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SIPA inquiry kicks off

The Commission of Inquiry into the reform program of the SI Ports Authority has begun its work, in office facilities at the Paul Tovua Building, National Parliament.

Documentary evidence of interest to the inquiry has been requisitioned from those concerned. In coming weeks the Commission will be interviewing and taking oral evidence from persons that it considers are likely to be able to assist in its inquiries.

The proceedings of the Inquiry will not be open to the public, but if any member of the public has information that she or he believes may be relevant to the Inquiry, they are invited to contact the Secretary at the address below, so that arrangements can be made for the information to be provided to the Inquiry.

Separate but related investigations are being made by the RSI Police and by external auditors commissioned by SIPA itself. The Commission of Inquiry will maintain contact with both investigations to facilitate sharing of information.


Solomon Star, Published: 28 June 2016

Ports workers praise new digital system

THE Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) workers are now using a digital entry system to enter data, thanks to the SIPA reforms. Officers who operate data entry at the ports yesterday said the new digital data entry system have impacted positively on the effectiveness and efficiency in executing their work. “For instance, we were used to entering data manually using pen and paper. That was a very inconvenient and slow way compared to what we are using now. “Now, we are using cell phones and other digital instruments to do the job and it makes our work way easier and effective. “Data entries are now more reliable and consistent, making it very easy for the management to access our daily entries easily at anytime,” the officers said.

The officers who spoke to the Solomon Star after a press conference on Monday said the use of pen and paper is now a thing of the past. When asked about how the reform as impacted on them, they said the reform did impacted positively on a number of issues. “Yes, in terms of our operating systems, we have some changes such as this digital data entry. Some of the past exhausting jobs we would manually do before were gone. Now with this new digital system, it is easy and convenient for us to work progressively well with our managers on a timely and consistent manner, allowing them to monitor the work activities at the port of entry.”

Solomon Star, Published: 27 April 2016

Honiara national domestic ports officially opens

THE SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) has official launched the Honiara Domestic Port road upgrading at the National Domestic Port yesterday. The upgrading of the Honiara Domestic Port road is part of the SIPA’s reform to provide safety, cleanliness and security for the indigenous people accessing the vicinity. The official guests are; Honourable Minister for Infrastructure and Development (MID) Jimmy Lusibaea, SIPA CEO Collin Yow , Honiara City Clerk Charles Kelly, Chairman Government Caucus Jackson Fiulaua and Permanent Secretary Henry Murray (MID).

Minister Jimmy Lusibaea, in his official remarks, highlights that SIPA’s reform to transform the domestic port will benefit indigenous people as it is the main hub of inter-island transportation in the nation. Minister Lusibaea also adds that the domestic port is now safe, clean and secure for people now that the road is tarred and seal. Meanwhile, with SIPA’s reform to upgrade the domestic wharf, Hon Lusibaea expressed that he is proud of SIPA’s achievement in cleaning up the surrounding area and fixing the road. “I’m very proud to be here with you, sharing with you SIPA’s achievement in a short space of time,” Minister Lusibaea said. Colin Yow, in his opening address, applauds and commends the responsible Minister and Government Caucus Representative for having the vision which was now fulfilled. The future plans coming up for the domestic port upgrading this year includes; 24-hour lighting of the whole port, phase of the port reforms and upgrading the existing jetties.


Island Sun, Published: 2 April 2016


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