Economy Archive December 2011

Seasonal Worker Program Announced

Australian farmers will now be able to employ workers from the Pacific Region, including Solomon Islands and East Timor under a permanent Seasonal Worker Program.
Nepal has a rich geography, the mountainous north has eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest.

Solomon Islands Establish Ties with Nepal

Solomon Islands has established diplomatic relations with Nepal.
Few oceanic archipelagos support a greater proportion of the Earth's living diversity, or a richer array of human ways of life and languages.

International Groups Assist in Conservation

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and its US chapter have teamed up with the world-renowned American Museum of Natural History to support the Museum's conservation efforts in the biologically rich and diverse Solomon Islands.
Some of the participants at the training.

New Farming Techniques Help Improve Food Security

Changes to farming techniques using mulching, composting and crop rotation is dramatically improving food production and the quality of produce being grown in Solomon Islands, says Kastom Garden Association.

Government says it will lead RAMSI Phasing-out

The Solomon Islands government spokesperson on RAMSI affairs says the government must lead the process by which the work of the Regional Assistance Mission is wound down.

48 Solomon Islanders Receive Australia Awards Scholarships

Forty eight Solomon Islanders will study at Australian or regional universities next year under Australian scholarships.
Prince William and Kate Middleton will be visiting Solomon Islands on a state visit on behalf of the queen.

Prince William and Kate to Visit Solomon Islands

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will up their royal duties ahead of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year, taking part in their second official oversees visit, Clarence House has confirmed.

Australia Assists SIWIBA

Australia has given A$80,000 (SBD$560,000) to help increase women's leadership and economic empowerment in Solomon Islands.
"We are very pleased that Solomon Islands have responded quickly to Australia's invitation to participate in the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme," said Mr Marles.

Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme Signed

Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles, and Solomon Islands' Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Peter Shanel Agovaka, yesterday signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Solomon Islands' participation in Australia's Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme.

Arts Festival Team Hold Talks in Auki

A four-member delegation from the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts National Organizing Committee (FOPANOC) has ended a three-day consultative meeting with the Malaita Provincial Government last Sunday.
However a person familiar with the industry says that it is unfair that such sentiments are raised "targeting only the supplier."

Boycott Travel to Solomons: Marine Activist

A conservationist is calling on New Zealanders to boycott travel to Solomon Islands in protest at the live export of dolphins to China.

Bipartisan Delegation to Promote Gender Equality in the Pacific

Gender equality will be the focus of a visit to the Pacific this week by a bipartisan delegation led by the Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles.

Activist Lawrence Makili says the dolphins were shipped out without a valid permit, a claim confirmed by the Ministry of Fisheries.

Moves to Enforce Dolphin Export Ban

The Solomon Islands Government says it is moving ahead with draft legislation to enforce a ban on dolphin exports from January next year.

MP Loses Seat

The Solomon Islands minister of communication and aviation, Andrew Hanaria, has lost his seat after losing an election petition.

New Zealand Helps Redevelop Munda Airport

Work is about to begin to develop Solomon Islands Munda airfield so it can take international flights in emergencies.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Munda Airport Project

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held in Munda, Western Province to signal the beginning of construction work for the country's second international airport.
The RAMSI transition is a process involving a gradual draw-down of RAMSI's work and activities in Solomon Islands.

Cabinet Endorses RAMSI Transition

Cabinet has formally endorsed the phased out transition of the work of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI.

Police Arrest Man for Stabbing Partner

Police have arrested a man in his 20's for allegedly stabbing his partner with a kitchen knife at their home in the Henderson area, East Honiara over the weekend.

Celebrating International Volunteer Day

On Monday, 5 December 2011, we celebrate International Volunteer Day.
"Essentially what this means is that workers earning SBD$580 dollars or less per fortnight will not pay any taxes," said the Finance Minister.

More Money for Government Workers

As of next year government workers will get to keep a little more money from their pay.