Economy Archive August 2013

EU Fund Released for Country

The financing agreement for the second European Union Solomon Islands Technical Cooperation Facility (TCF II) has been signed this week in Honiara.
The Solomon Islands saw some of the fiercest fighting of World War II, so a great deal of unexploded ordnance still litters many of the islands to this day.

"Operation Render Safe" Planned for Solomons

About two hundred navy personnel from five countries will soon be deployed to Solomon Islands to address explosive war remnants in Central Province and Guadalcanal Province.

Mining Company Denies Pollution Claims

The owners of the Gold Ridge mine in Solomon Islands are denying it is polluting the river downstream of the tailings dam.
Students of Strathcona Baptist Girls' Grammar School in Australia have collected thousands of coloured pencils to donate to children at Florence Young Christian School and Gwauaoa Village Primary School in the Solomon Islands.

Australian Girls Looks Forward to Solomon Visit

Solomon Islands customs officers may be in for a surprise next month if they ask to inspect the luggage of one Canterbury school group.
Solomon Airlines having a lot of trouble with blown tyres and damage to the aircraft on the Nusatupe airstrip will now be the thing of the past.

Nusatupe Receive Final Touches

A remote runway in Solomon Islands is due to be completed by next week, as the final part of New Zealand’s biggest single aid package.

Discussions Begin on ICT Policy

The Ministry of Communication and Aviation in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will hold a consultation workshop on the development of the “Solomon Islands ICT Policy and Strategic Plan” in Honiara today.

Correctional Services Strengthen Ties

A Fiji Corrections Service delegation is currently visiting the Solomon Islands to view how its Solomon Islands counterpart administers its correctional facilities.

Heads of Mission Consultations Commended

The Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Clay Forau Soalaoi have commended the recently concluded Heads of Missions national consultation meeting in Honiara last week.
Finance Minister Hou stated that Mr. Rarawa has proven that he is capable to handle the responsibilities of the Central Bank and that a number of projects he initiated are still on-going, as such, it would be important for him to complete these projects.

CBSI Governor Gets Contract Extension

The Solomon Islands Minister for Finance and Treasury Hon Rick Hou has announced the extension of Mr Denton Rarawa's contract for a further term.

Consumer Affairs Takes Tough Approach

The Solomon Islands Government’s Consumer Affairs and Price Control Department is seeking to increase penalties on shop owners who continue to sell expired or defective goods.

Resource Owners Receive Saw Mills

The Government this week handed over eleven saw milling machines to rural recipients during a ceremony at the Ministry of Forestry and Research Headquarters in Honiara.
SIWIBA Looks for More Opportunities

SIWIBA Looks for More Opportunities

A group representing Solomon Islands business women is hoping plans to operate a daily flea market in the capital will soon be approved.

SINU Signs with USP

The University of the South Pacific signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Solomon Islands National University (SINU), on Thursday 8 August, 2013, at the USP Laucala Campus in Suva.

Tougher Business Laws Called For

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce says tougher law enforcement is needed to stop foreigners taking jobs that are reserved for the country’s citizens.

Directors for Economic Growth Center Announced

The Public Service Commission has finally appointed nine Directors out of ten to the Economic Growth Center Division who will be directly responsible for the planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Government’s Economic Growth Center Policy.
High Commissioner to Fiji, Patterson Oti and HIgh Commissioner to PNG, Mr. William Haomae during the consultation with stakeholders.

Heads of Missions Hold Consultation

A four days National Consultation workshop by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) for the country’s overseas Heads of Missions (HOM) and other relevant stakeholders is currently underway in Honiara.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Lilo was stopped last Saturday at a security checkpoint and asked to submit to the random test.

Australia Apologizes to Lilo

Australia has apologized to Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo after a lapse in protocol saw him swabbed for explosives at Brisbane airport.
Sikua Calls to Halt Payment

Sikua Calls to Halt Payment

Solomon Islands Opposition Leader, Hon. Dr Derek Sikua wants the government to halt a proposed SBD$2m pay out to the Kazukuru Land Trust Board of Munda.

Munda Airport Upgrade Looks to Open Opportunities

A New Zealand-funded project to upgrade airport facilities in the remote Western Province of the Solomon Islands will benefit international airlines servicing the Pacific island nation's capital of Honiara.
Mr. Kemuel Laeta of the Ministry for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace facilitating the discussion on national reconciliation and peace-building efforts.

Youths Actively Engage for Sustainable Peace

For the past month, over 250 youths have participated in a series of weekly training sessions on “Peace-building and Reconciliation” facilitated by the UNDP’s Human Security project as part of the Youth at Work program.

Local Police Warned

Solomon Islands’ acting police commissioner, Juanita Matanga has warned that officers who collude with members of the public will be dealt with severely.

Disagreements Arise Over Munda Airport

A Group of landowning tribes claiming original ownership over the Munda international Airport are threatening to close the airport over what they claim as being left out of negotiations for the national infrastructure on their land.

Australian Arrested

An Australian national was arrested last week at Airport Motel for tearing a $50 note in half, giving part of it to the taxi driver who dropped him at the motel.
Some of the descendants of Solomon Islanders at their Maniava village in Ra, Fiji.

Descendants in Search for Answers

Descendants of a tribe from the Solomon Islands residing in the heart of the Ra Province are searching for clues on how and when their ancestors first arrived into the country.
As part of the programme, the Prime Minister visited unmarked graves of Solomon Islanders and other Melanesian men, women and children who worked as slaves during the blackbirding days.

