Economy Archive July 2013

PNG and Solomons Look to Strengthen Ties in Trade

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has highlighted the importance of building a strong private sector relationship between Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea (PNG).
A high-powered Papua New delegation led by PNG’s Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru made a courtesy call to Hon. Lilo yesterday.

SICCI Welcomes PNG Trade and Investment Mission

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the current PNG trade and investment mission to the country bodes well for business relationships between the two countries.

New Zealand Extends Support

A team of New Zealanders are currently in the Solomon Islands to provide humanitarian support in various communities of the country.
USS Pearl Harbor will work alongside the Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Canterbury (L421) for the Partnership Projects around the country.

Pearl Harbor Arrives for Partnership Projects

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) has arrived in the Solomon Islands for the Pacific Partnership projects.

Financial Institutions Bill Introduced

The Solomon Islands Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon. Rick Hou has introduced a Bill to permit the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) to issue an interim license to carry out limited banking service.
Dr Kenton Sare says at a conservative estimate, the emegency department treats more than 150 patients every day with only two doctors.

Hospital Make Do With Limited Doctors

The Solomon Islands Referral hospital's severe shortage of doctors is creating pressure for each units to function properly.

Strike Called Off After Court Order

The union representing Solomon Islands teachers says has it little confidence the government will honor a court order to meet all outstanding wage commitments, despite ending its strike.

Local Coast Watchers Recognized

The bravery of Solomon Islanders serving under Royal Australian Navy command during the Second World War has finally been recognized by Australia's federal government.
Exporting live dolphins used to be allowed in the Solomon Islands, but after international outrage, the Government banned the practice.

Fisherman Plans to Resume Dolphin Export

A Solomon Islands fisherman says he plans to resume exporting live dolphins to countries like China and Dubai because the Government in Honiara has broken its promise.

Ministry of Environment Now Has Permanent Secretary

Solomon Islands Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster and Meteorology has a new Permanent Secretary.

Kola Reinstated Following Allegations

The acting head of the Solomon Islands Police has confirmed the reinstatement of the deputy commissioner Walter Kola.
Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo inspecting the Solomon Islands Police Response Team (PRT) at GBR.

Local Police Demonstrate Skills to Leaders

A demonstration of skills and tactics of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and the Police Response Team (PRT) was demonstrated for the Pacific leaders at RAMSI base this week.
The training on Peace building and Conflict Analysis focused on conflict analysis, the difference between conflict and violence; as well as strategies for peace interventions.

Civil Society Discuss Sustainable Peace

In the past week, over 40 religious, private sector, and civil society leaders from around the Solomon Islands have participated a training course in peace building.
The procedures will be delivered through the third phase of the Pacific Regional Blindness Prevention Program – a partnership with the New Zealand Aid Programme and Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand.

Australia Commits to Treating Avoidable Blindness

Australia's Minister for International Development Melissa Parke has announced that Australia will help support 8,000 operations to restore the sight of people in the Pacific, including Solomon Islands.

RAMSI Launches Video Documentary

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has launched a video documentary and a booklet recording the work of the Mission as it celebrates its 10th anniversary this week.
The RAMSI-funded site covers the years from the declaration of the British Protectorate in 1893 until independence in 1978.

Scholar to Bring History to Life

The first comprehensive online history of the Solomon Islands will be launched on 25 July, thanks to the painstaking research of a University of Queensland academic.
The young family's first public appearance together has been the moment that the world's media and crowds of onlookers camped outside the hospital had long been waiting for.

Future Commonwealth Head Introduced

The brand new Heir to the throne and future leader of the Commonwealth, has been presented to an adoring public for the first time.
The VOCTEC program enables SINU to train technicians to deliver sustainable solar power solutions in these areas.

Training Held for Solar Technicians

In the past week, the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) hosted its first ever training session for solar technicians through the USAID funded Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy program (VOCTEC).
Mr Key will lead a delegation of New Zealand Ministers and Members of Parliament to the Solomon Islands.

Key to be Here for RAMSI Anniversary

New Zealand Prime Minister, Mr. John Key will be one of the high level guest for the tenth anniversary of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
The new WHO growth monitoring strategy involves measuring children’s weight and length or height against age. Measurements are then compared to growth standard to determine whether child is growing normally, has a growth problem or trend towards a problem.

Nurses and Nurse Aids in South Malaita receive Health Training

Twenty-one Nurses and Nurse Aides from Clinics and Health Centres around south Malaita are currently attending a week long training workshop on World Health Organizations (WHO) Growth Monitoring and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) in Afio.
Marles Receive Highest Solomon Award

Marles Receive Highest Solomon Award

Australian Trade Minister, Richard Marles, has been awarded the Cross of Solomon Islands by the Governor General of Solomon Islands, H. E. Sir Frank Kabui.
During the workshop, participants discussed a broad range of issues including the nature and impacts of corruption, corruption offences and penalties, how to report corruption and what individual citizens can do to combat corruption.

