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SIBC Talkback TV 'Keep our Economy Flying' discussion now scheduled 4 October

Posted on October 01, 2020 at 05:00 PM in General News

  • Update 04/10/20 - due to scheduling priority changes, this segment has been postponed. A future date will be confirmed.
  • Discussion on the future of the national carrier and tourism to Solomon Islands

SIBC Talkback TV’s one-hour special feature “Keeping our Economy Flying” has been rescheduled and will now be broadcast on Sunday 04 October, at 12.00-1.00pm Honiara time.

The talkback show can be viewed live on the SIBC News Facebook page and will also be broadcast on SIBC radio channel. You can take part by texting SIBC on 760000 during the show.

The discussion will examine the severe and ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Solomon Islands economy, Solomon Airlines, and our local tourism operators.

 “Keep our Economy Flying” - will be moderated by SIBC with a contributing panel including:

  • Colin Sigimanu, Commercial Manager, Solomon Airlines
  • Moses Virivolomo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communication and Aviation
  • Andrew Nihopara, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism
  • Josefa Tuamoto, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Solomons
  • Bunyan Sivoro, Director of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Despite being one of very few countries in the world to have no reported cases of COVID-19, the Solomon Islands aviation and tourism industries have been hit hard by our international border closure at a time when tourism was growing at 7% annually. 

Solomon Airlines also welcomed its long-awaited new Airbus A320 international aircraft only six months ago on 7 March, 2020 just as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to spread rapidly around the world.

In the Solomon Islands, tourism and aviation operations have almost ground to a standstill, with many jobs lost, and many of our local tourism operators barely surviving.

So what are our aviation, tourism, and policy leaders planning to do, when and how will our borders safely reopen and how can Solomon Islanders and stakeholders in aviation and tourism contribute to the recovery of these vitally important industries?

Tune in to hear how we can ‘Keep our Economy Flying’ for future generations, whilst at the same time protecting the health and wellbeing of all Solomon Islanders.

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