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Friday, May 19th, 2017


Immunization is everyone’s job!

A stakeholder’s meeting themed “Partner’s Morning Tea-Communicating about Baby Nila” organised by the Health Ministry, UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and WHO (World Health Organisation) took place this week. The aim of the meeting was for stakeholders representing the private sector, NGOs, church groups and government officers to communicate, share ideas and discuss on how their ideas can be intertwined to help improve immunisation rates. Acting Deputy Director of Health Promotions, Mr Peter Kafa shared a presentation titled “National Immunisation Communication Strategy”. He spoke of the network in which thisRead More

Parents participation essential for epi immunisation programme

A Morning Tea meeting was held this week by the Health Ministry, UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and WHO (World Health Organisation). The meeting was an avenue for representatives of the Health ministry, UNICEF, WHO, and stakeholders from NGOs, the private sector and church groups to engage in sharing ideas and having discussions on how they can help improve immunisation rates. Among the representatives was the acting Deputy Director of Health Promotions Mr Peter Kafa who spoke about the “National Immunisation Communication Strategy 2017-2020”. He spoke briefly of the strategyRead More

Honiara City lacks urban planning and design

THE newly launched Honiara Urban and Development Report has highlighted that Honiara city lacks urban planning and design. It says by 2050 Honiara region will have grown from our current population of about 100,000 to possibly 350,000. In his speech when launching the report, Minister of Lands, Housing and Survey Hon Moses Garu said the peri-urban areas in Honiara lack connectivity to infrastructure such as transport and financial services. He said development and population growth is increasing and that it is time for responsible authorities and stakeholders to proactively workRead More

Honiara Urban Development Report launched

THE Minister of Lands, Housing and Survey launched the latest report on Honiara Urban Development yesterday at the Mendana Hotel. The report is compiled by students of the Australian National University after undertaking a research programme in Honiara. The report highlights ways to expand affordable housing supply, often through government and NGO partnerships, improve the efficiency of public transport systems to help move people and goods in and out of the city, and to expand people’s access to important services like water and electricity, whether they have legal land tenureRead More

Challenges and proposed reforms

How satisfied are you with your Government?   AS extracted from the Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) Policy Document, the Government has attributed the incapacity besides the civil unrest and the state’s inability to provide adequate and quality goods and services. As the current Government is drawing to the end of its tenure, Island Sun saw it fit to provide as much insight as possible on the Government’s policy document. In a table form, the DCC Government indicated challenges and proposed reforms to tackle these challenges. CHALLENGES PROPOSED REFORMSRead More

SICCI invited to attend World Chambers Congress

THE Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) will participate at an international meeting of chamber organisations at the World Chambers Congress (WCC) 2017 this September. SICCI was officially invited to participate at the WCC’s 10th edition that will be held from 19 – 21 September 2017 in Sydney, Australia. The WCC 2017 is jointly organised by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), World Chambers Federation (WCF) and Sydney Business Chamber, a division of the NSW Business Chamber. Chair Jay Bartlett, Vice Chair Katalaini Ziru and CEO Dennis MeoneRead More

DCCG’s long-term development strategy outlined

THE Democratic Coalition for Change Government’s (DCCG) approach to a long term development strategy is the development of the twenty (20) year National Development Strategy (NDS) 2015-2035. This is according to the Government’s Policy Document. The NDS provides development targets for each sector and facilitates fundamental and sectoral reform programmes. The long term strategy will also facilitate good governance and encourage broad-based economic development that will enhance improved livelihood for all Solomon Islanders. This twenty year National Development Strategy is administered by the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid CoordinationRead More

What the Govt is pushing towards

THE Democratic Coalition for Change Government outlined, as a political entity that the Government believes and is pushing towards. This is according to the Government’s Policy document. A detailed activity-based action items with performance indicators is a separate document known as the ‘Democratic Coalition for Change Translation and Implementation Action Plan’ by Permanent Secretaries of Technical Government Ministries. It contains details of the policy statement. The DCC Government believes that, “Return   of   ownership   of   Solomon   Islands     to   its people   is   inevitable. “This is not to say that we have soldRead More

POB makes SBD$27M profit in 2016

PAN Oceanic Bank (POB), the Solomon Islands locally incorporated bank has recorded a willing net profit of SBD$27 Million in the 2016 financial year. This was revealed in the bank’s financial statement, which was released earlier this year. The net profit was over doubled against the SBD$11.8 Million made in 2015, and it is a growth of 125 percent. In his words following the release of the 2016 financial statement a fortnight ago, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Suresh Amerasekera said; “The bank had an excellent year in 2016.” HeRead More

Electoral Reform Consultations successfully concluded

THE Electoral Reform taskforce has successfully concluded all consultations on the proposed election system change. The team this week wrapped up the provincial consultations with a two-day session held at the Forum Fisheries Agency Conference centre for Honiara based groups on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th. The taskforce has held provincial consultations in three provinces last year namely Choiseul, Western and Malaita Provinces. This year, the taskforce held seven consultations in the Central Islands Province, Isabel Province, Makira Province, Temotu Province, Rennel Bellona Province, Guadalcanal Province and Honiara. The provincialRead More