All Archive September 2013

Moti Appointed first Professor of Law in Fiji

The University of Fiji has appointed former Solomon Islands Attorney General Julian Moti as its first Professor of Law.

Telekom in-house Union Issue Strike Notice

The Solomon Islands Telekom Workers Union has issued a 28-day strike notice to management, citing dissatisfaction with the organization's planned restructure exercise.
DPM Maelanga and UAE Assistant Foreign Minister Dr. Saeed Alshamsi in New York.

Solomon Islands Hold Talks with UAE in New York

Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Solomon Islands Delegation to the 68th UN General Assembly meeting in New York has held talks with officials from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government on Friday to discuss enhanced cooperation in the renewable energy sector between the two countries.
Solomon Islands is an important supplier of tuna, however, three-quarters of the catch is taken by foreign boats under licensing agreements and processed in other countries.

IFC Invests US$10 Million in Solomon Islands’ Tuna Industry

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will lend US$10 million to SolTuna Limited, a tuna processor located in Solomon Islands, to support expansion of capacity and enable the local economy to benefit more from the income generated by the tuna industry.

CBSI Launches Upgraded Banknote

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) yesterday unveiled the new $50 banknote at an event attended by a number of VIPs including the Finance Minister Rick Hou. This is the first denomination of the new family to be launched; the rest of the new banknotes will be issued over the course of the next few years.
DPM Maelanga and Minister Bruno Rodriquez at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Maelanga Conveys Gratitude to Cuba

Deputy Prime Minister and Head of delegation to the 68th UN General Assembly, Manasseh Maelanga has conveyed Solomon Islands gratitude to the Government of Cuba for its vision and willingness to assist the country to train its medical doctors.

Solomon Islands Supports Elimination of all Nuclear Weapons

Solomon Islands has supported a global call for the complete elimination of all Nuclear Weapons and other weapons of mass destruction at a High Level meeting on Nuclear Disarmament during the 68th UN General Assembly in New York.
Mr. Yourn says that there is certainly alot of work to be done in improving the environment, but he says “it is a friendly environment, and there is certainly alot of potential in the tourism industry, which does have the potential to replace the logging industry.”

Investors Urged to Look to the Solomon Islands

The Australian Pacific Islands Business Council is organizing a forum in Brisbane next month, bringing together business leaders in Australia together with Solomon Islands officials in an effort to show that the country is open for business.
Experts Praise Pacific Sea Level Monitoring Project

Experts Praise Pacific Sea Level Monitoring Project

Regional experts in land and marine survey and management commended the work of the AusAID-funded Pacific Sea Level Monitoring (PSLM) Project at the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Symposium in Suva last week.

Prepare for Future Leadership: PM Lilo

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has encouraged participants of the Regional Youth Parliament to prepare themselves “to become future productive leaders.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with President Christopher J. Loeak of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Ban, President Loeak Discuss Stronger Partnership with Pacific island Nations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the Marshall Islands today discussed ways to strengthen the partnership between the United Nations and the Pacific island nations.
Dr Tagini says implicated individuals and companies must be investigated “as to whether or not they obtained monies unlawfully or fraudulently from the process.”

Gold Scandal Will Be Investigated: Dr Tagini

The Special Task Force to the Goldridge Royalty Payment scandal has recommended that investigations into the role played by individuals and government officials, implicated in the embezzlement, be carried out with immediate effect.

JCSG Seeks to Organize Peaceful Public Forum

The Joint Civil Society (JCSG) is seeking permission from relevant authorities including the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force to hold a public forum on the ‘Peoples Petition against Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo’ later this week.

Solomon Islands Calls for Permanent UN Office

Solomon Islands have called for a permanent UN presence in the country in order to truly understand the post conflict and recovery situation here.

Bilikiki Bow Out of Beach Soccer World Cup

Solomon Islands bow out of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Tahiti at the group stage for the fifth consecutive time after losing a 7-6 thriller to El Salvador in Papeete today.
Landowners have welcomed the Report, stating that it should result in the prosecution of those involved.

Gold Royalty Embezzlement Report Presented to PM

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo was presented the Gold Ridge Royalty payment investigation report this afternoon.

SI Delegation Arrive in New York for UNGA

The Solomon Islands Delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has arrived in New York on Saturday to participate in the UN General Assembly meeting which starts on Monday.
Those close to Mr. Aoranisaka says that he has a strong track record within the force, and should be given the opportunity to explain himself if the accident is confirmed.

New PC In Car Accident?

