17 Mar 2003

Solomons Government reveals details of possible multi million dollar business development

3:24 pm on 17 March 2003

The Solomon Islands Government has revealed more about a projected deal with a company called Noris Dynan Corporation.

The head of the policy evaluation unit, Sir George Lepping, says it is a large proposal, worth around 75 million US dollars, and the Government is looking into the feasibility of it.

He says the main feature of the offer is for a five star hotel near the main airport.

Sir George says this proposal would involve a lot of land because it will probably include a golf course.

He also confirms that the company is looking into the establishment of free trade zones and a new airline.

"at the moment our Solomon airlines is doing its best, but at the mercy with other airlines we have connections with....but the main investment they are proposing is for Tulagi, for example - a duty free trade area..is that a possibility? - the building of various commercial activities, and also for Malaita"

Sir George Lepping.

Last week Opposition MP Alfred Sasako revealed that the Prime Minister Sir Allen Kemakeza, had promised the company the Government would fast track legislation to allow it to compete with Solomon Airlines.

Since then Sir Allen has announced that the Solomons is to adopt an open skies policy.