Lilo Attends Blackbirding Anniversary

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo has paid tribute to Solomon Islanders who were part of the South Sea Islanders taken as slaves to Queensland, Australia 150 years ago.
Munda runway is the centerpiece of a major infrastructure investment programme by the governments of New Zealand and Solomon Islands.

McCully Opens Munda Airstrip

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully yesterday opened the new Munda runway and Noro-Munda road in the Western Province of Solomon Islands.

New Ambulance Received

Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services has taken delivery of a new ambulance, thanks to the New Zealand amphibious sea lift ship HMNZS CANTERBURY for the delivery.
The Kazukuru people in the Noro/Munda have been acknowleged for their gift of land in 1958 to build the Munda airport and continued support for the upgrading of the same airport to international standards.

Kazukuru Board Sign Agreement

The National Coalition for Rural Advancement (NCRA) Government yesterday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Kazukuru Land Trust Board Inc (KLTB) of Western Province.

More Support from Local Police Called For

A local Solomon Islands’ Youth leader in Malaita province says local police officers do not often respond to family violence call outs.

'Nokim Daon Vaelens' Reach Out to Community Workers

Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA) together with Ministry of Health and Medical Services – Social Welfare Division Gender Based Violence Program are implementing a project funded by the British High Commission called ‘Nokim Daon Vaelens’.

Students Receive Allowance

Solomon Island students at the USP received their allowances yesterday after a long wait.

Bouncer Charged for Murder

Forty-eight year old bouncer, Kameli Bolaitamana has appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court for a charge of murder of a Solomon Islands student studying in Fiji.

Business As Usual for Bemobile

Bemobile, Solomon Islands second mobile phone service provider says it will be business as usual for the country.
SINU Vice Chacellor Dr Glynn Galo shakes hand with FNU Vice Chacellor Dr Ganesh Chand.

National Universities Establish Partnership

Fiji National University (FNU) and the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on FNU’s Nasinu Campus.

Community Development Projects Signed

A financing Agreement for 168 community projects funded by the Solomon Islands Government through the Rural Development Program (RDP) has been signed in Honiara yesterday.

Corporate Direction for Visitors Bureau Launched

The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Hon. Samuel Manetoali has officially launched the new Corporate Direction for the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB).

Business Owner Calls for Support from Women

A Solomon Islands local timber business owner is calling on all women to support other women running for parliament as the country gears up for the 2014 election.
Australian High Commissioner, Matt Anderson and some of the graduates.

More Graduate from APTC

115 Solomon Islands students graduated from the Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC) on Wednesday at a special ceremony in Honiara - the largest APTC graduation ceremony held in Solomon Islands.

Solomons Chaired FOC Successfully

The Solomon Islands delegation had successfully chaired the Forum Officials Committee (FOC) meeting held in Suva last week.
As one of its projects, World Vision is implementing longer term tsunami recovery projects in the areas of Early Childhood Education and child friendly spaces.

World Vision Happy with Temotu Project Progress

Six months after the tsunami in Temotu Province of Solomon Islands, World Vision has effectively assisted thousands of families through a US$ 810,449 response.

Lilo Looks Forward to Sustainable Development

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo returned yesterday after participating at the recent Pacific Islands Development Forum in Fiji with the aim to promote sustainable development for the country.
The Anniversary commemorated yesterday at the US War Memorial marked the landing of American Marines and Allied Forces on 7 August 1942 on Guadalcanal during World War 2.

World War 2 Heroes Commemorated

Solomon Islands Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Maelanga has paid tribute to the men and women who fought and died during World War 2 in Solomon Islands.

Delegation to Attend Blackbirding Anniversary

Ten artists and weavers will represent Solomon Islands at the 150th Anniversary of Australian South Sea Islander History commemorations in Australia.

Solomons to Learn from Sri Lanka

Solomon Islands Permanent Representative to the United Nations Collin Beck says the country has a lot to learn from the experience of Sri Lanka as the two countries formally established diplomatic relations last month.

Varivao in Fiji to Promote Products

Solomon Islands coffee producers, Varivao Holding Ltd is one of the forty companies within the Region currently in Fiji to promote their products and services at the annual Melanesian Spearhead Group road show.

Local Farmer Calls for Support

A local cocoa and coconut farmer in Solomon Islands says the funds distributed by their Members of Parliament are not reaching the local farmers in the rural areas.
The course of instruction began on August 1st when 15 Solomon Islander students learned about pig nutrition, housing, diseases and other relevant topics.

Gizo Locals Receive Basic Veterinary Training

World Vets volunteers and U.S. Army veterinary technicians are providing hands-on training for Solomon Island paravets and livestock officers during Pacific Partnership programme.
Randy Solomon, president of the Western Province Council of Women said she was grateful that her organization was chosen to receive the donations as well as meet the people of Pacific Partnership.

Pacific Partnership Supports Western Province Women

Pacific Partnership 2013 Sailors and nongovernmental organization volunteers delivered Project Handclasp donations to the Solomon Islands Western Province Council of Women during a community service event on August 3.
For decades, logging has played a central role for the economy of the Solomon Islands and with the recent serious effects of logging, the Government is now putting harsher measures.

Government Ventures into Tougher Measures for Logging

The Solomon Islands Government has announced that it will take tougher measures on logging industries operating in the country.

Scouts and Coast Watchers Receive Medallions

Solomon Islands Scouts and Coast watchers have been formally recognized for the role they played in World War II, through the presentation of the first Solomon Islands Scouts and Coast watchers Medallion last week.

Sae Remains a Threat

Solomon Islands police are still seeking Edmond Sae, who escaped from their custody in 2003 , in connection with the murder of the former Police Commissioner and Peace Councillor, Sir Frederick Soaki in February of that year.