PM must restore our confidence

Dear Editor – Interestingly after much outrage and calls from the opposition, civil society and the general public in the media for SSPM Andrew Muaki to resign and further calls for the Prime Minister to leave up to his ideologies and promises, hence, should immediately sacked or terminated his SSPM, there appears to be no…

Termination of Ron Sumsum

Dear Editor – Regarding the now widely published, termination of Ron Sumsum as CEO Solomon Airlines, some reports give the impression that Sumsum was removed for shutting the airline down last week. In fact, the new CEO John McCormick was appointed on 1st June, nearly a week before the shutdown. The new CEO must have…

A new MSG Trade Agreement

Last week in Port Vila, a new Melanesian Free Trade Agreement was reached by Trade Ministers from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, the members of Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). The new trade agreement, which took three years of negotiations, after signatures by MSG Leaders and ratification by parliament, will be known as…

Where’s the commitment?

ON 9th of December 2015 during the marking of the International Anti-Corruption Day the nation, applauded as they listened to our Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, declared to the nation his government’s commitment to bring about various legislative reforms to tackle corruption within the public sector, the private sector and in any environment where there is…

Indonesia is not Melanesia

Dear Editor – Professor Tarcisius Tara Kubutaulaka’s article ‘ Don’t be bullied, Indonesia is not Melanesia’ (Solomon Star May 28) makes the choice for Pacific Islanders of Melanesian background very clear and unambiguous. They have the choice to stand with the oppressed people of West Papua or with their Indonesian oppressors. In making the choice…

Disputes impede nation’s development

GWAUNARU’U Airport near Auki, Malaita, reopened Monday this week. This was after more than two years of closure due to disputes amongst landowners. The financial loss the closure had on Malaita as a province was catastrophic. Solomon Airlines, as the service provider, experienced similar losses. The reopening of the airport is not only welcomed news,…

It’s on again!

Dear Editor – No retreat, no giving in. Betel nut vendors are back again on the Honiara Streets. This time round it appears to be irresistible and wild. These consistent goings-on are happening in the eyes of the very legislator, the Honiara City Council (HCC), but no action is executed. Who is responsible for Honiara…