Honiara : 25 October 2015
Letter to the Editor, Solomon Star Newspaper.
His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui, spoke last week about the need for job creation through development of industries and services, emphasizing in his address at the Don Bosco Training Institute that job creation is an essential element in order for the country to prosper economically and socially.
Sir Frank reminded his audience that it is everyone’s duty to build this country (Solomon Islands) by contributing in one way or another in engaging in economic development activities conducive to creating jobs.
In the light of Sir Frank’s speech, I was pleased to read in your newspaper that a United Kingdom based company is keen to establish a business partnership with a locally operated company for the supply of coconut oil to the UK market. I hope to read more of this important partnership and trust it will help to create more work for the people of the Solomon Islands.
In another interesting development in support of the government’s strategy of fast track development, the Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) is proposing to expand the existing plantation with an addition of 35,000-40,000 hectares. This can only auger well for economic progress and aid employment opportunities in the area of East Central Guadalcanal.
According to an article in the high profile News Limited ‘ Escape’ travel magazine, popular in Australia,the Solomon Islands has been named the number one ‘Hottest travel destination for 2016.
Locally, visitors interested in watching dolphins play and swim in style will now be able to do so, thanks to an Alistair Morris who has initiated the establishment of Dolphin View Beach, a dolphin off shore water way along a reef line, just a short drive west of the capital Honiara.
Mr. Morris is reported to have said the Dolphin View Beach resort is part of an eco-tourism development which includes bush treks to Vilu war memorial museum with its World War ll relics.
These reported developments, if fully realized, will compliment the Governor General’s call for added job creation.
The organization ‘Youth @ Work’ a wholly enterprising body encouraging and supporting youths in the country, has just released the second edition of its new youth magazine, ‘YOSI,’ and 3000 copies will soon be distributed around the country. Interestingly, the new edition contains finance tips for potential, young entrepreneurs.
In terms of self-help, Soroptimist International of Solomon Islands, in collaboration with the Honiara based Family Support Centre, last week issued a booklet entitled “Ways to Be Happy,” to up to 100 women to share with their network colleagues across the country.
The booklet, in English, is said to be designed to help women handle their problems in a practical way.
Women are playing an increasing role in business development and any help they can get is to be fully encouraged.
Mrs Boyking, who aided in producing the booklet, said at the launch, “If you want to make a positive difference in the communities, then begin with the women and all else will fall into place,”