Caucus chairman clarifies bauxite zero duty

Chairman of the Government Caucus Jackson Fiulaua says sound investment incentives are important to the country’s economic development. Mr Fiulaua, who is also Member of Parliament for Central Kwara’ae, made the statement in light of criticisms against a Cabinet decision to impose a zero duty on bauxite exports from the country. “Sound investment incentives will derive…

SI Red Cross distributes more non-food items to quake-hit Makira

Solomon Islands Red Cross Society (SIRCS) continues to distribute Non-Food Items (NFIs) to the affected communities in Makira province. This is following a dispatch of additional NFIs on Friday 4th January 2017. The NFIs, which comprised of Shelter kits, hygiene kits, Kitchen sets, linens, buckets and water containers, were shipped to Makira last fortnight to…

Sisilo commissioned, take up UN posting

Robert Sisilo, the country’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations, was commissioned yesterday. Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, George Milner Tozaka, officiated the ceremony. The ceremony, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET), was witnessed by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Joseph Ma’ahanua and senior officials from the ministry.…

MAL donates to Makira quake victims

  The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) yesterday donated over $29,000 worth of farming tools and seedlings for the earthquake victims in Makira Ulawa Province. The donation was presented by MAL permanent secretary Jimmy Saelea to the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) director Loti Yates. Mr Saelea said this assistance was part of MAL’s…

Saelea hits out at MAL abuse claim

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has maintained that it has at all times ensures compliance with the requirements of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and other subsidiary legislations which includes Financial Instructions (FI) that provides general procurement limits. Permanent Secretary Jimi Saelea made the clarification when responding to a front page article…

Country farewells ROC ambassador

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has farewelled the out-going ROC/Taiwan Ambassador to Solomon Islands Victor Te-Sun Yu. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Milner Tozaka hosted a farewell dinner, which the ambassador said was an honourable thing to him. Mr Tozaka expressed the government’s appreciation for the leadership and wisdom possessed by H.E in guiding Taiwan’s…

Internet cable negotiations soon to commence

Negotiation with the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei for the implementation of Solomon Islands submarine cable project will commence as soon as the CEO of the Solomon Islands Submarine Cable Company (SISCC) assumes duty, the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MOFT) announced. In a statement issued today, the ministry said, “Arrangements are now underway…