Economy Archive July 2012

Mentoring Program Attracts Hundreds

Up to five hundred young Solomon Islanders will take part in a unique mentoring and training program to receive basic skills to help boost job prospects.
Minister Doromuala has come under heavy criticism with local exporters describing the actions as "a slap in the cocoa industry face, particularly local exporters."

Foreign Company Will Boost Export: Doromuala

Commerce Minister Elijah Doromuala has defended his decision to grant a foreign company a license to export cocoa along with major exemptions.

Local Exporter Unhappy with Minister

Minister for Commerce, Elijah Doromuala, has caused an outcry from local cocoa exporters after he signed an extraordinary gazette to allow a foreign company to trade and export cocoa with major exemptions.
Larisha Barikoa recovering after life saving surgery.

Rotary Saves Young Larisha

Larisha Barikoa faced almost certain death in a Solomon Islands hospital after a ladder fell on her head, causing a nail to penetrate her brain.
The recruiting agents can begin recruiting locals to work as seasonal labourers for farms in Australia.

Recruiting Agents Receive Certificates

Solomon Islands recruiting agents for the Australian Seasonal Workers Program have now received official certification from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade.

Preacher Wanted for Sexual Assault

Police are investigating reports that a preacher of foreign nationality has been sexually assaulting young girls in Honiara under pretexts of spiritual healing.

Seven Nations Face Sanctions over Endangered Species

Solomon Islands is one of the seven nations that may lose their ability to legally trade tens of thousands of wildlife species after U.N. conservation delegates agreed Thursday to penalize them for lacking tough regulations or failing to report on their wildlife trade.
"It's not a question of the number of kids at school, although that is important, we need to know what is happening in the classroom and why learning is being stifled," said Linda, Chief Education Off

Classrom Learning Under Microscope

When the school bell rings, 12 year old Bradford Feka'afu heads off to class at Florence Young Christian School in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
High Commissioner Oti and Commissioner Naivalurua discussed the potential for cooperation between the two countries' Police Forces.

Further Strengthening of Ties

This week, Solomon Islands High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji Islands, has met the country's Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General, Ioane Naivalurua.
A St James's Palace spokesman said further details about the tour would be released later in the summer.

Preparations Underway for Will and Kate's Visit

Preparations are underway for the visit of Prince William and Kate, organizers say.
So far no damages have been reported, although an assesment of outlying villages on Guadalcanal will be made.

6.5 Quake Hits Solomon Islands

A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit the Solomon Islands around 9.40 pm local time, the US Geological Survey said.
Allied Gold says the information the forum has been demanding is released every quarter, "as Allied Gold is a public company and therefore required to report its production on a quarterly basis."

Row Continues Over Gold Revenue Data

The Malaita Ma'asina Forum is calling on the Gold Ridge Mining Limited and government authorities to reveal to the public information on gold exports to Australia.
Healthy Coffee is focused on bringing health to the world's largest and most popular drink, coffee.

Healthy Coffee Opens in Solomon Islands

Healthy Coffee International, Inc. announced that it opened in the Solomon Islands and participated in the National Trade Show of the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in Honiara, where delegations from 27 Pacific Island countries and territories come together on July 1-14, 2012.

Availability of TRC Report Questioned

A former Solomon Islands Police Commissioner, Frank Short has questioned when the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will be made public.
The Solomon Island panpipers were always the crowd favorite since 2009.

Local Panpipers Assist Suva Church

Local Solomon Islanders in Suva, Fiji, were instrumental to the Suva Anglican Cathedral by helping to raise $20,700 from its annual bazaar over the weekend.

Centre Curbs Urban Growth

The Deputy Prinicpal of St Martin's Rural Training Centre in Solomon Islands says it has been instrumental over the past forty years in helping to curb urban drift.
"Data indicate the activity supports up to 20,000 families across the country," a statement from the ministry reads.

