Economy Archive May 2012

Survivors of the Solfish 001 during the rescue.

Prime Minister Thanks Rescue Team

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo has highly commended those involved in the operation that successfully saved 49 lives from the capsized vessel, MV Solfish 001 last week.
RIPEL chairman Patrick Wong in a recent media interview.

Investigate Wong's Affairs: SINUW

The Solomon Islands National Union of Workers (SINUW) has issued a press statement calling on the government to investigate the business dealings of RIPEL chairman Patrick Wong.

Owners Must Ensure Vessels are Sea Worthy: Yates

The Director of the National Disaster Management Office has called on relevant authorities to make sure ships are sea worthy before they can operate in the country.
Prime Minister Lilo had been in constant contact with the Acting Prime Minister Hon. Walter Folotalu, the Secretary to Cabinet and Commissioner of Police on rescue efforts on the missing boat.

PM Lilo Relived to Learn Passengers and Crew Safe

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo was disturbed to learn of the missing MV Solfish 001 but was relieved after he was informed that all 49 crew and passengers had survived the ordeal.
Recovery efforts were complete early in the morning of Sunday 27 May, 2012.

RAAF Orion Plays Crucial Role in Rescue

A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion gave a wave of hope for 49 Solomon Islanders stranded in life rafts with no sight of land last Saturday afternoon.

Survivors of Sunken Ship Get Treatment

Survivors of the sunken vessel Solfish 001 have been transferred to Honiara for further treatment late yesterday afternoon.

Use 999 Only for Emergency: Police Commissioner

The Police Commissioner has advised the public not to use the Police Emergency number 999 to make hoax calls as this will only delay their work, especially when attending to genuine emergency calls.
Gary Barlow seen here at the Honiara central market.

What Cannibals?

Solomon Islanders are angered at statements made by Gary Barlow, former Take That singer, in a recent media interview about his visit to the Solomon Islands.
It also found that as dolphin populations in the region do not intermingle, individual populations should be managed separately.

Dolphin Exports Unsustainable

An independent assessment of Solomon Islands dolphin exports has warned the current quota is unsustainable.

RAMSI Needs to Be Clear on Transition Costs: Forau

Solomon Islands Government has expressed satisfaction with RAMSI's current transition process but wants the regional intervention mission to share information on the costs of its development programs.
Mr Lilo says that it is important to find out more about the population of whales in the oceans and for this he supports Japan's programme of scientific research.

PM Supports Scientific Research on Whaling

Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, says his government does not support commercial whaling by any country but will support Japan's scientific whaling programme.

IMF Impressed with Positive Growth

The International Monetary Fund says it is impressed with current economic developments in the Solomon Islands.
Mr. Anderson says the increase reinforces Australia's long term commitment to the development of Solomon Islands and to overcoming poverty in the country.

Australia Increases Aid Assistance

The Australian Government says it will provide an estimated 1.8 billion Solomon Islands dollars in official development assistance to Solomon Islands in 2012-13.

Small Tourism Operators Get Web Presence

A workshop is being held in the Solomon Islands to help medium and smaller sized accomodation operators get up to speed with their online presence.
Mr. Hou says governments in the past did not have a Debt Strategy, making debt management ineffective.

Debt Management Strategy Endorsed

Finance and Treasury Minister Rick Hou says Cabinet has endorsed the first Debt Management Strategy for the country.

PM Lodges Complaint to Police

The Office of Prime Minister confirms that Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has formally lodged a complaint with the police against Dr. Derek Sikua, alleging criminal defamation.
A young child with Rubella.

Six Confirmed Cases of Rubella

Health authorities have today announced six confirmed cases of rubella all aged between 6 and 15 years old.
This Project will include a major upgrade to bring Munda airport up to international capacity.

Work to Begin on New International Airport

Downer New Zealand, a New Zealand construction company, has won a contract of USD$20 million to improve transport links in Solomon Islands Western Province.

Solomons Strengthens Ties with World Bank

The World Bank and the Government of Solomon Islands signed a US$2 million grant agreement to boost the economy and support effective service delivery for the country.
Mr Zhang's record showed that he was fined over various months in 2010.

Government Refutes Claims by Opposition

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo said that the Opposition was wrong to correlate the actions of the government to the involvement of an Asian businessman in the beche-de-mer saga.

Cocoa Farmers Receive Training

A three day business training for cocoa farmers in Solomon Islands is enabling farmers to manage their finances properly.

Transparency Welcomes its New Board

Transparency Solomon Islands has now officially announced its new Board members for 2012-2013.

Police Force Now Have Police Commissioner

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force now have a Police Commissioner who was officially sworn in this week.

Mother and Baby Friendly Hospital in Honiara

Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) yesterday declared the National Referral Hospital in Honiara, a "Mother-and-Baby Friendly".
The shipments under investigation, four of which ended up at the Port of Tampa, were said to be accompanied by shoddy paperwork that misidentified certain species.

Coral Trade Under Investigation

There are current investigations surrounding the massive shipments of coral sent from the Solomon Islands to South Florida bound for the curio trade.
Dr Sikua claims that Tong Zhi and his associate Patrick Zhang are using the registered owner of the HJJ Company "as a rubber stamp for their marine export business dealings in the country."

I Want Zhang Out of Business: Sikua

Opposition Leader Dr Derek Sikua has called on Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo to ensure that Zhang Tong Zhi - the Asian caught trying to smuggle bechedemer out of the country - stops his business activities.

Inquiry Established into Teacher Absenteeism

An inquiry into teacher absenteeism in primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions will start soon.