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Wednesday, April 5th, 2017


SI miss out on maritime opportunities

SOLOMON Islands have missed out on a lot of potentially viable opportunities for maritime service department. This was revealed in parliament yesterday by the Supervising Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Christian Laore. Mr Laore said of over 20 important sessions or workshops of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that occurred annually, Solomon Islands delegates only attended an average of two a year. “This is implying that Solomon Islands therefore miss out on a lot of potentially viable opportunities for maritime service department. “IMO of which we are member ofRead More

Australia funds Special Development Centre (SDC) Kaikai House for students with special needs

AUSTRALIAN Direct Aid programme funding of SBD 102,413.66 is helping the Special Development Centre School located at Tandai, west of Honiara. This school is the only educational facility for students with disabilities in the country, providing an academic curriculum as well as livelihood and life skills programs for its students. The school is looking to develop a Kaikai house (restaurant) for children with special needs, and to ensure that basic skills are developed in the preparation of a healthy diet, as well as developing catering and customer service skills. TheRead More

Renbel passes 2017-18 budget, highlights development & progress

RENNELL and Bellona province has progressed a long way after coming out from suspension in 2015. It has performed perfectly to attain favour for the PCDF funding and is engaging in partnerships with national ministries in various projects. The province last week, signed its budget for 2017-2018 under the approval of the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS). The Premier of Rennell and Bellona Province, Hon Collin Singamoana, has welcomed the signing by the Provincial Government Minister of his province’s 2017/18 Budget as an expression of the nationalRead More

Second tuna cannery plagues Western province

Pari Land Development refuses to back down   THE second tuna cannery dilemma is now causing a stir in Western Province. According to a High Court Order, Pari Land Development (PLD) organisation, earlier accused by the Western Province Premier of trying to disturb development in Noro, had taken rightful ownership of the land allocated for the second tuna cannery. Documents by PLD show that parcel land (number 098-009-42), earmarked to be the area given to Dongwon Industry in Noro, is one of the five parcels of land the High CourtRead More

2017 ward profiling validation workshop for W-Province starts

WESTERN Province began its 2017 Ward Profiling Validation Workshop yesterday at the Western United Church Hall in Gizo Town. The Consultant for ward profiling looking after Western, Makira and Choiseul Provinces under the Ministry of Provincial Government Mr Joe Rausi is the Workshop Consultant for the four-day meeting. Western Province Premier Wayne Maepio, during his opening speech to officially open the workshop yesterday, said the programme must be complete within this week as it is vital that participants must help the provincial executive to be on development track. “May IRead More

From loya canes to building

A local loya cane basket weaver in Auki is one of the most successful market vendors in the township, turning his marketing skills towards building a four bedroom building back at his home. Jackson Olia caught up with this paper at the Auki main market yesterday. He said he has been marketing these loya cane baskets as a daily job for quite a while now, especially for income purposes aimed at supporting his daily needs. He said it helps a lot, “after selling my products I know I have moneyRead More

Western Province increases hotel fees

WESTERN Province has increased its hotel fees as part of amendments to its regulations recently. Hotels with less than 10 room’s license fee used to be $6000.00 has moved up to $8000.00 dollars in Western Province. The next category of hotels license fee that have more than 10 rooms which used to be $10,000.00 dollars has also moved up to $12,000.00. These changes were done during the identified services stand part of the Western Province Business License Amendment 2017 regulation at the Full Assembly meeting last week in Gizo Town.Read More

W-Province increases Catering Commercial fee

THE Western Executive Government has passed and increased the Catering Commercial fee of the province to $5000.00. Non-Executive member and MPA for Ward 16 Hon. Ramrakha Talasasa Jnr last week during the passing of the Western Province Business License Amendments at the Full Assembly meeting questioned the Minister for Finance and Treasury if the increase of fee also applies to hotels and restaurants as well. This is whether if they would like to venture into such business or provide that service as well asked the MPA for Ward 16. InRead More

CBSI releases monetary stance

AT its meeting on March 29 2017, the Board of the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) resolved to maintain the accommodative monetary policy stance for the next six months. CBSI Governor and Chairman, Mr. Denton Rarawa said the low inflation environment provided policy space for the Bank to continue with its accommodative monetary policy stance to allow the economy to grow. Governor Rarawa remarked that inflationary pressures continued to ease in the second half of 2016 despite an upward spike in oil prices towards end year. It came asRead More

POB to launch savings deposit campaign scheme

IN its effort to lead an effective savings habit for all Solomon Islanders, locally incorporated Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) will be launching a savings deposit campaign scheme in Honiara, on April 4th. According to the bank’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Adrian Nigel, it will be a product innovation scheme where the bank is giving out gifts to their customers for huge deposits. The free gifts scheme for the bank’s customers is for the normal General Savings accounts depending on the deposit a customer makes. For the product innovation scheme, thereRead More