Economy Archive September 2012

Lilo Talks on Climate Change

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has used his address to the UN General Assembly to call on developed nations to do more to tackle climate change.

Solomon Airlines Joins International Council

The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced that the Solomon Islands national carrier, Solomon Airlines Limited, is now an associate member.
Hon. Lilo said women play a very important role as peace makers and leaders in Solomon Islands society

Lilo Acknowledges Involvement in Board

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo has thanked the United Nations member states for their confidence in electing Solomon Islands to the Executive Board of UN Women.

Cable System to Improve Internet Service

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved more than US$17 million dollars for the US$60 million Broadband for Development Project, which will build a submarine cable system.

Four More Years for RAMSI

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) is likely to still be in Solomon Islands for at least another four years.

Lilo Holds Successful Meetings

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo yesterday attended the opening of the 67th United Nation General Assembly in New York, together with other member States.
Pat McEvoy,69, will journey to the Malaita Province to put into place the John McEvoy Scholarship for Girls, which she has set up with her four daughters.

Grandmother Provides More Opportunities

A United Kingdom grandmother will be travelling thousands of miles to give away scholarships to Solomon Islands youngsters in memory of her late husband who use to work in Malaita.

Six Point Plan for Women in Politics

It will take 50 years for gender balance to be achieved in Asia-Pacific national legislatures if the increase in women's participation in parliaments remains at the current pace, says a UN Development Programme (UNDP) study released this week.

World Bank and Government Signs Project

The Solomon Island Government and the World Bank have together signed a new USD$3m project in Honiara this week.
The Government will find ways to attract the youth population to be interested and more involved in agriculture for the purpose of their own business and food security.

Agriculture to Focus on Youth Involvement

The Solomon Islands Government is now looking at ways to try and engage young people in the much familiar area of agriculture.
"The reason the Duchess wore the dress was because she believed it to be from the Solomon Islands Government and thought it would be an appropriate gesture."

Royal Attire Mix-up Clarified

Amidst much controvery over the Island Wear of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Island Feast hosted by the Solomon Islands Governor General, the Government House has now released a statement explaining the issue.
If nothing is done now on replanting the old plantations, there will be huge gaps in the future.

Coconut Becomes Main Focus

Known as the "Tree of Life", the Coconut will once more come to the forefront of food security as the Government moves to revamp the once thriving Solomon Islands industry.

World Bank Increases Assistance

The World Bank and Solomon Islands will today sign a Grant Agreement worth more than 2.7 million US dollars to support Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation in the country.

Commonwealth Workshop Comes to End

Young leaders said they need to be included in efforts for good governance and leadership in the Pacific, as the Commonwealth Pacific Youth Leadership and Integrity Conference closed at the Commonwealth Youth Programme Regional Centre in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
For two days the streets were jam-packed with people and cars, wherever Prince William and Kate walked people would run alongside with a breathless excitement.

What Now After Royal Visit?

It's a little bit like a whirlwind has swept through Honiara, Solomon Islands leaving just a puff of dust behind.

USP Fourth Campus Site Earmarked

The Solomon Islands Minister for Lands has announced that a site has been earmarked for the University of the South Pacific's fourth campus.

2012 Budget Under Pressure

The Solomon Islands Finance Minister says the 2012 Budget is under pressure from a lower growth in taxation revenue than was estimated in the original budget.
The Violence Helpline is a 24hour service established to provide support to any victims of violence.

Violence Helpline Established

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services Social Welfare Division has opened a help-line service for victims of violence in Honiara.

NZ and Solomons Begin Meetings

New Zealand and Solomon Islands officials will begin meetings today to look at how New Zealand's Aid Program will be run over the next three years and evaluate progress made over the past year.

Using Dialogue to Build Relationships

On the eve of the United Nations International Day of Peace, peacebuilders from Fiji, Papua New Guinea (including Bougainville), Solomon Islands and Tonga gathered for the Strengthening Capacities for Peace and Development (CPAD) third workshop on "Sharing and Exploring Pacific Approaches to Dialogue".
The Duke of Cambridge's first kick tucked the ball into the bottom right corner, sending the crowd at the Commonwealth Youth Conference in Honiara into spasms of delight.

Youngster Beats Wills

A youngster from the Solomon Islands has taken on the future king of England in a show of football prowess - and won.
"I told them about our community savings project. They asked lots of questions," said Ellison.

Royal Couple Learns Hardship

World Vision hosted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who learnt about the organization's work in Burns Creek, a troubled community on the outskirts of Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands.
The royal couple donning the TAV dress and shirt for their official visit to the Governor General's home and State Dinner in the capital, Honiara.

Cook Island Outfits Make History

Cook Islands local designer Ellena Tavioni and her label TAV, made fashion history for the Pacific, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wore her beautiful handcrafted designs to the Island feast by the Solomon Islands Governor General.
Kate received the decorative headpiece after meeting women's groups working to improve the status of women in the Solomon Islands.

