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Thursday, March 9th, 2017


Constitutional Congress finalise provinces and stakeholders’ positions on Draft Federal Constitution

MEMBERS of Constitutional Congress and Eminent Persons Advisory Council (EPAC) are currently having a pre-plenary session to finalise positions made on the 2nd 2014 Draft Fed-eral Constitution of Solomon Islands during the 2015 and 2016 awareness/consultations. The pre-plenary session, which started on Monday February 20 and will end Friday March 31, 2017 is held at Mendana Hotel Conference Room. The session involves members looking through the positions of the awareness/consultations held from May 2015 to June 2016, which were combined in a matrix form of document. These positions on sectionsRead More

Gov’t, GRML sign agreement to revoke cancellation of mining licence

THE Solomon Islands Government and Gold Ridge Mining Limited (GRML) yesterday signed an agreement quashing the cancellation of the latter’s mining license early last year. The agreement was signed by the Minister for Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification, Hon David Dei Pacha on behalf of the Solomon Islands Government and witnessed by the Chairman of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Gold Ridge, Hon Bradley Tovosia and Mr Walton Naezon and Mr Benjamin Afuga on behalf of GRML/GCIL (Gold Ridge Community Investment Limited). The signing was presided over by Mr John MuriaRead More

Solomon Islands has the worst tourism online website

TOURISM Industry in the country has been labelled as the worst tourism website in the region. A study report shows that a review of 63 accommodations in the Honiara, Guadalcanal and Central regions show there is a lot of work to do with digital tourism in the country. According to the report 82 percent of tourism operators in the Solomon Islands had no website and of those that do, 50 percent are not mobile friendly and 83 percent have no booking engine. Nationally the figures are much worse where commonRead More

SI tourism should go digital: Nihopara

SOLOMON Islands tourism should go digital to make it easier for operators to find markets and tourists to find Solomon Islands with ease. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr Andrew Nihopapra made the statement during the digital tourism workshop on “How to Drive More Sales and Improve Profitability Using the Internet”, which was held yesterday. He said, “The online space is becoming the tourism distribution channel and your participation at this sort of workshop will ensure you are aware of the latest trends in online marketingRead More

Government assures support for tourism sector

THE National Government is taking up efforts in its quest to support tourism in the country. This is through the work by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism where they are doing their best in improving and developing the sector nationally. Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr Andrew Nihopara said yesterday that, the ministry has just completed the SI Tourism Minimum Standards for the accommodation sub-sector for the country. Adding that with the work the ministry is hopping that it will soon approved by Cabinet inRead More

April 2nd tsunami victim’s commemoration to be discussed

A commemoration programme is to be discussed for victims who lost their lives during the 2007 April 2nd tsunami striking Western Province. When Island Sun Gizo approached the Deputy Premier for Western Province Hon Maloney Lopoto yesterday to discuss over this subject, he approved it and said he shall present it in the paper to the executive. “I shall present it in the paper today to the provincial government executive so that a remembrance programme should take place at the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Building next month during the sameRead More

Honiara’s short bus route still a big problem

THE issue of short bus route in Honiara City was tabled in parliament on Tuesday by Hon Derick Manu’ari, MP for West Makira, specifically to the Ministry of Infrastructure Development. Hon Manu’ari questioned what the DCCG is doing about the report of the special selected committee on the Honiara Short Bus Route that was tabled in August 2014. Negative impact of short route buses over the years, the MP Manu’ari said affects residents of Honiara to an extreme level of productivity of negative outcomes at workplace and individual homes. MrRead More

Kukum highway road upgrading progress

THE Minister for Infrastructure Development clarified in parliament on Tuesday the Kukum Highway Road Upgrading has been progressing – work speeding at 13.5 percent. He made this statement over question raised by Independent Leader Dr Derek Sikua about the Honiara main road, Mataniko bridge extension, upgrading and tar-sealing from Kukum to the Honiara city council roundabout. Minister Lusibaea said overall implementation progress of the Kukum Highway project is taking 13.5 percent according to the project implementation programme and monthly work schedule. Minister Lusibaea said work at the central market andRead More

PATA to release international visitor arrival report to members

THE Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will be releasing reports for international visitors arrival to 39 destinations, of which Solomon Islands is a member under. PATA is looking at releasing a report in April concerning the international visitor’s arrival report to its 39 membership within the Asia Pacific region for the period of 2017 to 2021. According to PATA, the report is important to note which the forecast relate to visitors arrivals as opposed to tourism (overnight visitors). “This is done to consider the many near-border flows across the regionRead More

Malaita Premier salutes women on their special day

MALAITA provincial premier Hon Peter Ramohia salutes the international women day celebration that was hosted for Malaitan women in Auki yesterday. During the celebration premier Ramohia said that it’s a goal that UN women have set by 2030 that men and women should have equal equality both in leadership in political and in our communities. “We are here to celebrate, remember and reflect the contributions what our women have contributed in our societies and communities. “In the past only men attended education where women do farming in our gardens. “ButRead More