18 Jun 2015

Solomons govt looks to revive major industries

8:25 am on 18 June 2015

The Solomon Islands government wants to revive major industries in the country.

Gold Ridge Gold Mine, Russell Islands Plantations Ltd and the Development Bank of Solomon Islands are some of the defunct operations which the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare would like to see back on line.

His first plan of action involves the formation of several cabinet sub-Committee dedicated to the industries he wants re-started.

St Barbara sold the Gold Ridge mine to the Solomon Islands company Goldridge Comminity Investment Limited last month, a company associated with local landowning tribes.

The RIPEL coconut plantations in the Russell Islands have been the subject of a decade-long industrial strike which numerous governments have failed to solve.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare Photo: RNZI

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