Unconfirmed reports state that the soon to be appointed Police Commissioner, Mr Peter Aoranisaka, was involved in a car accident at the town ground area over the weekend.

CRU Denies Cancelling Congress Meeting

The Constitutional Reform Unit (CRU), within the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, strongly refutes an article carried by Sunday star suggesting the Final Plenary of the Congress has been cancelled due to lack of funds.

Australian Volunteer Surgeons to Visit Western Province

A visiting Australian volunteer surgical team will spend two weeks in Western Province later this month providing free consultations and treatment for people with medical or general surgical conditions.
Robert Laua finished a skilful passing move which resulted in a stunning goal for the Bilikiki.

Solomon Islands Battle Courageously Against Argentina

An incredible comeback from Argentina at the Beach Soccer World Cup in Tahiti has dampened Solomon Islands hopes as they finished 8-5 in a high-scoring affair which saw six goals produced in a five minute period at one stage.
Mr Lilo reminded athletes that the Solomon Games is not only about winning but it is also the spirit of sportsmanship and comradeship.

PM Officially Opens Solomon Games

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has officially opened the 5th Solomon Games in Tulagi, Central Province yesterday.

PM Announces Major Sporting Projects

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has announced his Government’s commitment in establishing major sporting projects in the country.

New Police Commissioner Named

After much speculation and anticipation the new Police Commissioner has been named. He is Mr Peter Aoranisaka from Marau Sound in East Guadalcanal.
The assessment found that government contracts allocated under the programme inflated freight service charges and shipping charters by three to four times the normal price.

Eight Sacked Over Health Funding Fraud

Eight Solomon Islands public servants are reported to have been fired over a US$1.4 million dollar government fraud.
VDS Raises Fishing Revenue for Pacific

VDS Raises Fishing Revenue for Pacific

Head of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA)says the organisation's vessel day scheme (VDS) has doubled revenue for member countries but is still to reach its full potential.
“Whatever disagreements we may have against the Prime Minister, we must continue to respect the office he holds; not giving due respect to the office he holds is as bad as what they are accusing the Prime Minister of.”

Joint Civil Society Group Complete Petition

The Joint Civil Society Group has completed the proposed “Peoples' Petition” and will be endorsing it in their meeting tomorrow.

Police on the Hunt for Looters

The Guadalcanal Provincial Police in Solomon Islands have arrested a man in relation to a looting incident, where equipment worth over SBD$3 million (US$420,000) were stolen.
As Foreign Minister, Ms Bishop will lead Australian efforts to strengthen relations with our key partners and drive Australia’s contribution to global and regional forums.

Bishop is Australia's Foreign Minister

The Hon Julie Bishop MP was sworn in as Australia’s 38th Minister for Foreign Affairs this morning at Government House in Canberra.

PM Lilo Welcomes Delegates to Pacific Tuna Forum

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo last night welcomed regional delegates to the 4th Pacific Tuna Forum in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Alfred Sasako is a former politician and a well respected journalist within the region.

Fiji Rejects Sasako’s Claims

The Fiji government has rejected claims by Alfred Sasako that they had demanded that Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo explain his recent State visit to Indonesia.

PM’s Office Condemns Sasako’s Latest Claims

The Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) condemned in the strongest term an article by Alfred Sasako carried in the Island Sun, which falsely claimed that members of Solomon Islands delegation who recently visited Indonesia were given envelopes containing money.
A source within the Prime Ministers Office says they are concerned that "such confidential documents are being leaked to such groups."

PM Must Not Politicize Police Commissioner’s Appointment: JCSG

The Joint Civil Society Group (JSCG) says they are concerned that recommendations of the Police & Prisons Commission, in assessing and selecting the new Police Commissioner, may be completely disregarded due to political interest.

Rain Delays Airstrip Work in Gizo

The final stage of New Zealand’s largest single aid project has again been delayed in Solomon Islands due to bad weather.
Ferguson Vaghi program co-ordinator for the landowners group in Western Province, told Pacific Beat the logging company had not gone through the proper procedures to obtain a logging licence.

Landowners Win Logging Injunction in Court

Landowners in the Solomon Islands have successfully taken action in the High Court to stop logging in the country's biggest conservation area.

Provincial Government Funds Released

The National Government through the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) has released a SB$16.1 million Provincial Capacity Development Funding for Provincial Governments that are qualified for the funding.

Telekom Release Funds for Football

'Our Telekom' has announced the release of funds totaling SBD$700,000 as part of its partnership with the national football federation, SIFF.

