Roads to success: Solomon Islands’ Deputy PM on building new infrastructure

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Manasseh Maelanga, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, says the Pacific country’s new government has turned its attention to infrastructure. Measures are being put in place to encourage private sector involvement in roads, ports and industrial townships.

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Anticipating COVID‑19 in the Pacific [opinion]

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While Australia prepares its domestic interventions, it needs to spare some thought for the Pacific as well, say Alexandre Dayant and Jonathan Pryke from the Lowy Institute’s The Interpreter

Stronger together: why Papua New Guinea should work closely with the Solomon Islands [video]

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Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands face similar challenges and opportunities. Atenasi Ata, CEO of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry, tells us why both countries are particularly well-placed to do more business with each other.

In brief: new guidelines for Kumul Petroleum Holdings and other business news

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Kumul Petroleum Holding Limited has been asked to cease exploration, drilling and greenfield investments, the World Bank has released an economic update signalling economic slowdown in Asian and Pacific economies, and K92 Mining has released its Q3 results above budget. Your weekly digest of business news.

Country guide: Solomon Islands

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Bronwen Gora discovers a quiet island paradise of palm-fringed golden beaches, friendly Melanesian people and some of the best diving, swimming and surfing in the world.

Solomon Islands’ economy set for steady growth

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The economy of the Solomon Islands is small, but continues to grow steadily. New nickel exports, new hydropower and greater internet connectivity look set to drive future growth, reports David James.

Australia’s Pacific Step Up puts Pacific countries in delicate bargaining position

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During a visit to the Solomon Islands last month, Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced a 10-year AUD$250 million (K582 million) package for infrastructure. Kevin McQuillan explores Australia’s Pacific ‘Step Up’ policy. 

Five questions for Jay Bartlett, Chairman of the Solomon Islands’ Chamber of Commerce

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Neighbouring Solomon Islands has strong business ties with Papua New Guinea. Jay Bartlett, Chairman of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry, tells Business Advantage PNG that the country has some positive prospects, especially with its new undersea telecommunications cable.

Seven questions for Derek Aihari, Director of InvestSolomons

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The Solomon Islands economy has experienced steady growth over the last two years. Derek Aihari, Director of InvestSolomons tells Business Advantage PNG that the country is looking to develop its already close links to Papua New Guinea.

People moves: Nambawan Super, WorleyParsons, Solomon Islands government

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Chief Investment Officer leaves Nambawan Super, a new board member for WorleyParsons, Solomon Islands Prime Minister voted out