18 May 2006

Solomons government to improve distribution of information

10:21 am on 18 May 2006

The Solomon Islands government will take a step to improve the flow of information from Honiara to the rural communities and vice-versa when it signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the People First Network for the use of its email stations to send a weekly news bulletin.

Under the MOU, the PFNet will allow its more than 20 rural email stations scattered around the country to disseminate a weekly news bulletin from the Government Communications Unit.

Ten copies of the news bulletin will be printed free with five copies posted at strategic positions within the village where the email station is located and five other copies to nearby villages.

Villagers will also be able to comment on the news bulletin which will be sent back to the Government Communications Unit by the rural email stations free of charge.

The director of communications, Alfred Maesulia, says the Government hopes the initiative will compliment the information that is being broadcast over the radio and printed in private newspapers.

The initiative is being funded by the RAMSI Machinery of Government Programme.