Economy Archive September 2010

Solomon Islands Wins First Match at OFC Women's Nations Cup

Solomon Islands' has won its first match at the OFC Women's Nations Cup, and in doing so jotted down their biggest ever victory at senior women's level.

Government Soon to Release Policy Document

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister is expected to include constitutional reforms in the government's first policy document, which is due to be launched this week.
Dr Levi Hou and Dr James Auto say that goal four of the international development wish-list, reducing child mortality - will take longer to achieve.

Health Related MDG May Not be Achieved

Two leading medical practitioners in Solomon Islands say two of the eight Millennium Development Goals cannot be achieved by the 2015 deadline.
Shift2Neutral and the Solomon Islands Carbon Project believe this can be achieved with real benefits to local stakeholders.

New Initiative to Stop Deforestation

An international organization, Shift2Neutral, has partnered with a local Solomon Islands group to try and start a Carbon Project to protect millions of hectares against deforestation.

Police Commemorate Fallen Officers on Blue Ribbon Day

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force will commemorate its fallen officers during the Police Blue Ribbon Memorial Service today morning.

Sexual Reproductive Health Centre Opens for Children

Save the Children will officially open a sexual and reproductive health resource centre in Honiara today.
Pan pipe music and dance has been recently regarded as the icon of Solomon Islands overseas.

Solomon Islands Ranks Top at Arts Festival

The Solomon Islands contingent to the recent 4th Melanesian Arts Festival in New Caledonia has done pride to the country when they topped the Cultural Arts and Performance category during the Festival.
Remote areas which will be serviced under the project include: Temotu outer islands, Ontong Java & Dai Island, Ulawa and Sikaiana, the Shortland Islands, Makira and the weather coast.

Remote Communities to Gain from Franchise Shipping Scheme

Five franchise routes have been awarded to three ship operators, allowing the first scheduled voyages of ships to remote areas of Solomon Islands, under the Domestic Maritime Support Project.
With pledges of more than $40 billion, the Solomon Islands, over the next five years, could tap into the Global Strategy Fund for Women and Children's Health.

UN Secures $40 billion for Women and Children's Health

Solomon Islands stands to benefit from a USD$40 million pledge from developed members of the UN.
"There is a need to realign our approaches that link to national development priorities, to enhance national ownership and long term sustainability."

Shanel Addresses UN MDG Summit

Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Peter Shanel, joined other Pacific Island Leaders in a United Nations summit, to reiterate the fact that if the developed world wants developing countries to meet all eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015, then they will have to provide more help.
AusAID Development Counsellor, Juliette Brassington, congratulating Australian Leadership Award winner Joyce Maetoloa who will be studying Tourism at Masters level at the University of Queensland.

Top Local candidates win Australian Leadership Award scholarships

The Australian Development Counsellor in Solomon Islands, Juliette Brassington, today announced that eight Solomon Islands high performers will be offered a prestigious Australian Leadership Award (ALA) Scholarship for 2011.
The miniseries features well-known battles on Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa, as well as Basilone's involvement in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Country Fails to Capitalize on "The Pacific" Popularity

The Solomon Islands has failed to capitalize on the hugely popular "The Pacific" mini series, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.
Solomon Islands tribemen hunting dolphins.

Conservationists Score Major Victory to Save Dolphins

The Earth Island Institute team successfully negotiated an end to a 450 year tradition of killing dolphins with three of eight tribes in the Solomon Islands.

Solomon Gold Tops LSE Risers on Fauro Gold Project Results

Shares in Solomon Gold soared and at one point nearly doubled after the company announced the assay results from initial surface sampling on its 100% owned Fauro Island project in the Solomon Islands. The stock was still trading up 62% at midday.

HCC Team Leader Happy with Attendance on Draft Constitution Feedback

Honiara City Council's Constitutional Congress team has started its meetings on the feedback of the 1st 2009 Draft Federal Constitution yesterday with about a third of invited participants in attendance.
Mr Knight says that it will take time for the government to understand and attain knowledge of the mining industry and cites Papua New Guinea as an example.

The Rise of the Mining Industry?

Excitement is certainly growing within government circles with experts revealing, based on research and exploration, that highly lucrative gold deposits were found on Fauro Island.

New Shipping Services Begin for Solomon Islands

New shipping services to seven of Solomon Islands most remote Island groups begin this month.
Solomon Islands representative to Cuba, Ambassador Collin Beck with students in Cuba.

