Economy Archive November 2011

PNG and SI Conclude 10th Annual Senior Officials Meeting

Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands officials have concluded their 10th Annual Senior Officials Meeting in Mount Hagen, Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea last week. The meetings were held on the 24-25 November 2011.

Foreign Minister Speaks on Aid Effectiveness in Busan

The Minister for Foreign Affairs today addressed a side event session organized by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the African Union at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea.

Violence against Women is a Global Concern: Sigimanu

Permanent Secretary for Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, Ethel Sigimanu, says violence against women and girls is a concern on every continent and in every culture.

Mr Makili told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat it's too late to have the shipment recalled.

Claims of Illegal Dolphin Shipment

Solomon Islands environmental campaigner, Lawrence Makili, says an illegal shipment of at least 50 dolphins has been smuggled out of the country bound for China.

PM Lilo Seeks to Revive Coconut Industry

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo says the NCRA government pledges its support to revive the coconut industry.
"Australian High Commission officers have been proud to grow and groom their moustaches in support of Movember," said High Commissioner Anderson.

The Australian High Commission Grows a Mo!

The men of the Australian High Commission have had a hairy month. Led by High Commissioner Matt Anderson, they have been growing moustaches in support of 'MOVEMBER'.

Court Throws Out Case against Tuhanuku

A Principal Magistrate has dismissed charges of indecent assault against former South Pacific Oil Chairman, Joses Tuhanuku.

EU Supports Civil Society Group

The European Union, EU, will give more than SBD$4.8 million dollars to six non state actor groups to further their programmes.

Police Investigate Death

Police have launched an investigation and are speaking to residents of the Tasahe 'B' community near White River after the discovery of a dead body at an abandoned house yesterday afternoon.

Solomon Islands Qualifies for Millennium Funds

Port Moresby-based US Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Teddy Taylor, has said Solomon Islands are now qualified to be considered for funding support under the Millennium Challenge Account, MCA.

Water Supply Project for Honiara and Auki

Work on a multi-million dollar water supply project for Honiara and Auki is expected to start early next year.

Situation Under Control

Police have maintained order in Honiara after the election of Gizo/Kolombangara MP Gordon Darcy Lilo as Prime Minister.
The four recipients to the ALA scholarship.

Four Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

Four Solomon Islanders have been awarded the prestigious Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) scholarship to undertake postgraduate study in Australia next year.

Sogavare Refutes Claims

Hon. Sogavare, a candidate for today's Prime Minister Election, has dismissed claims that Australia's interests and RAMSI's work in Solomon Islands will be undermined if he comes to power.
The Prime Ministerial Elections will be on schedule this morning as planned.

Support Remains Strong for Two Candidates

Hon. Gordon Lilo Darcy and Hon. Milner Tozaka now seem to be the top choice of both the Opposition and the Solomon Islands care taker government, the National Coalition for Reform and Advancement.

More Opportunities Needed for Women

Women in the Solomon Islands need more opportunities to share their experiences of the country's ethnic tension a decade ago.

Women in Business Increase

A regional workshop involving representatives from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu began yesterday in Fiji where discussions will centre on improving growth opportunities for women business owners.

Liquor Ban Made Effective

The Solomon Islands Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Maelanga has again gazetted a liqour and alcohol ban effective today to 8am Sunday, 20th of November.
Diabetes take up almost 50% of the beds in the National Hospital.

Diabetes Remains a Threat

The non-communicable disease, diabetes remains the third top killer in Solomon Islands.

International Mile Race in Gizo

A one mile race will be staged in Gizo next month to coincide with the Western Province Second Appointed Day.

TSI Concerned about Misuse of Aid Money

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) is very concerned that Solomon Islands may lose donors' support as almost 30 percent of billions of dollars spent annually for international development Projects were being diverted by corruption.

Security Measures Tighten in Honiara

The Solomon Islands Police has stepped up its security in Honiara and at parliament house as it take precautionary measures for todays Motion of No Confidence.

Cattle Import Faces Criticisms

The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the country's cattle farmers weren't consulted by the government over the agreement to export livestock to Solomon Islands.

