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…

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…

Police commended for maintaining peace

Acting Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has commended the Royal Solomon Islands Police for ensuring a safe and peaceful Solomon Islands throughout the 2016 Christmas-2017 New Year festive period. The commendation came after the Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, Frank Prendergast informed the Acting Prime Minister that police operations conducted during the festive…

PM Sogavare welcomes new NZ envoy

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has welcomed New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Don Higgins, following his arrival in the country. The Prime Minister conveyed greetings on behalf of the Solomon Islands Government and People to His Excellency Higgins in a courtesy meeting in the Prime Minister’s office yesterday. A statement from…

Gov’t signs deal with Satsol for ICT upgrade

The operations of the Government’s wide area communications network, SIG-Connect, is being further boosted with the signing of a maintenance and upgrade contract with a local communication services provider, Satsol. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury Harry Rini inked the deal with Satsol Managing Director Anthony Ferris, enabling the Solomon Islands Government…

Gov’t begins consultations for lasting solutions on RIPEL

The Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) has begun consultations this week with stakeholders and the public to find lasting solutions to the Russell Islands Plantation Estate Limited (RIPEL). The Russell Islands Plantations has been one of the main economic drivers of the Solomon Islands economy before it collapsed in 2004. The plantation previously contributed…

Gold Ridge mine reopening makes progress

The Gold Ridge mine’s reopening is progressing well and is being moved by the Cabinet Gold Ridge Subcommittee. Gold ridge Community Investment Limited [GCIL] co-owners of the Gold Ridge Mine Limited [GRML] said in a statement that some of the differences and misunderstanding that slowed the progress of the reopening have been ironed out and…