Government Plans to Double Cocoa Production

With surging global demand and a rise in rural earnings the government is seriously pushing to double the current levels of cocoa output by 2014.
Bruce Saunders has been living and working in the Solomon Islands' capital Honiara for around 45 years.

Saunders to Receive Knighthood

Port Pirie born Bruce Saunders has not become an iron-clad medieval warrior, instead it is his battle for social improvement in the Solomon Islands that has seen him recently named a knight.

Makira Looking into Culture Preservation

The Government of Makira Ulawa Province, Solomon Islands is now in the process of deliberating a law on the preservation of culture.

Sumsum Re-appointed as Chief

Vanuatu national, Ron Sumsum has been re-appointed as the head of the Solomon Islands national carrier, Solomon Airlines, following an exhaustive selection process by the Airline's Board.

Isabel to Commission New Vessel

The Isabel Development Company (IDC) will be commissioning their fourth cargo vessel this Friday at Buala, Isabel Province, Solomon Islands.

Tourism Businesses Gain Access to Online Assistance

Through a special program sponsored by the South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) and Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I), Pacific Island hoteliers across Fiji, the Cook Islands, Tonga, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati are now benefiting from a special suite of Hotel Link Solutions products and services.
The free exhibition features a wide range of images from across Solomon Islands.

RAMSI to be Showcased in Canberra

A photographic exhibition showcasing the history and achievements of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) will be open at the Australian National Parliament House in Canberra this week, 20 July.
Viliami Liai of Wailoku is a second generation Solomon Islander living in Fiji.

Desire to Trace Roots

Seventy Five year-old Viliame Liai wants to turn back the time and trace his ancestors in the Solomon Islands.

MASI Congratulates Media Coverage

The Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) yesterday has congratulated members of the local media for their persistent coverage of the recent festival of Pacific Arts in the country.

Sailors Rescued at Sea

On Saturday 14 July 2012, RAMSI Participating Police Force personnel in coordination with the Solomon Islands Marine Rescue Coordination Centre successfully rescued two Dutch sailors stranded at sea near Rennell Island.
Between 2000 and 2010, more than 54,000 birds, mainly parrots and cockatoos, were imported from the Solomon Islands and declared as captive bred.

Solomons at Centre of Captive Breeding

Tens of thousands of wild birds exported from the Solomon Islands have been laundered into the global wildlife trade by declaring them as captive-bred, a new TRAFFIC study has found.

Nationwide Company Welcomes Ban

The Nationwide Company which holds 20% shares in RIPEL on behalf of former RIPEL workers have welcomed the Solomon Islands Government decision to ban Patrick Wong from entering the Solomon Islands.

Bainimarama Visits Solomon Descendents

Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama last week visited Wailoku settlement outside Suva and paid tribute to those Fijians with Solomon Islands ancestry.

University Officially Operated in 2013

Solomon Islands is planning to set up a national university for local students and those from the surrounding region.

Gender Symposium Concludes

A meeting on gender responsive market governance and reform has successfully concluded in Honiara, Solomon Islands this week.
Local engineer, Lemuel Siosi explains the road works to Mr. Marles.

Bridges and Roads Receives Facelift

Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles says improving road infrastructure and maintaining roads and bridges is a critical part of Australia's development partnership with the Solomon Islands Government.
The medical students in front of their new accommodation.

Accomodation Opens for Medical Students

New accommodation for medical students studying through the Fiji School of Medicine was opened at the National Referral Hospital by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Charles Sigoto earlier this week.
Makira Province is one of the bigger Provinces of the Solomon Islands.

Axiom Expands to Makira

Axiom Mining Limited has expanded its operations from Isabel into San Cristobal, Makira and Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands.

Australia's Commitment Reaffirmed

Australia's enduring commitment to Solomon Islands has been reaffirmed during meetings in Honiara between Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Islands Affairs, Richard Marles and Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo and Deputy Prime Minister, Manasseh Maelanga.

New Coins to be Introduced

This week, Solomon Islanders will be introduced to the much talked about coins.