Economy Archive September 2011


RAMSI PPF Commander, Paul Osborne, Special Coordinator, Nicholas Coppel, Solomon Islands Permanent Secretary for RAMSI, Paul Tovua discuss RAMSI's transition with Makira-Ulawa Premier, Thomas Weape.

RAMSI and Government Talk Transition with Makira

Officials from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), RAMSI and Solomon Islands Government today met with the Premier of Makira-Ulawa Province, Thomas Weape to discuss the next phase of RAMSI's work in Solomon Islands.
Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Maelanga in Gao-Bugotu this week.

Government Shows Support to Gao-Bugotu Festival

The Solomon Islands Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Hon. Manasseh Maelanga has assured the nation that the ruling NCRA government will continue to advocate and support the preservation and promotion of our cultural practices - many of which are at risk of disappearing.
Many in rural Solomon Islands are reportedly not happy with the gradual handover of policing from RAMSI to the RSIPF.

Solomon Islands' Police call for calm on Weathercoast

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is calling on people along the country's Weathercoast to remain calm as policing responsibility in the region changes.
More than SB$26 million dollars will be invested to accelerate the delivery of sustainable access to water and sanitation services in these five provinces.

Water Project Reaches the Province

A water facility project will be launched in Honiara this afternoon by the Solomon Islands Government, the European Union and UNICEF.

National Development Strategy to be launched

The Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination will today officially launch the country's National Development Strategy.

PAC Has the Mandate: Wale

The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says it is mandated to look into public expenditure and public resources and assets.

Dolphin Study to Proceed

Ocean Park is pressing ahead with controversial research into bottle-nose dolphin populations in and around the Solomon Islands, but insists it will not capture wild mammals from the area.
Kastom Garden works through partnerships with around 100 community based organizations.

KGA Spreads Message with SB$20 Million Funding Support

The Kastom Garden Association (KGA) and the Australia Government have signed a three year agreement that will provide thousands of families throughout the country with improved varieties of food crops and advice on effective farming methods and family nutrition.
"Solomon Islands are deeply committed to international human rights standard and principles set out in UN Conventions and Treaties," said Hon. Agovaka.

Foreign Minister Presents Before UN Human Rights Council

Solomon Islands Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Peter Shanel Agovaka MP, has presented the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Solomon Islands before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday 21st September 2011.

Solomon Islander Takes up Top MSG Post

Peter Forau of Solomon Islands is now the new Director General of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat.

Independence of Trade Office Required

Solomon Islands says that the independence and integrity of the Pacific's Trade Advisory Office is a priority for the region and should not be undermined by Australian funding decisions.
Hon. Lilo explained that his final decision to revoke his initial approval was carefully made.

Airlines Loan Clarified

The Solomon Islands, Finance Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo has confirmed that he has revoked his earlier approval of a loan to purchase a Dash-8 aircraft.

Isabel to Hold Cultural Festival

People of Gao-Bugotu Constituency in Isabel Province are bracing for their first ever Cultural Festival at Huali Village coming Monday on the theme "Know you culture, know your future".
Adventist pastors baptizing new church members in the Lunga River last week.

More Joins Church After Outreach

In the largest Seventh-day Adventist baptism in Solomon Islands history, hundreds of people joined the church during a public outreach series this month by evangelist John Carter.
Hon. Lilo said the Logging industry is the largest contributor to Government revenue and a key player within the economy.

Solomon Islands to Increase Log Values

The Solomon Islands Minister for Finance and Treasury, Hon Gordon Darcy Lilo, yesterday announced that the government has agreed to increase the determined value of logs to ensure it matches with the international prices our logs are receiving in the world markets.
Hon. Peter Shanel Agovaka (thrid from left) with representatives of the Pacific Island Forum and Solomon Islanders working in Geneva, Switzerland.

Solomon Mission Opens in Geneva

Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Peter Shanel Agovaka, has officially opened the Solomon Islands Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office and other International organizations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Correctional Service to Commence Policy Reviews

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services say it will look at reviewing the Correctional Services Act that governs appointments of members to the parole board.
Solomon Islands Ambassador to Taiwan, Victor Ngele, while receiving the items.

