Our appeal in light of COVID-19

TRANSPARENCY Solomon Islands lauds and commends the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in their tireless efforts towards protecting the Solomon Islands from the COVID- 19 pandemic that is affecting the countries of the world regardless of their development status.  This is a mammoth task for a Ministry that is mandated, tasked and expected to…

Tourist arrivals

DEAR EDITOR – According to a report by the SI Government’s Statistician, Douglas Kimi, a record total of 16,233 tourists entered the Solomon Islands during the final (4th) quarter of 2019. Kimi said, “Compared to the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 5.5 percent was recorded and visitors made up 50 percent of…

Prevention is better than cure

DEAR EDITOR – That terrible killer that originates from Wahun city in China known as the coronavirus has been killing the people of the first world till now for the past months and it is aggressively spreading from one continent to another and from country to the country taking thousands of lives from the very advanced…

Our position on coronavirus

DEAR EDITOR – In recent weeks, the world was gripped by the impact of the coronavirus in different countries including our own country, Solomon Islands.  Last week, the World Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic.  Governments around the world are taking various measures to prevent the entry and spread of the virus in their…

Traffic recommendations

DEAR EDITOR – Out of a concern for safety and cleanliness, I express these thoughts due to the fact that individuals in the Solomon Islands may or may not have been properly exposed to the ideas noted below.  When we learn to drive a car, first we are educated about the basics and the rules. …

Bintan & Coronavirus

Dear Editor – Bintan Mining has put in place precautionary measures to protect its workers and communities in Renbel Province should coronavirus is detected in the country, Social Media outburst has called on Bintan Mining and other foreign companies operating in the country to ensure their workers are checked and quarantined and effectively cleared before…

Our challenges

Dear Editor – Malaita Province, and perhaps all the other provinces, have similar problems. Rundown townships, poor planning, poor offices, and residential buildings in ruin, un-plan road network with potholes, no tar seal, dusty roads,  overcrowded hospitals with deteriorating conditions, rundown clinics with no drugs or medicine, unreliable electricity, overcrowded secondary/community high schools with no…

SIPA problems

Dear Editor – I have never seen SIPA go out to the local suppliers for tenders on equipment or seek preferred suppliers contracts with recognised local suppliers as other SOEs do. All their materials are imported directly thus leaving no “crumbs” in the Solomons.  J.R WilliamsHoniara