A True Island Princess

The Duchess of Cambridge was every bit an island princess yesterday in Honiara, Solomon Islands when she was crowned with a headdress of fresh flowers made of frangipani and bougainvillea.

WHO Country Office Upgrades

The United Nations World Health Organisation office in Solomon Islands has been upgraded to a WHO Representative Office.
As they landed on the beach, where they were welcomed with garlands of orchids, the couple took off their shoes.

A Refreshing Night in Tavanipupu

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed on the tiny dirt airstrip in Marau on the southern tip of the main island of Guadalcanal, they were challenged by fearsome spear-carrying warriors, in white war paint and whooping aggressively.
The Royal Couple during the opening of the Commonwealth St yesterday.

More Relaxed in Solomon Islands

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their day yesterday by calling on the Solomon Islands' Prime Minister and his Cabinet where they were given a traditional shell money necklace by the politician.
As they drew up to St Barnabas Cathedral, the noise was deafening, particularly as they dismounted from their ride.

Royal Couple Steal Hearts

Garlanded with fragrant orchids and carried through the capital in a war canoe built on top of a van, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in the Solomon Islands yesterday.
'Catherine and I were overwhelmed with the warmth of the reception we received this afternoon.  Our expectations were pretty high after what the Queen had told us, but nothing had prepared us for the

"Mifala Barava Tagio Tumas"

The Duchess of Cambridge had a last-minute change of wardrobe when she ditched plans to wear to the banquet a dress she had brought from London and chose instead one that she had just been given by her Solomon Islands hosts.
At first glance of the Art by local Artist, Brad Pugeva, all Prince William  could manage was a "Wow!"

An Experience of a Lifetime

The Solomon Islands art industry hit a milestone last night with the handover of one of its exotic and unique art by local business woman, Ms. Ruby Lee, to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
Thousands of screaming fans, who had lined the road since early afternoon, came out in droves to get a glimpse of the Royal duo as they rode past in the back of the travelling vehicle.

Royal Duo Begins Tour of Solomons

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed in the tiny country of Solomon Islands to thousands of fans who came out to greet them at the Henderson International Airport.
These recent counterfeits are produced in the value of 50 dollars and 100 dollar bills.

Warning Issued on Counterfeit Notes

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands has advised the general public that new counterfeit notes or fake money are once again circulating within the economy.

Tributes to Father of Pacific Journalism

They brought late John Lamani's coffin on the back of a blue cab truck to the Anglican Cathedral in Honiara Solomon Islands.

Lilo Conveys Condolence to Lamani Family

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo has expressed condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Solomon Islands to the family of the Solomon Star Publisher, Fr. John Lamani.
The late Father Lamani founded the Solomon Star newspaper in the early 1980's and initially expanded the company's profile to establish Paoa FM radio station in the late 1990's.

Prominent Media Figure Passes

The Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) is mourning the sudden passing away of the pioneering Publisher and owner of the country's leading daily newspaper, the Solomon Star.

Warning Over Fake Recruitment Agents

Australia and Solomon Islands are on the look out for bogus recruitment agencies trying to cash in on the Seasonal Workers Scheme.
The Auluta Basin will host a major Oil Palm Project which had undergone discussion over a span of a few years.

Greener Lights for Auluta Oil Palm Project

The Solomon Islands Government will today hand over Registered Land Titles to 10 tribes within the Auluta Basin area in East Malaita.
The Palace has released new details of their itinerary - including confirmation of a private second honeymoon in Solomon Islands.

Prince William and Kate's Program Released

Prince William and Kate will embark on an eight day tour of Asia Pacific beginning next week. The trip is a continuation of the Diamond Jubilee World Tour celebrating the Queen's 60th year of reign.
Mr Hall warns that it could be 2015 before construction starts, with first power expected in 2017.

Solomon Islands Close to Getting Hydro-power

The final proposal for Solomon Islands' long-awaited Tina River hydro-power scheme is expected to be ready to go to the government in early 2013.

Solomons to Learn More from Fiji Consumer Laws

A Solomon Islands delegation from the Price Control Division were in Fiji last week for discussions on current and future cooperation with Fiji's Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Last Batch of Bechdemer Arrives in Honiara

The Solomon Islands Government, last Sunday collected the last batch of bech-de-mer from the tiny island of Ontong Java after the people voluntarily surrendered the bags last week to the Ministry of Fisheries.
"Our traditional crops do well during such dry spells, rice farmers will have to consider diversifying their crops as it will be a challenge to expect good rice harvest."

Bureau Warns of El Nino Conditions

Solomon Islands looks set to experience the same weather conditions in 2009 where much of the country did not experience much rain, resulting in poor crop harvests.

SPC Helps Unemployed Youths in Honiara

A programme facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, SPC, in Solomon Islands is helping 500 young people improve their chances of gaining employment.

Organizers are appealing to the public to show the same respectful behavior and attitude as they have throughout the recent Pacific Arts festival.

Program for Royal Visit Almost Finalized

Organizers of the upcoming royal visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife Catherine, say the program of the visit is close to being finalized.