Taiwan Donation a Boost to Health Services

Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH) on Monday pledged to donate customized medical equipment to the Solomon Islands, to help combat the high maternal and newborn death rates in the island country.

Dialogue Further Strengthens Relationship

The initial bilateral consultation on the Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) between the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands was held this month in Port Moresby from 12-13 September 2011.

Police Top Post Soon to be Filled

The shortlisting of candidates for the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) top post has been concluded.

Form Five Students Begin Exams

Throughout the country, the Form five students in Secondary Schools have yesterday, begun their Solomon Islands School Certificate (SISC) examinations.
Even the little kids lent a helping hand on "Clean up the World Day" last week.

Clean Up Day a Success

On Saturday 17 September, staff of the Australian High Commission in Solomon Islands were joined by local volunteers in an extraordinary effort to protect and improve the environment for future generations.
The Partnership Framework and the National Peace Building Policy is planned to be as inclusive as possible.

Peace Stakeholder Dialogue Begins

The Solomon Islands Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) will for the first time hold a Peace Stakeholders Dialogue starting today and ending on the 22nd.

Australia's Human Rights Grants Now Open

The Australian High Commission in the Solomon Islands has announced that Australia's Human Rights Grants Scheme (HRGS) 2011-12 is now open for applications.

Honiara to Host Correctional Women's Conference

Solomon Islands will this week for the first time host the Pacific Islands Correctional Women's Conference.

Ministry of Health to Build Provincial Capacity

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical services says it has begun working on a policy change to increase the capacity of provincial health services in the country.

Fiji to Offer Air Traffic Training

Airports Fiji Limited will now provide training for Solomon Islands air traffic controllers and other personnel involved in managing air space.

MOU on Seasonal Workers Submitted

The Australian High Commission has submitted a draft Memorandum of Understanding to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs a week after Australia's recent announcement of including Solomon Islands in it's Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme.
RAMSI head,Nicholas Coppell stated withdrawal is also about stepping back to create space for the RSIPF to take the lead.

RAMSI Withdrawal A Long Term Process

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI, has revealed that it will be withdrawing it's personnel from provincial police posts around the country over the next two years.

New Campus to Open Opportunities

The Solomon Islands Government has announced its plans to establish a Canadian Education Campus to provide Solomon Islanders with qualifications to work in Canada and in other countries.

Police Resolve Issues on Leketo Arrest

The Solomon Islands Acting Commissioner of Police, Walter Kola says the Police have resolved issues with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission over the arrest of former Black Shark militant, Samson Leketo.
Bundaberg Special School student, Samantha Welch is taking a special friend on the trip to the Solomon Islands.

Exciting Voyage Begins for Special Students

There were teary farewells and excitement in the air at the Bundaberg Railway Station yesterday as 24 Bundaberg Special School students boarded the train on the first leg of their adventure to the Solomon Islands.
With more than 80% of the population in the rural areas, birth registration has proven challenging for the country.

UNICEF Assists with Birth Registration

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund or UNICEF has launched a campaign to register all births in Solomon Islands by 2015.

Combining Strength as a Way Forward

Six local NGOs and AusAID have presented a strong and united message to the Solomon Islands government and the development community that working together and using a strength-based approach can bring about more sustainable development.

Investigation Continues over Grueling Death

The Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIPF) in Lata, Temotu Province, have confirmed finding the body of a male child with his head missing in Nambalve Village, in Santa Cruz island.

Assistance Promised for Residents to Return

Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has promised to provide air tickets for the Solomon Islanders living illegally in Australia to enable them to return home.
Solomon Islanders will experience life changing opportunities with the new scheme.

New Scheme Well Received

Positive response has been received from Solomon Islands to news that its workers can now be employed on Australian farms through the new Seasonal workers scheme.

'Writeshop' Accelerates Pacific HIV Law Reform

High Level representatives from the Justice, Health and Civil Society Organizations from Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu gather in Nadi to share their experience on human rights compliant HIV Policies and Laws.

Reviving the Cattle Industry?

Four hundred heads of cattle are due to arrive in the country next month, says Agriculture Permanent Secretary, John Harunari.

