Features Archive May 2022

"When I woke up or even before bed, I used to love the sound of the rolling waves crashing on the beach. I heard it far from my room but today the sound of the rolling waves is not as friendly as it was,” he said.

“Every High Tide Reaches My Doorstep”: How People with Disabilities Face Climate Change in Solomon Islands

35-year-old Francis Filia has had to sit in a wheelchair for more than 17 years of his life, due to a physical impairment on his spine. From his home in the Solomon Islands, he hears the waves each morning getting more aggressive.
A region-wide agreement covering security and trade between China and Pacific islands would represent a shift in Beijing's focus from bilateral relations to dealing with the Pacific on a multilateral basis.

China Seeking Region-Wide Policing and Security Cooperation

China will seek a region-wide deal with almost a dozen Pacific Island countries covering policing, security and data communication cooperation when Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosts a meeting in Fiji next week, documents seen by Reuters show.
Representatives from MECDM and UNDP at an LoA Signing Ceremony.

Solomons Islands Harnessing Scientific and Technical Data for Risk-informed Decision-Making

The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) has reaffirmed its commitment to harnessing data to take risk-informed decisions and supporting a whole-of-government approach to enhancing community resilience.
"I have seen stories about Chinese companies, Chinese political leaders and Taiwanese independence being heavily edited or removed by the Chinese Embassy in Port Moresby."

The Voice of China in Pacific Media

The Chinese Embassy are exploiting and corrupting our media institutions. I have evidence. Money has spoken and there is now no independence and integrity in PNG media. My complaints have been ignored for too long. I can no longer hide these dirty secrets from our people and jeopardize my family future and our country’s future.
In the recent foreign policy debate, the two sides agreed on the importance of labour mobility, but debated how to pursue it.

Labour Mobility Campaign Wrap: Both Parties Make Major Commitments

Pacific labour mobility has received an unprecedented level of attention in this year’s Australian Federal election campaign. Australian anxieties about Chinese influence in the Solomon Islands have dominated the headlines.
According to Ms. Lasaqa, while mobile money services have the potential to boost economic growth and productivity, other challenges in the country around policy and infrastructure would also need to be addressed.

Lasaqa: Mobile Money will Improve Access to Financial Services Among the Underserved in Solomon Islands

Christina Lasaqa, Our Telekom’s new and first woman CEO, describes her December 2021 appointment as a “massive achievement for women” in the country’s telecommunications sector “because it's been a male-dominated industry since its establishment”.
Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Dr. Lachie Strahan with young entrepreneurs that were awarded with the grant through YECSI.

YECSI Awards Grants to Innovative Young Entrepreneurs With Support From Strongim Bisnis

The Young Entrepreneurs Council of Solomon Islands (YECSI) and Strongim Bisnis who is the major supporter of Ennovation Blo Iumi program successfully held the grant contract signing agreement with the three 2021/2022 EBI2.0 business winners namely Empire Barber shop, Twice Is Nice and Cravings at the Mendana Hotel on Thursday 12 May 2022.
The decision will impact logging companies’ responsibilities and in particular residents of villages who are not primary landowners.

Landmark Case Impacting Logging Companies and Re-Defining Residents Affected in Solomon Islands

A person does not need to be a landowner to have standing to bring action against a logging company for environmental damage.
FAO’s SIDS Solution Platform, in addition to the SIDS solution Forum and Dialogue, have propelled the implementation of innovative ideas like My Kana. Innovations are essential for transforming food production, distribution and consumption.

“People in Their 30s and 40s Dying:” Says My Kana App Developer

Irene Chief’s words are stark as she describes what spurred her and her colleague Kama Ateca to do something about unhealthy diets in their island nation of Fiji.
Solomon Islands Technical Specialist, Zoe Victoria Tate said: "Mobile money has the potential to drive financial inclusion and boost economic activity and digital innovation in the Solomon Islands, where more than 71% of the largely young population owns a mobile phone."

UNCDF Partners with Our Telekom to Develop Mobile Money Services in Solomon Islands

The UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is embarking on a joint historic project with Our Telekom to launch mobile money services in Solomon Islands in efforts to boost financial inclusion and transform the digital payments ecosystem in the country.
Grade 9 students at Norsup Secondary School, Malekula Island in Vanuatu.

Time to Reprioritise Girls’ Education

“If you educate a girl, you educate a nation,” an African proverb tells us. While it is important to invest in the education of girls for their own sake, benefits ripple to children, families, and their communities more broadly when women and girls have access to education.