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Economic inclusion is an important first step in ensuring that a person living with a disability is exposed to support groups or trainings that can help them improve their situation.

People with Disability in Solomon Islands Calls for Fair Treatment in Employment and Business

Running a business from home is popular with entrepreneurs, for reasons such as convenience, cost savings and flexibility. For those who are affected by health issues and disabilities, a home setting can also provide the freedom and flexibility they need to run a successful business.
The handover was organized by the UNDP Transparency and Accountability for the People of Solomon Islands – The Project for Strengthening the Capacities to Combat Corruption (TAPSCCC). The project is implemented by UNDP Solomon Islands and has received financial support from the Governments of Solomon Islands and Japan.

Enhancing SIICAC & Anticorruption Secretariat Effectiveness and Transparency

The UN Development Programme and the Japanese Embassy in Solomon Islands held a handover ceremony to deliver equipment to the Solomon Islands Independent Commission Against Corruption (SIICAC) and the Anticorruption Secretariat under the Office of the Prime Minister.
Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22) leadership, Solomon Island leaders, and members of the international diplomatic corps in the Solomon Islands pose for a photo during the PP22 Solomon Islands closing ceremony aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).

USNS Mercy Team Concludes Pacific Partnership in Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands-Pacific Partnership 2022 team wrapped up two weeks of collaboration across several lines of effort during a closing ceremony on board USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), Sept. 10, 2022.
More than 50 representatives from oversight and integrity institutions gathered to identify and build consensus on possible areas of intra-institutional cooperation related to exchange and use of information, investigative assistance, case referrals, and other issues.

Strengthening Inter-institutional Anti-corruption Coordination in Solomon Islands

A two-day strategic planning workshop organized by the UN Development Programme in the Pacific under the Transparency and Accountability (Solomon Islands) and Strengthening Anticorruption, Transparency and Accountability in Pacific Island Countries Project’ (‘Pacific Anti-Corruption Project’) was organized recently.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, left, and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare review an honor guard in Beijing.

Solomon Islands’ Election Postponement Plans Ensure Global Scrutiny Will Continue

There has been a flurry of international media and commentary attention on Solomon Islands in recent months. Since the news broke of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s intention to sign a security agreement with the People’s Republic of China, scrutiny of his every move and word has been intense.
(L-R) Russ Comeau, U.S. Chargé D'Affaires for Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, and Capt. Kim, mission commander of Pacific Partnership 2022.

Pacific Partnership 2022 Kicks off in Solomon Islands

Pacific Partnership 2022 kicked off in Honiara, Solomon Islands, August 29, 2022.
“The recent surge in fuel price recently has seen SICCI receiving grave concerns from the business houses who are prone to bear the brunt of the higher price pressure impacting budgets and affecting purchasing power regardless of their income group,” a SICCI statement said.

Local Businesses Will Suffer If Fuel Price Continue to Rise: SICCI

Local businesses in Solomon Islands will be severely impacted if fuel price continues to increase in the next six months, a survey conducted by the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) revealed.
Provincial Minister for Finance and Treasury, Guadalcanal Province Hon. Andrew Tahisihaka, Hon. Deputy Premier for Guadalcanal Province, Lazarus Alfred Rima, Minister for Justice and Legal Affairs, Hon. Clezy Rore, UNDP Acting Country Manager, Ms. Grace Kiernan and Public Solicitor of Solomon Islands, Mr. George Gray outside the new office.

Securing Justice in Marau - New Public Solicitor's Office Branch Opens its Doors

Over 15,000 people will now have access to legal information, advice and representation as the Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) opens a branch in Marau.
Downtown Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea.

Why are Chinese companies in the Pacific so quiet?

During my research on Chinese companies’ engagement in the Pacific Island countries, I have met many people living in Australia or the Pacific who have shown a strong interest in this area, including students, academics, businesspeople, media reporters, government officials, and even taxi drivers.
The actual explanation for PNG's electoral woes is more prosaic, and also probably harder to address. It stems from the country's political economy, and the voter-politician relationship. When they are free to choose who to vote for, most voters in PNG vote for candidates who they think will help them, their family or their community directly.

What Went Wrong With the 2022 Elections in PNG?

The dust is still swirling, far from settled, and already people are calling the 2022 elections the worst in Papua New Guinea's history.