Economy Archive April 2010

Police media says that the paper has exaggerated its report by saying that there is 'hostility' among Solomon's police.

Police Media Unit Refutes Report

The police media has denied claims by Australian newspaper, The Australian which reported that "there is hostility among Solomon Islands police."

Former MPA Considers Suing Former MPs over RCDF

A former member of the provincial assembly (MPA) of Choiseul Province has blamed the Taiwanese government for releasing the $10 million dollars payout to the outgoing members of parliament.
Mr Sogavare says that the public has all the right to vent their frustration in the media since "it is simply an irresponsible decision by the caretaker government."

Sogavare Blasts Decision to Release RCDF

Former Opposition Leader and East Choiseul MP, Manasseh Sogavare has condemned the decision by the CNURA Government for the payment of the entire Rural Constituency Development Fund (RCDF)for the country's 50 constituencies for 2010.

Sue Me, Says Sasako

Veteran journalist Alfred Sasako says he welcomes plans by the Director of Public Prosecution, Ronald Bei Talasasa to take him and others to court for criminal libel and defamation of character.
The concerned student said that should authorities in Fiji catch these students they could face difficulties since the person they are borrowing from is not a legal money lender.

USP Students Trade Passports for Money

A concerned student, writing from the University of the South Pacific's (USP) Laucala campus in Fiji, has called on relevant authorities to investigate allegations that students are trading in their passports for money.

People Encouraged to Check Voters List

Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Polycarp Haununu, is urging people to look out for the draft voters' list and help the Electoral Commission make a better list for the National General Election.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service Held

Solomon Islands government officials have joined the Australian and New Zealand diplomatic community to commemorate the ANZAC day in a dawn service at the Honiara Central Police station.

Memorial to Honour Local Wartime Scouts

Solomon Islands will be able to have its own war memorial to honours the services and bravery of Solomon Islands Wartime Scouts and Coast watchers along the Point Cruz Wharf area by the 7th of August this year.

PM Withdraws Bill

The Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua has withdrawn the Political Parties Registration and Administration Bill 2009 in Parliament this morning.
Prime Minister Sikua says the two political reform bills would have addressed the kind of behaviour shown by his five former ministers and government backbenchers when bills were before parliament.

PM Appoints New Ministers

The Prime Minister has replaced the five cabinet ministers he sacked on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister, Dr. Derek Sikua has confirmed the sacking of five of his Ministers yesterday.

Prime Minister Sacks Five Ministers

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua has sacked five of his cabinet ministers.
The Australian High Commissioner, HE Mr Frank Ingruber during the hand over in Isabel.

Australia Assists Huali in Isabel

Last week, the Australian High Commissioner, HE Mr Frank Ingruber, officially handed over five 1,000 Litre water tanks to the Huali community in Isabel province, Solomon Islands.
The representatives of twelve community groups during the handover this week.

Australia Funds Community Projects

Representatives of 12 community groups gathered at the Australian High Commission this week for a handover of project funding for small community development projects spread across all provinces of Solomon Islands.

No Laws for Dolphin Trade Ban

The Solomon Islands government says its laws donot provide for a ban on the dolphin trade.
SICTU says that the increase and other awards in the 2010 PER are "unjustified, selfish and is a mockery of the country's government system."

SICTU Plans Nationwide Strike

The Solomon Islands Council of Trade Union, SICTU, the country's trade union umbrella body, will be meeting today to decide on a nation-wide strike in protest of the 11 percent salary increase to members of Parliament.

Seasonal Employment Understanding Signed

The Solomon Islands and New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme partnership will be strengthened by the signing of an Inter-Agency Understanding (IAU) between the Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade and the New Zealand Department of Labour this morning.

Police Assist to Resolve Munda Murder

Munda Police have arrested and charged a 30-year-old man in relation to the death of young man from Rendova at Munda last Wednesday.
Scientists report that both bigeye and yellowfin species are being overfished and are in danger without significant reductions in annual catches.

Solomons in Tuna Conservation Meeting

Solomon Islands is one of the eight Pacific island nations currently in Majuro, Marshall Islands, with the aim of tightening conservation measures on our tunas.
Despite many Police raids, the only way Kwaso problems can be solved is through community assistance.

Kwaso, a Huge Problem

The local brewed spirit, Kwaso, is now becoming Solomon Islands biggest law and order problem.

Visitor's Bureau Opens Australian Marketing Office

The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau has opened it's Australian Marketing Representative office.
Mr. Berman says he's struck deal with the Fanalei and Walande people to stop the slaughter of dolphins.

Environmentalist Wants Government to Ban Dolphin Trading

Environmental organisation, Earth Island Institute, wants the Solomon Islands government to ban dolphin trading altogether.