SI Medical Students in Cuba Complete Academic Year in Style

Seventy-four Spanish speaking Solomon Islanders studying medicine in Cuba have successfully completed its first academic year in July 2010.

Petitions will take time: Electoral Office

The Solomon Islands chief electoral officer says it's unlikely the petitions against the recent election results in the High Court will be heard before the end of the year.

New Kindergarten Opens in Aruligo Today

A new kindergarten in Harabau Community, Aruligo, will open today, following support from Save the Children's Youth Outreach Participation Project (YOPP).
Solomon Gold says the first 58 out of 215 samples taken suggest gold mineralization 'similar in style' to the major Lihir Island gold deposit in Papua New Guinea.

Significant Gold Find on Fauro Islands

Solomon Gold says sampling at its Fauro Island project in the Shortland Islands, West Solomons, indicates 'significant' gold mineralization.
Tri Marine has bought 51 percent while NPF brought 29 percent shares. ICSI and the Western Province have 10 percent shares each.

NPF and Tri Marine Invest in Soltai Fisheries

The Solomon Islands National Provident Fund and Tri Marine have invested in Soltai fisheries.

Marshall Urges Fugitive to Surrender

Head of the Royal Solomon Islands Police, Peter Marshall has called on a fugitive, Stanley Gitoa to give himself up.
Based on eyewitness accounts, the plane may have been a light aircraft.

No Plane Crash, Says Police

The mystery plane crash, reported by villagers in Ogou Village and people living on Leli Island, just off the northeast coast of Malaita near Atoifi, has been ruled out.
A team from RAMSI had flown to the island by chopper last night but due to bad weather, they were unable to see anything from aerial surveys.

Ministry of Aviation Investigates Mystery Crash

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Aviation, Jeffery Wickham, says that his Ministry is currently conducting investigations into reports that a light airplane had crashed into the jungles of East Malaita.
It is understood that security measures at the Campus have been beefed up with heavy mobile police presence as of last Thursday.

Clashes Disrupt Classes in Unitech, PNG

Solomon Islands students studying at Unitech in Lae Papua New Guinea are still uncertain as to when classes will resume.

Former Forestry Commissioner Escapes Prison Sentence

A Former Forestry Commissioner has gotten off lightly on official corruption charges after a Magistrate ruled on a suspended sentence.
Premier Panga says his government respects the Tongan government's decisions not to waiver jurisdiction for their two soldiers.

Guadalcanal Premier Speaks on Titinge Incident

The Guadalcanal Provincial Government has expressed disappointment on the recent developments of the shooting death of a former police officer, allegedly by stray bullets from firearms belonging to two military officers of the Regional Assistance Mission.

Mobile Banking Can Transform Lives: Simbe

The Government can transform the lives of its rural people by supporting and encouraging the introduction of mobile phone banking services in the country.

Winning Candidate Ready to Defend Himself against Petition

Chairman of the Taskforce for the winning candidate for East Are'are Constituency on Malaita has defended the victory of Andrew Hanaria as MP for the constituency.
The successful Trivia Night was a youth driven initiative in recognition of the growing concern of domestic violence in the country.

Trivia Ends With Handover of Goods to Christian Care Centre

Miss Solomon Islands 2009, Rabobo Toma, together with the Henderson Hammer Heads Rugby club, following their Charity Fundraiser, handed over kitchen, gardening and various essentials to the Christian Care Centre on Wednesday this week.

Telecommunication Commissioner Pleased with Launching of Bemobile

Telecommunication Commissioner says the Commission is pleased with Be-mobile's launch and hopes that it will perform well in the telecommunication market.
Mr Sevele says their soldiers were only acting under the rules of engagement.

Tonga's PM Comments on Soldiers

Tonga's Prime Minister says there is no need for his soldiers to remain in the Solomon Islands to answer questions about the shooting death of a former national police officer.

Bemobile Overwhelmed!

Chief Executive officer of the newly launched Bemobile says the company is overwhelmed by the outcome of Tuesdays launching.
Past governments have used expansionary fiscal policies, which basically encouraged more government spending but slightly less tax, because of the boom in the forestry sector in past decades.

We Must Spend Within Our Limits: Lilo

Solomon Islanders are likely to face a much tighter fiscal policy regime from the new government, meaning a reduction in government spending and a possible increase in tax.

Taxation Issues a Top Priority: Lilo

The country's new Finance Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo says taxation issues will top the list of priorities for the Ministry this term.

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