Economy Archive August 2016

Hon. Milner Tozaka, MP, Minister of Foreign and External Trade and his counter-part, Hon. Murray McCully MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand sign the revised Joint Commitment for Development.

SI And NZ Signed Revised Joint Commitment for Development

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Milner Tozaka on Monday 29th August 2016 signed a revised Joint Commitment for Development with his New Zealand counter-part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Murray McCully in Wellington, New Zealand.
LT CDR Kaio said that "Through patrolling these waters, we are helping to deter IUU fishing; this protects the livelihoods of Pacific Island communities and promotes sustainable fishing in the Pacific".

Australia, NZ support Solomon Islands Maritime Security

Australia and New Zealand are continuing to supporting maritime surveillance and security patrols in Vanuatu and Solomon Island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
“Large-scale crop cultivation is seriously threatening the country’s plant life,” said Chen Ai-chen, deputy secretary-general of TaiwanICDF. “The book will help locals gain a greater awareness of the value of their flora.”

Solomon Islands Book on Plant Life Released by Taiwan ICDF

Taipei City-based International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) launched the book “Field Guide to the Plants of Solomon Islands” Aug. 23, highlighting the organization’s ongoing efforts to support scientific research and sustainable development in the Republic of China (Taiwan) diplomatic ally.
The new program will work with businesses over four years to provide tools to “recruit, retain, and promote women” throughout companies in the Solomon Islands – from the executive level to non-traditional roles.

Initiative Seeks Improved Economic Participation for Women

Last month, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Australian government launched a $2.3 million initiative to increase women’s economic participation in the Solomon Islands.
Minister of Finance and Treasury Hon. Snyder Rini stated that in re-prioritizing, this will ensure funds for services such as Health and Education will be safeguarded for the remainder of 2016.

Government to Reprioritize 2016 Budget

The current Solomon Islands Government will reprioritize the "Other Charges Expenditure" in the 2016 Budget to ensure there are sufficient funds for essential services such as health and education are protected in the remaining months of this year.

Minister Commends UNDP Water Project Report

The Minister of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) has welcomed a Climate Change, Water Adaptation report presented by the Solomon Islands Water Sector Adaptation Project (SIWSAP) early this week.
“Malaita’s greatest resource is its people and their work ethic. I am excited to see the new opportunities emerging for the Malaitan people now that Gwanaru’u Airport has reopened and the North Road rehabilitation project is nearing completion.”

Australian High Commissioner Visits Malaita

Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne travelled to Malaita last week to explore the opportunities and challenges for growth and development in the province, and visit some Australian-funded development projects in Auki, Malu’u and Talakali.
JICA Pledges Continuous Support to New International Wharf

JICA Pledges Continuous Support to New International Wharf

The Resident Representative of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Solomon Islands, Kyoji Mizutani has pledged continuous support to Solomon Islands as the country takes charge of a new International seaport facility funded by the Government of Japan.
British Solomon Islands 10 shillings Worth Thousands

British Solomon Islands 10 shillings Worth Thousands

If you have a British Solomon Islands 10 shillings lying around, it may be worth a lot of money – SBD$150,000 to be exact.
The yellow-bibbed lory (Lorius chlorocercus) is a monotypic species of parrot in the Psittaculidae family and is endemic to the Solomon Islands.

Bird Watching as a Tourism Opportunity

Building on the success it has achieved positioning the Solomon Islands as a true mecca for bird watching enthusiasts in the key Australian and New Zealand markets, the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau is now taking the message to the United Kingdom.

Government Called to Clarify Proposed AFP presence

Solomon Islands Parliamentary Opposition Group has urged the Government to clear the air over claims Australian Federal Police (AFP) is intending to be permanently stationed in Solomon Islands.
Director of Tourism, Barney Sivoro; SIVB board chairman, Wilson Ne’e; SIVB marketing officer, Stella Lucas; MCT Permanent Secretary, Andrew Nihopara; Minster of Tourism, Bartholomew Parapolo; SI High Commission representative, Jenny Barile; SIVB CEO, Josefa Tuamoto, and Solomon Airlines regional manager Australla/NZ/Asia, Victor Sharan.

Australia Visit Brings Attention to Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Minister for Culture and Tourism, the Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo has personally led a senior team of government and tourism officials to meet with potential investors, travel media and travel industry representatives in Sydney and Brisbane this week.
Ribbon cutting by Gina De Pretto, First Secretary Health Australian High Commission, Dr Greg Jilini, Under Secretary Health Care, Ministry of Health and Medical Services and Alfred Dagi, Provincial Minister of Health, Temotu Province.

Temotu Opens Medical Store

The people of Temotu, Eastern Solomon Islands will have better access to essential medicines with the opening of the Second Level Medical Store at Lata this week.
As of May, Solomon Islands visitor figures showed a 12.8% increase.

Visitor Arrivals Show Increase

Solomon Islands' international visitor arrivals as of May have jumped again with official government figures released this week showing a close on a 13 percent increase over the same period in 2015.
Prime Minister Sogavare and Singapore’s Senior Minister of State, Hon Josephine Teo.

Sogavare Reaffirms Ties with Singapore

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and Singapore’s Senior Minister of State, Josephine Teo met in Singapore this week to reaffirm their governments’ commitment to the friendly ties between Solomon Islands and Singapore.