Commission Confident with Evidence

The Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission is confident it has sufficient information to conclude what caused the country's ethnic tensions a decade ago.

Tsunami Exercise Held Today

A National Tsunami Exercise using a long-distance tsunami scenario is being carried out in the Solomon Islands today.

Urbanization Workshop Conducted

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey together with the Honiara City Council is organizing a workshop on the issues and challenges of urbanization in Honiara.

Aircraft Found After 22 years

A United States aircraft that went missing 22 years ago in the Solomon Islands has been found beneath the waters of Santa Ana, Makira/Ulawa.
HMNZS RESOLUTION uses its high tech equipment to capture imagery of HMNZS MOA.

Resolution Connects with History

While undertaking a hydrographic survey in Tulaghi Harbour, Solomon Islands, the crew of HMNZS RESOLUTION took time to connect with the past and remember the crew of WWII Corvette HMNZS MOA.
The Cattles will be kept at FoxWood, east of Honiara.

Cattles Arrive in Solomons

A proud moment was made yesterday when four hundred cattles from neighbouring Republic of Vanuatu were off loaded onto the Solomon Islands shores.

Vanuatu Exports Cattle to Solomons

Vanuatu has made its first ever export of live cattle to Solomon Islands last week.

Marovo; Amazon of the Ocean

There has to be something special about the Marovo Lagoon in the Solomon Islands for it to be nominated as one of the seven natural wonders of Oceania.

Munda Incident Under Investigation

Chiefs are working closely with the police to successfully resolve a violent dispute that led to a large fight between two groups of men in Munda located in the Western Province of Solomon Islands.

Island Life Far from Paradise

Working in a rundown Solomon Islands hospital was a heartbreaking but challenging experience for two Warrnambool medical students.

Worrying Signs Evident in Solomons

A former Police Commissioner of Solomon Islands, Mr. Frank Short has stated that there are some worrying signs for the future of Solomon Islands.

Global Link Strengthened for Primary School

A headteacher in Feniton Church of England Primary School is hoping to strengthen a village's global links during a visit to to the Solomon Islands this week.
Lilo explains that reforms under the arrangement for 2012 will continue to support Government in working to achieve its reform commitments.

Successor Programme for Solomons Approved

Finance and Treasury Minister, Hon Gordon Darcy Lilo, has announced that the Solomon Islands Government has reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on a reform program that can be supported by a precautionary Standby Credit Facility (SCF) once the current SCF arrangement expires this December.

Solomons in "Low Human Development" Category

Despite impressive human development rankings in some of the Pacific Island countries, the region like Solomon Islands face a future of rising sea-levels, reduced fresh water sources, and diminishing fish stocks.

Government Must Address Guadalcanal Demands: Panga

Former Guadalcanal Premier Stephen Panga says the national government to date has done very little to address the demands of the people of Guadalcanal relating to reconciliation, lost properties and land issues.

Opposition Files Police Case Against PM

The Opposition Leader on Tuesday filed an official complaint with the police against Prime Minister Philip for his gross abuse of the 2012 Prime Minister's discretionary fund.
Parliament will begin its meeting next Friday.

Change of Government will Not Affect Budget: Wale

Acting Chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Mathew Wale, says any change of government would not cause any "major disruption to next year's national budget."

Lilo Acknowledges Tax Payers

The Solomon Islands Finance Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo has applauded the many members of the business community, salary and wage earners who have been complying with the countries tax and customs duty laws.

Community Receives Water Supply

On 27 October, Solomon Islands Forestry Minister and Member of Parliament for East Guadalcanal, Bradley Tovosia, and the Australian High Commissioner Matt Anderson launched the Ovana Community Rural Support Supply Project.

Women's Business Association Launches Website

Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) yesterday launched their new webpage to link women running all kinds of businesses with new and potential customers .

Calls for Scholarships for those with Special Needs

The Government of Solomon Islands has been encouraged to set up separate scholarship funds for people with special needs.

Form Six Exams Begin Today

Form six students around the country began sitting their external exams today.