SIEA meets Fiu River landowners

SOLOMON Islands Electricity Authority (SIEA) top officials have met this week to discuss the proposed Fiu River hydro project. Pradip Verma, Chief Executive Officer of SIEA, met the Task Force of the Customary Landowners on Tuesday. The meeting was facilitated by the Provincial Government in Auki and Honourable Peter Ramohia (Premier), Honourable AlickMaeaba (Deputy Premier),…

CBSI issues new monetary policy stance

FOLLOWING a Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, the Governor and Chairman of the Board, Denton Rarawa announced that the CBSI monetary policy stance for the next 6 months will remain accommodative but with a particular bias towards addressing the excess liquidity in the banking system. A statement from…

Call to preserve originallocal artefacts in Museum

THE Solomon Island Artist Associations (SIAA) Presidentis calling on government through the Museum Division in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to start collecting originallocal artifacts and preserve them at the National Museum. Barney Rooney made the call during the two days draft Solomon Islands Intellectual Property Strategy workshop held this week in Honiara. The…

SI yet to be a WIPO member

SOLOMON Island is yet to become a registered member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Despite that the country continues to receive support from WIPO. Director of Culture Division in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) Dennis Marita revealed this during a two days draft Solomon Islands Intellectual Property Rights Strategy’ facilitated by…

Validating our draft intellectual property strategy

Government Officials from the Ministries of Justice and Legal Affairs, Culture and Tourism and Foreign Affairs and External Trade are meeting in Honiara this week to validate a draft Solomon Islands Intellectual Property Strategy. The workshop is to give stakeholders previously involved in consultations and other interest groups an overview of the draft strategy. It…

Top Australian film crew coming

Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau(SIVB)  and Solomon Airlines have combined resources to host a major Australian travel film crew on an 11-day shoot in the country. A joint statement said, the visit by Channel Seven Australia’s ‘The Travel Bug’ is part of a major thrust aimed at showcasing the many and varied attractions the Solomon Islands…

Committee formed to look at assembly house relocation

A COMMITTEE has been established to discuss and look at options to relocate the current provincial assembly house. The first meeting was held on Wednesday. The seven committee members are; •      George S Lilo .MPA (south Rendova Ward) Chairperson •      Richard Tekifono (Speaker to the Assembly) Deputy Chairperson •      Wayne Maepioh ,MPA(Ngatokae Ward)Member •      Ramrakha…

Workshops to strengthen MSG trade

PORT VILA, (MSG) – A series of workshops for Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) countries are underway in Port Vila, Vanuatu on issues relating to the MSG Trade Agreement. Four events are scheduled with the workshop on Rules of Origin held this week on Tuesday 14th April, followed by the Technical Working Group meeting on Trade…

New Awards to MPs

ALL Members of Parliament are now entitled to life pensions under latest awards approved by the Parliament Entitlements Commission. Previously, those who served for only a term in parliament are not entitled to pension. But under a new award the commission approved recently, a MP who served a term is entitled to a life pension…

Son cleared of father’s death

A MAN accused of the murder of his father at Gilbert Camp, Honiara last month, has been freed yesterday. This was after Principal Magistrate Edwin Saramo acquitted James Hou, following insufficient evidence to link him with his father’s death. He said according to the evidence, witnesses confirmed the deceased has a history of having fits.…