga it was alleged. “These well respected leaders have tied up link with some Mining companies…

Independent office remain calm with DCC

AN insider from the office of the Independent group has confirmed to this paper that they remain committed to work with the Democratic Coalition for Change government to implement their policies. Speaking to the media, the insider said that the current political climate is stable, despite controversial decision making by the DCC government hitting headlines…

Maelanga: Independent Group supports Opposition’s view

Leader of the Independent Group Honourable Manasseh Maelanga says his Independent Group holds the same view with the opposition. He responds to media call for their reactions towards the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government’s decision over some national issues that sparked public outrage. Speaking to this paper, Maelanga confirmed that their views are going…

Gov’t close to set up anti-corruption body

The Government has moved one step closer to delivering on one of its key policy initiatives, that of establishing Solomon Islands’ own Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). ICAC – a brainchild of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare – is a key policy initiative adopted by the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government. It is collaborating with…

Civil Society organizations open day today

The Civil Society Organizations open day is set to kick off its 3-day event at the National Art Gallery. The event is hosted by the Development Services Exchange with the support of Oxfam Solomon Islands. Development services Exchange is an umbrella organization for Civil Society Organizations in Solomon Islands which has 60 registered NGO members…

PEC list for first hearing

The High Court case challenging the validity of the Member of Parliament Entitlements Commission (PEC) Amendment Regulation 2015 has been listed for first hearing on June 5. The case number 175 of 2015 has been filed by private lawyer Andrew Radclyffe on behalf of claimants Waita Ben Tabusasi, Ruth Liloqula, Hon Derick Manu’ari, Tony Hughes…

Japan to boost its presence here

JAPAN will upgrade its office in Honiara to embassy level. Its Prime Minister Shinzo Abe affirmed this over the weekend when he held bilateral talks with Deputy Prime Minister Douglas Ete in the Japanese city of Iwaki. The talks were held at the conclusion of the seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM), which Mr Ete attended…

PS of Mines fired

Permanent Secretary (PS) Ministry of Mines, Energy & Rural Electrification Jeffrey Kauha, has been terminated from office. The revelation came as the Mines Director; Peter Auga also reported received a suspension letter last week said, to be related to the Rennell Mining saga. Kauha this week confirmed receiving his termination letter May 22 2015. “Yes,…