Economy Archive May 2013

‘My first though was that I was having a heart attack,’ Walsh says. ‘It was just this intense pain like I’d never felt before. I couldn't breath, I couldn't move, I thought I was going to die.’

Head of EU Mission Shares Experience on World No Tobacco Day 2013

To recognize World No Tobacco Day, Head of the European Union mission in Solomon Islands, Eoghan Walsh tells his story of his battle to give up smoking.
Villagers Benefit from Regional Solar Project

Villagers Benefit from Regional Solar Project

With kerosene, diesel and coconut shells as sources of lighting for their homes, the residents of Kiu village on the island of Malaita in Solomon Islands were truly emotional when celebrating the completed installation of 180 solar home systems.
Minister Ghiro clarified that the ministry could not extend the harvest period because only Cabinet had the right to extend the time-frame for harvesting.

Beche-de-mer Ban to Be Re-imposed After May 31st

The Government will reinstate the ban on beche-de-mer at the end of this month while warning that anyone harvesting the marine resource after May 31st is regarded illegal.

PSC Promotes Gender Mainstreaming Awareness among Permanent Secretaries

The Solomon Islands Public Service Commission, in partnership with the Ministry for Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA), convened the first ever government-wide gender training for all permanent secretaries in the Solomon Islands government on Friday.

Trade Surplus Recorded for April

Provisional trade in goods balance for April 2013 registered a surplus of SBD$25 Million dollars from a revised deficit of SBD$108 million dollars in the previous month.
Temotu’s premier, Father Charles Brown Beu, says about 600 people have had to return to the coast because there is nowhere else for them to live.

Tsunami Victims Return to Coastal Settlement

Residents of Santa Cruz Island in Temotu province hit by earthquakes and a tsunami in February have been forced to return to their flattened coastal settlement.
Tomoyuki Yamashita was an Imperial Japanese Army general during World War II. He was most famous for conquering the British colonies of Malaya and Singapore.

Hunt on for Lost Wartime Gold

A hunt for millions of dollars in lost Japanese wartime gold worthy of a thriller movie plot is unfolding in the Solomon Islands.
The report says if GRML does not implement any of its recommendations then it should shut down its operations immediately.

Report Recommends a Shutdown of Gold Ridge Mining Operations

An independent environment audit into Solomon Islands Gold Ridge Tailings Dam recommends that the Gold Ridge Mining Limited (GRML) should shut down its operations, install the water treatment plant and discontinue any further extraction of water from Chovohio River.
The Nguvia Kindy students, teachers and few mothers were also present to witness the handing over of the items.

PNG Families Assist Two Kindergarten Schools in Guadalcanal

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) community working and residing at Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL) today (Thursday) donated some items to the Nguvia Kindergarten and Ngalimbiu Kindergarten schools in East Guadalcanal.
‘We sometimes eat once a day because we have no food, the rain floods the gardens and the crops are damaged. We cook what we can save,’ says Madada, 69, a retired nurse.

Improving Food Security Concerns in Solomon Islands

The situation in Choiseul province is one that is becoming increasingly familiar to communities throughout the Pacific. Increased weather variability linked to climate change, including more droughts and more floods, is impacting livelihoods.
Solomon Islander Joins Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament

Solomon Islander Joins Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament

A Solomon Islander has been named as one of the inaugural participant of the Pacific Young Leaders on Disarmament.
“Different communities, institutions and ministries should become involved, because it is the only way we can break the cycle of the disease,” said Dr. Tenneth Dalipanda, under secretary for health improvement.

Calls for Better Waste Management to Control Dengue Outbreak

City and health authorities in the Solomon Islands are calling for effective and consistent urban waste management as they battle to control a serious outbreak of dengue fever, the world’s fastest spreading vector-borne viral disease, which was identified in the country in February.
Dr Ramofafia said the ministry will ensure the country's tuna resources and other marine resources are sustainable for future generations.

Maintaining a Tuna Industry in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands tuna industry is growing and the Ministry of Fisheries is committed to ensure the country's tuna resources are sustainable, says the Ministry of Fisheries Permanent Secretary Dr Chris Ramofafia.
(Left to Right) Jonathon Ogle, division manager for Matson, Glenn Bennett, Managing Director of Silentworld, Craig Vegar, Sales manager for Matson, Meyric Slimming, CEO Silentworld, the Captain of the Imua, Captain Glorioso and Rusty Leonard, Matso’s head of Stevedoring.

New Ship Opens Opportunities

It’s like a shopping mall of the high seas, an Aladdin’s cave of treasures and most of all a wave of new opportunities for the Solomon Islands.
The Gizo upgrade follows infrastructure work on the Munda airfield and is the latest in the government’s upgrading of aviation infrastructure around the country.

Gizo Flights Suspended Due to Nusatupe Upgrade

Solomon Airlines has announced the suspension of flights to Gizo from May 26 to August 21 due to the upgrading of the Nusatupe airstrip.
“The funding will support relief efforts that occurred from the day the tsunami occurred including providing relief supplies, transport and distribution as World Vision was the first and largest to respond to the emergency in the province,” said Dr. Catford.

EU Provides Support to Temotu Tsunami Relief Response

The European Union (EU) yesterday gave 178,900Euro to World Vision, providing much needed support for the Temotu tsunami relief response and recovery.
During the eclipse, the moon goes directly in front of the Sun completely blocking it out treating Solomon Islanders to a beautiful display of the solar corona.

Get Ready for Solar Eclipse

Solomon Islands will be treated to a solar eclipse on 10th May 2013 when a ring of fire will appear across a narrow band of locations.
Minister Hou said that while the SIG needed to seek additional revenue, this measure is intended primarily to ensure that “SIG meets the objectives of both the Public Health and Finances.”

Government Increases Tobacco Excise Duty by 20%

The Minister for Finance and Treasury, Hon. Rick Hou has announced that the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) has increased excise duty for Tobacco products by 20%.
Director of the National Medical Laboratory, Alfred Dofai said that what is left is not enough.

Dengue Spikes as NRH Face Blood Shortage

The number of confirmed dengue cases continues to rise and the National Referral Hospital (NRH) fear there could be increased fatalities due to a shortage at the blood bank.
A mechanics student provides a demonstration to AusAID Director General Peter Baxter.

Australia-Pacific Technical College Launches New Home in Honiara

Honiara will soon benefit from its own Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) campus following the launch of a SBD14 million (A$1.9 million) partnership between APTC and Honiara’s Don Bosco Technical Institute today.

SI-PNG Negotiations on IPPA Concludes

Senior officials from Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have concluded the 3rd round of bilateral negotiations on the Investment Promotion Protection Agreement (IPPA) in Honiara, Solomon Islands. The meeting started on Monday and concluded on Tuesday 30 April 2013.
He says that people would like to see wide and fair consultations over the geothermal system throughout the entire island.

Savo Islanders Fear for Safety As Drilling Set to Begin

There is fear among the people of Savo Island of the possibility of a volcanic eruption once drilling to set up a geothermal system commences.

Solomon Airlines Airbus to Manila for maintenance

Solomon Airlines has advised that it’s Airbus aircraft, H4-BUS will be ferried to Manila again to undergo maintenance, which was scheduled to start last month.