PM Soga to visit tobacco factory

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Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will pay the tobacco company a visit.

Details of the visit is being finalised, a statement from the prime minister’s office (OPMC) said yesterday.

SITCO General Manager Kazi Mushfiqur Rahman had invited Prime Minister Sogavare during a courtesy visit on April 6.  

The Prime Minister will visit SITCO’s premises to witness the company’s rebuilt factory now running double shifts over the past two months. 

According to the OPMC statement, the damage sustained by SITCO during the riot is worth more than $48 million. 

Mr Rahman had said during his courtesy visit, “the PM’s visit will be a big boost and encouragement to 120 mostly local workers as the company bounces back from the ruins of November riots.”

The SITCO GM thanked the government for continued assistance which is necessary for business confidence and investment following last year’s riots.

SITCO has operated in Solomon Islands for more than 50 years.

Over the last four years, it has reportedly paid one billion dollars in taxes to the government.

An earlier invitation for the Prime Minister to visit SITCO could not eventuate during the Lock Down period.