Economy Archive October 2013

New research documents issues citizens face in accessing state and local justice systems to help provide an insight into problems experienced in contemporary rural Solomon Islands and how they are currently being addressed.

Pursuing Justice in Rural Solomon Islands

Imagine you have been living peacefully in a village for generations, growing food for your family in your garden, catching fish and accessing fresh water from a nearby spring.
The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (a protocol to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer) is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion.

Solomon Islands Hails Success of Montreal Protocol during Anniversary

Solomon Islands last week joined other members of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Treaty to celebrate the Treaty’s 25th Anniversary in Thailand.
He also encouraged the reigning Ms Tema Wickham who was crowned Miss Solomon Islands last Saturday to work hard to ensure the Miss South Pacific Pageant crown does not leave our shores in December.

Government Pledges Support for Miss South Pacific Pageant

The National Government has pledged more support towards hosting the Miss South Pacific Pageant competition in Honiara in December.
Both companies argue they each have the right to start mining rich veins of nickel bearing ore in Isabel.

Mining Rights for Isabel Nickel Goes to Court

A major court case in Solomon Islands is seeking to resolve a long-running dispute between Australian and Japanese companies over nickel rights on Santa Isabel Island.
Chief Magistrate Maina says they have been unsuccessful in the efforts to recruit new Magistrates because of the poor salary and working conditions.

Magistrates Court Faces Shortage of Judges

The Magistrates' Court is facing an acute shortage of judges, raising serious concerns particularly with the growing backlog of cases.
The Director states that while such patterns could change, current modelling from expert groups abroad suggests that it could be much earlier than normal, and could be more severe.

Experts Warn Cyclone Season May Start Early

The cyclone season for this year may come earlier than expected, experts have warned.

RAMSI Enhances RSIPF’s Maritime Capability

RAMSI Acting Special Coordinator Justine Braithwaite, Acting Participating Policing Force (PPF) Commander Noel Scobell, and Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Deputy Commissioner Walter Kola, today announced that 32 new police vessels have been gifted by the PPF to the RSIPF.

SIG and World Bank Sign Financing Agreement for US$2 Million

Today, the Solomon Islands Minister for Finance and Treasury, Rick Hou'enipwela signed a grant financing agreement with the World Bank for a US$2 million Development Policy Operation. The grant provides general budget support that is linked to important policy actions that government has undertaken.
Academic Highlights Difficulties in Reviving the Rice Industry

Academic Highlights Difficulties in Reviving the Rice Industry

An academic from the Australian National University says the economic and climatic conditions in Solomon Islands will hamper any relaunch of the rice industry.
John Fatnouna Kwailiu (seated, right) and family.

Queensland Families Return to Their Roots

Members of a Queensland family of Solomon Islands descent are returning to the home of their ancestors for a historic family reunion.