All Archive March 2017

Mr. Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director & CEO, commented, "This is a fantastic result, as we record another year of growth in reported profit. This strong performance is a true testament to the tremendous work done by our team, responding strongly to the challenges we faced [in 2016]."

Fiji Airways Group Records Profit of $84.5 Million FJD in 2016

The Fiji Airways Group is proud to announce a record profit of $84.5 million (Fijian Dollars), earned during the fiscal year that ended December 31, 2016.

New SSPM Announced

The Prime Minister’s Office has announced that legal professional, Mr John Muria Junior, has been endorsed by the Public Service Commission to take up a short term appointment as the Special Secretary to the Prime Minister (SSPM).
Judith Olivia had to travel from the remote village of Malatoha to the National Referral Hospital in the capital, Honiara.

WHO Assists in Bringing Health Closer to Homes in the Solomon Islands

Imagine spending your entire weekly food budget on an hours-long truck ride along a bumpy, dusty dirt road in tropical heat to reach the nearest hospital. Now imagine doing it pregnant. Six times.
Chairman, SINPF Board, Mr Boyers, handing over a cheque of $120 million to Minister of Finance & Treasury, Hon Rini, in the presence of Ruth Alepio, SINPF Board Secretary (sitting). At the back, standing from left: General Manager (Acting) SINPF, Mike Wate, Governor CBSI, Denton Rarawa and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Harry Kuma.

SIG, SINPF Sign Domestic Development Bonds Agreement

The Solomon Islands Government (SIG) and Solomon Islands National Provident Fund Board (SINPFB) signed on Monday 20th March 2017, a Domestic Development Bond Agreement in the presence of senior officials from the Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) and the Governor of the Central Bank of Solomon Islands
Minister Rini said the claim is misleading and inappropriate, adding that, “the Government cash position is stable and payment to service providers, suppliers, contractors, scholarships and salaries are being met.”

Cash Flow Stable: Rini

The Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon Snyder Rini lashed out at a press statement by the Opposition Spokesman on Finance and Treasury, Hon Rick Hou, claiming there is a serious crisis in Government Finance.
The new Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Peter Kenilorea Jr.

Kenilorea Takes Up MFAET Top Post

The Government has formally announced Peter Kenilorea Jr. as the new substantive Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET).
The Solomon Islands are part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire," a zone of tectonic activity known for frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions.

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Strikes Solomon Islands

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the Solomon Islands in the early hours of Monday, the US Geological Survey said.
Sawari was arrested on February 3 at Jackson’s International Airport after he got deported from Fiji.

Iranian Refugee Sawari’s PNG Trial Deferred to End of Month

The trial against Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari, who fled Papua New Guinea to Fiji in January and sought refuge but was deported, has been deferred to March 27 at the Waigani District Court.
With 75% of export earnings retained by the producer and 50% of producers are women the cocoa industry provides a livelihood for many involved in its production.

Solomon Islands Cocoa Showcased at Pasifika Festival

Cocoa is an important export earner for rural communities and small holder farms and their households in the Solomon Islands.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has encouraged politicians to use the country’s poor worldwide perception on corruption as a challenge, while telling Parliament the island nation is actually “not that bad."

We Are Not That Bad, Sogavare on Corruption

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has encouraged politicians to use the country’s poor worldwide perception on corruption as a challenge, while telling Parliament the island nation is actually “not that bad”.
Feather Money From Solomon Islands Top Tribal Antiquities Sale

Feather Money From Solomon Islands Top Tribal Antiquities Sale

The Tribal Art and Antiquities sale at Woolley and Wallis Salisbury Salerooms in the UK on 1st March included six different collections, attracting bidders from around the world.
Photographers are invited to submit their best photos or portfolios of life above or underwater in Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands Dive Expeditions Sponsors Photography Contest Worth SBD$1.7 Million

Solomon Islands Dive Expeditions along with its sister-company Dive Munda, is hosting the largest photography contest in Solomon Islands history. With over $22,000USD ($1.7 million SBD) in prizes, the contest is expected to draw submissions from around the world.