I will Contest for PM: Fono

The current Deputy Prime Minister Fred Fono, in an interview with Radio Australia, revealed that he will contest for the position of Prime Minister should he win the upcoming elections.
UNDP's work in capacity building is very important for the future of the country, said Dr. Derek Sikua during a meeting with Ms. Elizondo yesterday.

Village Party and High Level Talks for UNDP Official Visiting Solomon Islands

During a three-day visit to the Solomon Islands, UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ms. Ligia Elizondo, met with key politicians in the country to discuss strategic national issues such as the upcoming elections, peace building, and the impact of climate change.

New Zealander Charged for Drink Driving

An expatriate from New Zealand was today fined more than $1,000 for a driving charge at the Magistrate's Court.

PM Sikua Pleased With RAMSI Achievements

Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua is pleased with achievements made by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in improving law and order and systems of Government after seven years of intervention.
"UNDP and AusAID, your assistance is like a ray of sunlight in our darkest hours.." said community representative Julian Chonigolo in her speech to the visitors.

Warm Welcome to UNDP Official in Aruligo

It looked scary when villagers dressed like traditional warriors rushed towards Ms. Ligia Elizondo with spears and bush knives, but it was only part of Horobau's heartily welcome to UNDP's Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific.

6.8-magnitude Quake Strikes Solomon Islands

A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands in the western Pacific on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami alert or reports of damage.

Solomon Islands Says RAMSI ECM Ensures Transparency

Solomon Islands has described the Enhanced Consultative Mechanism (ECM) on the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) as a very important process "to ensure transparency and effective implementation of the Partnership Framework between the Government and RAMSI."
As part of her trip, Ms. Elizondo will travel to Aruligo in West Guadalcanal to inaugurate a village water supply system.

Senior UNDP Official Visits Solomon Islands

UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ms. Ligia Elizondo, is currently in the country on an official visit from 11-13 April.
Mr McMullan said that the strategy is clearly set out in the 2009 partnership framework between the Solomon Islands government, RAMSI and Pacific Islands Forum.

RAMSI Exit Depends on Performance Benchmarks: McMullan

Chairman of the Enhanced Consultative Mechanism talks on RAMSI, Bob McMullan, has said that the mission's exit strategy will not focus on a date rather it would be "through setting a series of performance benchmarks."
Participants during the discussions  of the "Gender, Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change" workshop.

First Gender in Disaster Workshop Held

Imagine a woman lying unconscious and dressed in the tattered remnants of her clothing after a disaster. And imagine that it takes more time than necessary to give her first aid because the men in the search team do not want to touch her due to cultural codes.
The report says that Solomon Islanders in general will be worse off by the end of this year than they were in 2008 - because of negative growth in 2009 and a continuing population growth.

World Bank Calls For Prudent Fiscal Management

The World Bank is calling for careful fiscal management from the Solomon Islands government as a decline in logging continues to impact on government revenues and foreign exchange receipts.
Deputy Secretary-General Ransford Smith said that the Facility represents Commonwealth's direct response to the priority needs of its membership in the region.

Commonwealth Governance Institution Launched

An initiative to strengthen democratic and governance institutions, accountability and transparency, and people's access to information in the Pacific region has been launched in Honiara.

RAMSI Consultative Meeting Underway

The sixth consultative meeting between the Solomon Islands Government, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands and the Pacific Islands Forum is underway in Honiara.

Australia Provides $15 million to Support Income Opportunities for the Poor

Australia will provide a further $15 million to innovative private sector projects in Solomon Islands to promote poverty reduction and economic growth.

Enhanced Consultative Mechanism Meeting Held

The Enhanced Consultative Mechanism (ECM) between the Solomon Islands Government (SIG), the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and the Pacific Islands Forum yesterday held its sixth meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
The Hon. William Haomae with the Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth Mr Ransford Smith.

Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General Visits Solomon Islands

The Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth Mr Ransford Smith is currently in the Solomon Islands on a five day visit.

Former Premier's Trial in June

Former premier of Western Province Alex Lokopio has appeared for final mention at the Magistrate's Court this morning.

Solomons to Benefit from Telecommunications Project

Solomon Islands will benefit from a multi-million dollar telecommunications technical assistance project, aimed at assisting the newly established telecommunications commission, over a period of five years.

Solomons to Feature Strongly at World Expo

A Solomon Islands group will today leave for Shanghai, China to help organize an exhibition for Solomon Islands at the upcoming World Expo 2010 later this month.

Customs and Excise Clarifies Vehicle G3440

The Customs and Excise today clarifies issues pertaining to Customs vehicle G 3440. The Comptroller of Customs, Mr. Nathan Kama described various reports on the vehicle in the Solomon Star as erroneous.