Economy Archive March 2012

Temotu Experience Food Shortage

Provincial leaders in Temotu are calling for a speedy response from the government, particularly the national disaster management office (NDMO), on its current food crises.
A United Nations report has issued a blunt warning that the world will face "more deadly extreme weather events unless it tackles global warming."

NDMO Warns of Tropical Disturbance

The National Disaster Management Office, NDMO, has issued a tropical disturbance safety message for all parts of the country.
The Opposition Leader says that if it is true than the actions of the Prime Minister is "uncalled for, as it is obvious he is serving the interest of his cronies."

Sikua Accuses PM of Interference

Opposition Leader Dr Derek Sikua says he is deeply concerned that there are allegations emerging that Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo is interfering in the affairs of a State owned entity.
Many in Russell Islands are concerned that action might only come after a tragedy, which they say is sad and unfortunate.

Remnants of World War II a Threat

Villagers of Russell Islands in Central Province are concerned that large stockpiles of buried ammunitions from World War II pose a "serious threat to them and future generations."
The World Bank says a change of law in Solomon Islands is needed to combat violence against women.

Solomon Islands Rate Poorly in Violence against Women Report

The World Bank has rated Solomon Islands as the worst country in the world for sexual violence against women.
Traditional huts being built for the Arts Festival.

Arts Festival Council to Monitor Progress

With the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts due to take place in July, Solomon Islands are preparing performance and display sites in and around the capital, Honiara.

Two Years for Bank Thief

A security officer has been sentenced to a two year jail term after pleading guilty to stealing more than a million dollar of soiled notes from the Central Bank of Solomon Islands, CBSI.
He said while police could support and assist in the investigations there must be a request or a report forwarded to the police by the Ministry of Fisheries before they can act.

If Requested we will Investigate: Kola

Acting Police Commissioner, Walter Kola, said police can only conduct an investigation into the beche-de-mer network if they are requested to do so by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.

RAMSI Sends Condolence Message to Tonga

RAMSI Special Coordinator Nicholas Coppel today offered his condolences to the people and Government of the Kingdom of Tonga at the death of his Royal Highness King George Tupou V.
Many in the Gizo township have not fully recovered from the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2007.

Claims of Doomsday Earthquake a Hoax

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has dismissed rumors circulated by an unknown group that claim a massive earthquake of "biblical proportion" will hit Western and Choiseul Province later this week.
The new Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Mr John Wasi.

New PS Impressed with Festival Preparations

The new Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Mr John Wasi is impressed by the ongoing preparations toward the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts.
Minister for Education and Human Resources Development, Dick Ha'amori.

Government Allocates Land for USP

Minister for Education and Human Resources Development, Dick Ha'amori, after much public pressure, has announced the allocation of an alternative plot for the USP Solomon Islands campus.

Limited Avenues for Justice for Women: UN Rapporteur

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women has stated that there are limited avenues for justice available to women victims of violence.
"The only solution is for the police to confiscate the illegal stockpile of beche-de-mer and sell them off for the state," said Dr Sikua.

Investigate Behce-de-mer Network: Sikua

Opposition Leader Dr Derek Sikua is calling on the police to investigate what he describes as "serious allegations leveled against the government and certain elements in the police."

NFD Signs Fishing Agreement with Government

The National Fisheries Development (NFD) General Manager Adrian Wickham has signed a long liner licensing agreement with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.

Ministry of Fisheries Explore Aqua-farming

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources is looking at the possibility of helping Solomon Islanders go into aquaculture or fish farming.
A remote fishing village in southern Madagascar which has sold its first batch of locally farmed sea cucumbers to Taiwan.

Beche-de-mer Farming on Trial

The government has built a hatchery building for breeding of beche-de-mer with financial assistance from the Japanese Government.

Kemakeza Awaits Fate

The defence team for Mark Kemakeza MP has completed its submission this morning, appealing to the court for leniency given that Mr Kemakeza had repaid the money.

Beche-de-mer Ban Still in Force: PS

The ban on the harvest, storage and export of bechedemer is still in force.

Career Public Servant Awarded

A career public servant renowned for her fearless commitment to transparency and accountability in government has been honored with the RAMSI Special Coordinator's Award for Women, 2012.
USP Solomon Islands campus Open Day in 2011.

Uproar over Decision against USP Campus

The Minister of Education, Dick Ha'amori, has been accused of being insensitive to the needs of tertiary students after stating that "building a permanent USP campus in Honiara is not in the national interest."
Will and Kate Confirmed for September

Will and Kate Confirmed for September

Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Solomon Islands in September.
Mr Pacha was first elected to the National Parliament in 2006, representing South Guadalcanal Constituency. He again won in the 2010 elections with a comfortable margin.

Another MP Goes to Court

Trial into the case of South Guadalcanal MP David Dei Pacha will formally begin today at the Magistrate's Court.

Seeking Out a National Dress

The Ministry Of Home Affairs in cooperation with Kaleko Barava Fashion Weekend are calling on locals to share ideas on a Solomon Islands National Dress.
Arts Festival Face Accommodation Shortfalls

Arts Festival Face Accommodation Shortfalls

The Director of this year's Festival of Pacific Arts says accommodating all of the participants in Solomon Islands may be a problem.

NZ Workers to Get Free Tuition

The New Zealand High Commission says Solomon Islands workers who go to New Zealand under the Recognized Seasonal Employer RSE scheme will be eligible to apply for 20 hours of free tuition in English, maths, finance, computer literacy and health.

The suspect was taken to Honiara and has been remanded in custody while Police continue their investigation.

Bank Thief Arrested

Police have arrested a 30 year old man in relation to the theft of more than one million dollars of old bank notes from the Central Bank of Solomon Islands last year.