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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017


Trade Policy follow-up review underway

REPRESENTATIVES from World Trade Organisation (WTO) Secretariat in Geneva, government ministries, members of the Diplomatic community, private sector and other stakeholders are reviewing the country’s trade policy. The two-day seminar which kicked off yesterday will see these important stakeholders undergoing a follow-up of the last review to the country’s trade policy which was held in December last year. In his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Mr Peter Kenilorea Jnr said the seminar is an opportunity to further improve awareness of tradeRead More

SITCO is a legitimate stakeholder: GM

SOLOMON Islands Tobacco Company (SITCO) believes it is a legitimate stakeholder in the legislative process. General Manager Shusendra Singh told Island Sun that the company supports evidence-based, balanced legislation which is developed in consultation with affected stakeholders, including the tobacco industry. Mr Singh says that tobacco control policies can have a significant impact on the way SITCO manufactures, distributes and sells its products. “We believe this makes us a legitimate stakeholder in the legislative process. “SITCO has operated in the Solomon Islands for 50 years and makes a valuable contribution to theRead More

RAMSI and Aspen doctors commended for saving boy’s life

FAMILY and relatives of little Francis Welo have commended the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) personnel and Aspen doctors for saving the boy’s life over the weekend. Little Welo from Isabel province sustained life threatening wounds last week when he accidently fell on a homemade spear kids normally used to shoot fish in rivers. The spear pierced through his scrotum, a ghastly wound which shocked his parents. Report reaching this paper said that the boy’s father rush the boy to Visena clinic then to Buala Hospital but wasRead More

Sikua’s case this Thursday

CASE against the suspended Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police National Security and Correctional Services, Edmond Sikua, will appear again in court this week. The accused was charged with seven counts of corruption. On the last adjournment, the defence lawyer requested disclosures from the prosecution as only partial disclosures were disclosed. Therefore the case was adjourned to this week for the prosecution to provide full disclosures on the case. Sikua was charged in relation to the allegation on December 22, 2016 for allegedly awarding government tenders worth $630,436.50 toRead More

Businessman faces assets seizure over potential $10-million unpaid SINPF contributions

THE businessman who allegedly owes the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund millions of dollars in unpaid contributions could lose some of his properties if he fails to pay up. The veiled warning of assets seizure was issued by the Fund last week. “If owner does not extinguish the remaining arrears, the Fund will proceed with prosecution by our in-house Counsels. And this is in process,” it said. Information obtained by Island Sun show the owner of Bulaia Backpackers Lodge, Alick Tabe’u, faces a bill close to $10 million or moreRead More

Corruption probe

MID permanent secretary on radar on $3m shipping grant for Ghost Company   REVELATIONS have surfaced that the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Henry Murray Aife, has direct links to Amwata Shipping and Boat Building Company, a ghost company which has milked $2.5million on shipping grant last year. A well-placed source within the Ministry of Finance and Treasury revealed that the ghost company has re-applied for $3 million this year and has already been approved as a recipient. However, sources familiar with the matter said Amwata ShippingRead More

Awareness on gold ridge re-opening begins

A series of awareness meeting with key stakeholders of the Gold Ridge mine begins today in Honiara. The Cabinet appointed Sub-Committee on Gold Ridge, Chaired by the Member of Parliament for East Guadalcanal, Bradley Tovosia is holding a series of awareness meetings this week with key stakeholders and resource owners. Crucial to the consultations will be the mining and environmental conditions set out for the operation. Tomorrow (Tuesday 25), the Government will meet with the Gold Ridge Community and Landowners Council (GRCLC) members. The Department of Mines and the DepartmentRead More

Bilua Shed only cocoa centre in progress at W-Province

TO date, only the Bilua Cocoa Shed project in Ward 8 at Vella La Vella under the Agriculture Division of Western Province is progressing. The other centre at Ward 10 has not yet started because the officer in charge for the project passed away. According to the Minister of Agriculture for Western Province Hon Bruce Herick Ragoso, his Division had proposed two market centres at Vella La Vella in which the sites initially identified are Narovai Village at Ward 8 and Vatoro Village in Ward 10. However, the minister saidRead More

Diversification of economic activities important: Kenilorea

THE Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade says diversification of economic activities is an important strategy to enhance economic development and trade. Speaking during the Trade Policy Review Seminar yesterday, Mr Peter Kenilorea Jnr said there is much that needs to be done to promote and improve standard of living and reduce poverty. He said diversification of economic activities is an important undertaking worth consideration, to ensure higher standard of living is achieved. Mr Kenilorea stressed that collective ideas from different levels from government ministries,Read More

Renbel Premier appeals to his people for respect towards Airlines personnel

PREMIER of Rennell and Bellona province has called on the people of Renbel to respect the officers of the Solomon Airlines. Premier Collin Singamoana makes this call condemning an incident which occurred at the domestic terminal yesterday morning in which a Renbel passenger assaulted an Airlines officer. “I understand that some situations may test our tempers but we must always bear in mind that such violence tends to cover the whole province and has repercussions that affect all of us. “So respect and behave appropriately towards officers of the Airlines.Read More