Economy Archive June 2012

Like any other Pacific countries, Solomon Islands remain very vulnerable to climate change.

Community Participation Vital for Climate Change

There is a need for greater emphasis on community participation in helping countries adapt to climate change, says Solomon Islands Minister for Environment, Hon. John Moffat Fugui.
USP and GIT scientists on a bio-prospecting expedition on Tetepare Island in Solomon Islands. (L-R): Mr Klaus Feussner, Ms Claire Dell, Professor Mark Hay and Dr Katy Soapi.

A Hunt for Medication in the Ocean

The oceans may hold the answer to some of the world's most devastating diseases, in the form of new drugs that come from marine organisms.
Mr. George Rauna, who has already left for Melbourne for three years.

Local Sets Sight on New Challenges

For many Solomon Islanders, leaving their homeland and moving to Melbourne, a big, bustling city with a population of nearly 4 million people, would be enough to make even the most adventurous traveller a little anxious.

Research on Customary Land Launched

The Office of the Solomon Islands Prime Minister and Cabinet has launched the Government's national research programme into the country's customary land tenure laws this week.

Women Encouraged to Champion Conservation

Solomon Islands' recipient of the prestigious Equator Award is encouraging women to champion conservation in the Solomon Islands.
Prime Minister Lilo and the Solomon Islands Ambassador Beck, recently in Rio.

Solomons Commend Decision on 2014 Meeting

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has commended the decision by countries meeting in Rio de Janeiro to give the Pacific hosting rights for a key meeting on sustainable development in 2014.

Search on for Missing Child

The Royal Solomon Islands Police in Honiara are appealing to the public for information on the five year old girl who went missing on Sunday morning.

Opportunity Opens New Chapter for Ex-DPP

South Australia's former director of public prosecutions will be moving to the Solomon Islands.

Police Receive Explosive Training Unit

The Australian Defence Cooperation Program (DCP) has completed its final financial commitment to the Australian/ Solomon Islands bilateral support to the RSIPF Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Program at Hell's Point.

Mamasa Settlers Demand Compo from Gold Ridge

People of Mamasa village in Central Guadalcanal are again demanding Gold ridge Company to address compensation claims over allegations that chemicals from the mining company have contaminated the river they depend on for their livelihood.
A range of heritage and contemporary art forms are represented including theatre, weaving, music, literature, visual arts, carving and performing arts including kapa haka and contemporary dance.

Maori Artists Arriving Next Week

The 11th Pacific Arts Festival hosted here in the Solomon Islands will soon welcome its first contingent with the arrival of a 120 strong artist and delegation from New Zealand.
"Prince William and Kate were simply very excited and Prince William was already anticipating some custom dancing."

Royal Family Looking Forward to Visit

Governor General Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui has confirmed that the royal family is preparing for the royal visit to the Solomon Islands in September this year.
Mr. Lilo said land resource is no longer seen by many as a source of happiness, progress and prosperity, "it is now the source of pains, sufferings, loneliness and frustrations."

PM Launches Land Conference in Munda

A two-day Customary Land Tenure Reform Conference is underway in Munda, western Province this week.
"EU is an important donor to the Solomon Islands, particularly as a least developed country, where budget support is very important," said Mr. Hou.

Europes Financial Ills Could Affect Pacific

Finance minister, Rick Hou, says Europe's financial troubles could mean less development assistance for the Pacific.
Australian High Commissioner Matt Anderson and New Zealand High Commissioner Mark Ramsden made the announcement today at the Festival Village.

Australia and New Zealand Assist with Festival Preparations

New Zealand and Australia will contribute over $100,000 to assist with preparations for the Festival of Pacific Arts.
SIBSA members with their cake celebrating their membership with Brisbane City Council over the weekend.

SI Brisbane Student Association Create History

The Solomon Islands Brisbane Students Association (SIBSA) has made history by becoming the first Solomon Islands group to be formally incorporated and registered as a member of the Brisbane City Council (BCC).
The ban follows a 2008 report that found Solomon Islands has one of the world's highest rates of smoking among young people.

Authorities Crack Down on Smoking

A major anti-smoking campaign is set to be launched across the Solomon Islands following new smoking laws introduced last week.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to share the best of our culture with our Pacific brothers and sisters, as well as build connections beyond our borders."

Record Delegation of Indigenous Artists for FOPA

The Australia Council for the Arts is proud to announce that 50 of Australia's best Indigenous artists will attend the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA) to be held in the Solomon Islands' capital, Honiara on July 1 - 14.
Australian Deputy High Commissioner Dr Dave Peebles and Vonunu Provincial Secondary School Principal, Ialine Wateka.

Australia Saves School from Closing

Australian Deputy High Commissioner Dr Dave Peebles handed over 10 water tanks to Vonunu Provincial Secondary School Principal Ialine Wateka at Gizo Wharf in Western Province on 29 May.

Hospital to Receive Medical Volunteers

The Solomon Islands National Referral Hospital in Honiara will be busier than normal later this week when Australian volunteer plastic and reconstructive medical experts begin their two-week visit.

Tahiti and New Caledonia Secures Spot

Tahiti and New Caledonia continued their supremacy in Group A of the OFC Nations Cup yesterday in Solomon Islands with a pair of wins that served to secure their place in the semi-finals.
The exhibition will showcase how the Pacific region can work together to help each other in time of need

Solomons in UN Exhibition

The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) Partnership will be a focal point of an exhibition on peace keeping and peace building being held at the United Nations in New York this month.
The Comptroller of Customs and Excise says his Division will continue to push to have his staff present during the weighing in of gold for export.

Closer Scrutiny for Gold Exports

The Comptroller of Customs and Excise, Nathan Kama, says his Division will still push to have their staff present during the weighing of gold for export from Gold Ridge Mines in Central Guadalcanal.
Jeremiah Manele and Matt Anderson after signing the subsidary agreement.

Solomon Islands to Host APTC

Solomon Islands will soon host a campus of the Australia Pacific Technical College, boosting opportunities for training and skills development for Solomon Islanders.
The Maepua high level bridge built under this project.

Makira Road Improvement Project Completed

The Makira phase of the Solomon Islands Road Improvement Project, which reconnected local communities to clinics, markets, schools, and the provincial capital Kirakira has officially been completed.

Ministry of Finance Refutes Claims

Solomon Islands Permanent Secretary for Finance and Treasury, Mr Shadrach Fanega, today refutes the Malaita Ma'asina Forum's allegations that the Customs and Excise Division has failed to monitor gold exports by the Gold Ridge Mining Limited.