Government Refutes Claims by Transparency International

The Solomon Islands Government says a statement issued by Transparency Solomon Islands about a bill to establish an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) being tabled in Parliament early next year is misleading.
The Solomon Islands university is in replacement of the former Solomon Islands College of Higher Education.

Government Owes University Millions

The Solomon Islands National University's School of Education has closed most of its facilities and services to students funded by the Government.
A Barge landing onto a community wharf in Kolobangara in the Western Solomon Islands.

Community Fights Against Logging Operations

Landowners on Kolombangara Island have successfully taken action in the High Court to stop logging operations and protect the Solomon Islands largest conservation area.

Fiji: New Constitution Fails to Protect Fundamental Human Rights

Fiji’s proposed new constitution falls far short of international standards of human rights law and is another step backwards in guaranteeing human rights protection for all, Amnesty International said.

Honiara Hosts Regional Tax Meeting

Solomon Islands Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Mark Bell has welcomed regional delegates and observers to the 10th Anniversary meeting of the Pacific Islands Tax Administrators’ Association (PITAA) to Honiara yesterday.

Lilo to Receive Report on Gold Ridge Royalty

Report on the investigation into the payment of the royalties to Gold Ridge landowners is expected to be presented to the Solomon Islands Prime Minister by the end of the week.

Fiji Hosts Look and Learn Team

A joint look and learn team comprising officials from the Solomon Islands Ministry of Provincial Government, the Choiseul Provincial Government and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey have left for a mission in Fiji.
Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Maelanga will lead the Solomon Islands Delegation which leaves the country on September 20 and will return on the first week of October.

Maelanga to Lead UNGA Delegation

The Solomon Islands Government will send a 13 member delegation to represent the country at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in New York later this month.
Tony Abbott will be Australia's next Prime Minister after his Liberal-National coalition defeated Kevin Rudd's Labor for the first time in six years.

PM Lilo Congratulates New Australian PM

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has congratulated Australian Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott on his election victory on Saturday.

DPM Condemns Moves to Topple Government

Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has strongly condemned rumors of planned illegal activities by certain Civil Society groups attempting to overthrow the NCRA Government.

PSC Accepts Wickham’s Resignation

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the resignation of Frank Wickham, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and livestock.
General Manager of Varivao Holdings, Dudley Longamei and IACT Team Leader, Samu Turagacati shake hands during the handover of machines as part of IACT's assistance.

Local Company Reaches New Heights

Varivao Holdings Limited, a coffee exporter from the Solomon Islands, has significantly improved its production level with support from the European Union (EU) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community through the EU-funded Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) project.

Gizo Flights to Resume

Solomon Airlines has announced that flights to Gizo in the Western Province will recommence on September 22 following the scheduled completion of work on the Nusatupe airstrip.

Sort Out Your Differences: SICCI

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling on the Government, Opposition and Civil Society groups debating over the media to sort out their differences and put the issue to responsible authorities.
Prior to the Prime Minister’s visit, the two Governments’ reached an understanding that the Indonesian Government will refund any funds paid by the Solomon Islands Government to enable the state visit.

Indonesia Refunds PM’s Visit Expenses

The Indonesian Government has refunded in full the expenses paid by the Solomon Islands Government for Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo’s recent state visit to Jakarta last month.

Tax and Duty Exemptions Tightened

The Minister of Finance and Treasury Rick Houenipwela announced that as of today the Government is introducing much stricter controls over the granting of duty and tax exemptions.

SPC EU Support for Coastal Protection in Tongatapu, Tonga

Tonga will begin trialling coastal protection methods to arrest beach erosion and buy more time for communities living near the coast to adapt to climate change.

Businesses for Indigenous People Looked Into

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration says it is investigating allegations that foreigners are finding ways of running businesses reserved for indigenous people.

Taiwan Rejects Chequebook Diplomacy

Taiwan has rejected accusations it is engaging in chequebook diplomacy in the Pacific and buying loyalty from poorer countries in exchange for aid.
While it is difficult to ascertain the level of support for the petition, many early contributors appear more cautious than supportive.

“Peoples” Petition Planned Against PM

The Joint Civil Society Group (JCSG) is working on a petition against Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo – calling on the Prime Minister to resign.
The Solomon Islands will now encounter Netherlands, El Salvador and Argentina in Group B at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup which is being held from 18-28 September in Papeete, Tahiti.

Bilikiki Reclaim Beach Soccer Crown

The Solomon Islands saved their best for last as they booked their tickets to Tahiti 2013 with a glut of goals in the third period during today’s 6-0 victory over New Caledonia at the OFC Beach Soccer Championship 2013.