Economy Archive December 2012

Temotu Premier Defends Mining Company

The Premier of Temotu Province says the benefits of a deal to permit a foreign mining company to extract underwater minerals from its waters outweigh the concerns.
TSI encourages the Ministry to ensure that leaders, administrators and loggers do not escape the law.

Transperancy Pleased With Forestry Department

Transparency Solomon Islands, TSI, says it is pleased with the initiative taken by the Ministry of Forestry to crack down on 'irresponsible loggers.'
In farewelling the workers, Mr Anderson emphasised that the seasonal workers are ambassadors for Solomon Islands.

More Seasonal Workers Farewelled

Australian High Commissioner for Solomon Islands, Matt Anderson farewelled six more workers from Solomon Islands yesterday as they flew to Australia as part of the Seasonal Worker Program.

Seasonal Workers Departed for Australia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday farewelled its first batch of Solomon Islands seasonal workers to Australia under the Pacific Seasonal Workers pilot scheme facilitated by the Ministry's External Trade department.

Police to Begin Zero Tolerance Campaign

A zero tolerance operation is being organised in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara by the police for the Christmas and New Years festive period.

Public Service to Become Strict

The Solomon Islands Minister for Public Service has cautioned that the public service will become strict on all applicants qualifications and attitude towards work.
Four schools were visited in Central Islands Province by a joint review team from the Ministry of Education, World Vision and AusAID.

Central Province Primary Undergoes Evaluation

Reading and literacy skills were tested at schools in Central Province, Solomon Islands recently to feed into data about the impact of early childhood education to help shape the future design of a regional early childhood education (ECE) program.

Police Called to Calm Angry Crowd

Solomon Islands Police officers from the Police Response Team quickly dispersed a band of angry people, following claims of unpaid income around 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon at Point Cruz.
Due to Cyclone Evan, flights have been cancelled, at which time Solomon Airlines have stepped up to assist.

Solomon Airlines Assist Stranded Passengers

Solomon Islands national carrier, Solomon Airlines, is organizing a special flight to Fiji via Vanuatu to assist stranded passengers following Cyclone Evan.

Plans Ahead for Establishment of Alcohol Anonymous

An International alcoholics organization plans to establish an office next year in the country to assist people with drinking problems.

Call to Revisit Country Policies

Solomon Islands Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Douglas Ete is urging the Ministries of Finance and Forestry to seriously look at policies that will sustain the country's economy.
Kabutaulaka states that the decline in income from the logging industry is an opportune time to relook at our economy.

Logging Revenue Expected to Decline

The logging industry in the Solomon Islands has been the country's biggest money earner for the past 30 years.
The Hospitality graduates with their certificates.

More Graduate from APTC

Eighty-four Solomon Islands students graduated from the Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC) on Friday at a special ceremony in Honiara.
The arrival of Solomon Airline's own Dash 8 marked a significant event in the Airline's history.

Big Plans Ahead for Solomon Airlines

Only three events this year have managed to bridge Solomon Islands divisive politics, bringing together the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

AusAID Announces Scholarship Awardees

Thirty five new Solomon Islands students will study at Australian universities next year under the Australia Awards, making it the largest ever intake of Solomon Islanders awarded Australian scholarships.

Guadalcanal Premier Voices Concerns

The Premier of Solomons Islands' Guadalcanal Province says he is still concerned about possible militant activity, despite positive comments from the head of the Regional Assistance Mission to his country.
Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Maelanga encourages everyone to recognise the importance of sharing a common vision.

Transition on Track

Senior officials of the Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI recently met to jointly review the progress being made towards RAMSI's transition.
The police chief added that the recognition of corrupt activities is an important first step.

More Needed in Fight Against Corruption: Lansley

The Police Commissioner, John Lansley, says more needs to be done in the fight against corruption.

New Network for Government

Solomons Islands is set to revamp its governments internet and communication facilites, with a $3.2m project run by Australian company CBO communications.
A 'Take Back the Night Candle Light Vigil' has been organized to mark the final day of the Activism.

'Take Back the Night Candle Light Vigil' Organized

"From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World", the Solomon Islands, through its key stakeholders will join the rest of the world to celebrate the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence on Monday the 10th.

Government Holds Gender Violence Awareness

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services in coordination with the Ministry of Women Youth Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA), will be holding an awareness on Gender Violence at the Honiara Central Market this morning.

Lusibaea Gives Fund to Students

The Solomon Islands Member of Parliament for North Malaita, has given more than SBD$50,000 to its University students from its constituency for various activities throughout the Christmas and New Year period.
"Assistance with ongong development challenges was best provided by international donors, rather than RAMSI which was essentially a peacekeeping mission."

RAMSI Transition Timely

The Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), Nicholas Coppel says the time is right for RAMSI's transition in the country.
The mural will help to promote clean hands and hygiene in the hospital.

Australian Volunteers Promotes Hygiene

Australian Volunteers will leave a permanent legacy of their contribution to Solomon Islands by painting a 'hand hygiene' mural on the wall outside the children's ward at the National Referral Hospital.
The Australian army with RAMSI in the early years, when the focus was peacekeeping.

Peacekeeping Lessons Learnt Shared

The Australian Government has recently shared its experiences and lessons on its peacekeeping missions in the East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
He says perhaps the lack of understanding is partly due to the role played by the Court in years past when delivering sentences that are often seen as comparatively lenient.

Sexual Assaults Appalling: Justice Pallaras

A High Court Judge says the increasing number of sexual assaults in the Solomon Islands is appalling, and he suggests that its criminality and severity of penalty available upon conviction is undervalued in the community.