Environment on High Agenda for Western

Premier of Western Province, George Lilo has commended the Solomon Islands nine provincial premiers on their commitment to the Western Province's Environment Week by discussing environmental governance during the Premier's Roundtable Forum Meeting this week.
Dr Alependava says one of the five people "had displayed symptoms of influenza A or swine flu but is yet to be confirmed."

Athlete Showing Symptoms of Swine Flu

Five athletes have been admitted at the National Referral hospital after contracting a viral infection in New Caledonia during the Pacific Games.

Non-Communicable Diseases Remains a Threat

While at their retreat in Auckland last week, Solomon Islands together with other Forum Leaders have declared that the 'Pacific is in a Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) crisis'.

Manetoali Congratulates Solomon Airlines on New Aircraft

Culture and Tourism Minister Samuel Manetoali says it is "a great privilege to own and operate a sizable aircraft."

Solomon Airlines Concludes Proving Flights

Solomon Airlines has concluded a series of proving flights to neighboring Melanesian countries.

Animal Welfare Group Warns Against Dolphin Export

Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has issued a stern warning that they would not allow the proposed export of 25 live bottle-nose dolphins from Solomon Islands to enter China.

Shape Up or Ship Out: Aqorau

The Head of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Secretariat, Dr Transform Aqorau, has issued a stern warning to fishing companies who refuse to work with the PNA in implementing some its stringent conservation and management measures.
Ban Ki Moon is the first United Nations Secretary general to have visited the Pacific.

Joint Statement by UN Secretary General and Pacific Leaders

Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Leaders and the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN)met on 7 September 2011 during the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland, NewZealand.

Solomon Islands Included in Seasonal Workers Pilot Scheme

Prime Minister Julia Gillard today announced that Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu have been invited to join the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme.

Solomon Airlines Gets CASA Approval

Solomon Airlines announced today that CASA Australia (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) has finally approved their FAOC (Foreign Air Operators Certificate) application which now gives them their operating licence to commence scheduled flights to and from Brisbane.

SINTA and Public Sector Unions sign Agreement with Government

After weeks of negotiations, the Government, SINTA and Public Sector Unions have finally signed a Memorandum of agreement (MOA) for a four percent Cost of Living Adjustment Allowance (COLA) increase.
Amnesty's New Zealand boss Patrick Holmes said walking through poorly-lit areas carrying loads of water makes them "incredibly vulnerable to abuse."

Amnesty Releases Scathing Report on Solomon Islands

An Amnesty International report has revealed that women in the Solomon Islands are routinely raped and abused when walking from city settlements in search of clean water.
At Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, a joint venture agreement with Newmont Mining "has potential for substantial discovery", said the bank.

Fairfax Rates Solomon Gold as a "Buy"

Investment bank Fairfax believes that shares in Solomon Gold rate as a 'buy' based on the firm's two-pronged exploration strategy.
In 2007, 28 live dolphins were exported to Dubai; four years after a similar shipment to Mexico sparked an international outcry in 2003.

Another Planned Dolphin Export?

More than twenty bottlenose dolphins worth millions of dollars will be exported out of the country on Tuesday this week - destined for China.
"Poor food security means weak social stability," said Mr Ban Ki-moon.

UN Chief Highlights Climate Change in Solomon Visit

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon says he has seen firsthand the need for urgent action on climate change after visiting the remote Solomon Islands.

TSI Investigates Taiwanese Scholarship Awards

The country's anti-corruption watchdog Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI)says children of Solomon Islands politicians are being granted coveted Taiwanese scholarships even though they do not meet entry requirements.
Students due to sit their Form Five exam are relieved that the situation has been resolved.

Unions Agree on 4% COLA Award

Parties to the industrial dispute between Public sector unions and the government have resolved their differences by agreeing to a four per cent increase in the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) demanded by the unions.

Taiwan Releases More Funds for Development

Ambassador of the Republic of China, Taiwan to Solomon Islands Roy Wu has released SB$14 million dollars towards assisting development in 47 constituencies of the country.

Allied Gold Extends Exploration on Gold Ridge

Ongoing exploration at Allied Gold's Gold Ridge mine in the Solomon Islands confirms extensions of gold mineralization in the Charivunga area, between the four currently defined Gold Ridge pits.