Transparency Conducts Workshop in Malaita

Transparency Solomon Islands has made a good start to its Provincial Visits Program with a successful first day in Auki, Malaita Province.
There is a need to consult more with communities and have a better assessment of how to stimulate sustainable income, help develop businesses and skills, increase employment numbers, and offer quality technical and vocational education

Solomon Islanders Speak Through Survey

The independent People’s Survey which collected feedback from communities throughout the nation has revealed that the people of Solomon Islands want better education in order to aspire to a sustainable income, on social, trade and governance issues.

Fijian Forces Praised Over Solomon Visit

Fijian police officers who returned from the Solomon Islands after conducting community policing outreach programs there were told to make an impact at home now.

Business Visits Raise Tourism Rates

Tourism numbers in the Solomon Islands have been boosted following an increase in the number of business conferences and meetings held there, according to the latest 2012 figures.
Because of the consistent strikes, all exams for 2013 have been moved to November.

Teachers Go on Strike Again

Teachers in Solomon Islands are on an indefinite strike again for the third time this year over the government's failure to adjust the teachers' pay.
Pat Robertson, right, with Mahitahi-COVS director Christina Reymer.

New Zealander in Solomons as Volunteer

A New Zealand teacher who became a medical social worker has returned to the Solomon Islands to teach English.
The project aims to get as many accommodation providers as possible in Solomon Islands set up with a professional e-commerce enabled web site able to process bookings instantly.

Visitors Bureau Holds Marketing Conference

The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) with South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and Pacific Islands Trade and Invest (PT&I) will play host to the digital marketing workshop for small and medium sized (SME) accommodation providers in Gizo and Auki.

SINTA Creates Another Strike Threat

Teachers throughout the country once again go on another strike after the Solomon Islands national teachers association (SINTA) is unsatisfied with how the government has been dealing with their issues.
The RAMSI anniversary will not only showcase what  has been achieved so far but it is also a time to help Solomon Islanders start discussing what they would like to see when the Mission actually leaves the country.

RAMSI Anniversary Preparations Underway

Arrangements are now well underway by the Solomon Islands Government, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) to mark the 10th anniversary of the Mission on 24 July 2013.

Concerns Raised Over Limited Tax Awareness

Solomon Islands Acting Commissioner of Inland Revenue, George Tapo has noted with concern the low level of awareness of an important tax change among people who participated in the 2013 SIG RAMSI People’s Survey.
Solomon Islands continue to remain as one of the most vulnerable countries to Natural Disaster and Climate Change.

Integration Important for Climate Change and Disaster Management

"Solomon Islands is in a great position to integrate climate change and disaster risk management."

Inland Revenue Warns Property Owners

Solomon Islands Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Mark Bell has stated that “Inland Revenue will be focusing on the taxation of leased or rented properties as highlighted in the recently launched Tax Compliance Focus 2013-2015.”

Community Volunteers Trained

Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA) together with Ministry of Health's Social Welfare Division are implementing a project funded by the British High Commission called ‘Nokim Daon Vaelens’.
In thanking his Solomon's counterpart for what he described as “a wonderful experience” for the Fijian delegation visiting the country, the Voreqe Bainimarama said it had reinforced his optimism about the future of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Solomon Visit Described as "Wonderful Experience"

Fiji Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has urged Solomon Islands to step up its engagement with Fiji, telling his Solomons counterpart that Fiji is more sympathetic and understanding than some of its other regional neighbours.
World Vision Assists Care Centre

World Vision Assists Care Centre

Last week World Vision, Solomon Islands, facilitated a strategic workshop on behalf of the Christian Care Centre (CCC) with the aim of developing a framework and a five year plan.
Pictured are the new Australian volunteers with the Australian High Commissioner Matt Anderson and AusAID's Kenndy Folasi.

New Australian Volunteers Arrive

Thirteen new Australian volunteers have arrived in Solomon Islands to begin their placements with government ministries, schools, non-government organisations and community groups.
The Prime Minister and his delegation spent last weekend with the people of Lord Howe and Sikaiana.

Malaita Outer Islanders Call for Resettlement

People of Malaita Outer Islands (MOI)in Solomon Islands says it is high time for them to move into resettlement before sea level rise could become a huge threat for them.
Launched in July 2003, the RAMSI mission involved more than 2000 troops and police from Australia, New Zealand, PNG, Fiji and Tonga.

RAMSI Defence Ends Mission

Australia has concluded its decade-long defense mission in the Solomon Islands, with troops now packing up before heading home later this year.

NPF Members to Receive Bonus

The Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) members can expect an increase in their balance as of yesterday after the declaration of a 20-percent interest rate to members’ contribution worth $246.2 million (US$33.7 million).