Economy Archive September 2016

Opposition Urges HCC to Address Overcrowding at the main market

The Parliamentary Opposition Group is urging the Honiara City Council (HCC) to address the overcrowding situation at the main market.
The Solomon Islands offers a young demographic where 60% of the population is below the age of 25 and are keen to gain improved access to communication and digital services.

Solomon Islands Records Huge Mobile Phone Uptake

The Solomon Islands has demonstrated some impressive figures when it comes to mobile uptake, according to new research.
Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Constable Simon Rihia, of the Explosive Ordnance Team, monitors a towable side scan sonar array for an underwater search of explosive remnants of war in the Solomon Islands.

Underwater Detectives use Sonar to find Munitions

A team of Royal Australian Navy clearance divers are working with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) on Guadalcanal during Operation Render Safe 16 to enhance the underwater clearance capability of the Solomon team.
The workshop sought to address the needs of national stakeholder and focus on strengthening institutional capacity in order to deal more effectively with natural hazards such as droughts.

Solomon Islands Looks At Developing Drought Policy

The first National Drought Policy Workshop and Consultations hosted by the Government of Solomon Islands was held this month.
The difference here is you forget everything you need to escape from. The silence, interrupted only by the ocean and the occasional falling coconut, is unimaginable.

Under the Spell of the Solomons

After the whirlwind of a wedding, the special time set aside for a honeymoon is the perfect way to unwind with the love of your life in the Solomon Islands.
Gizo hospital during the fire in July this year.

Gizo Hospital Fire Calls for Asbestos Ban

The discovery of previously unknown asbestos after a hospital fire in Solomon Islands has sparked a call for a Pacific-wide ban of the toxic substance.
The Joint Task Force is in the Solomon Islands for Operation Render Safe 2016, part of the enduring Australian-led mission to help rid the South West Pacific from the dangers of explosive remnants of war.

Multinational Force Commences Intensive Explosive Disposal Operation

A concentrated effort to dispose of unexploded bombs and munitions has now commenced in Central Province thanks to a multinational military team that is working with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force over the next three weeks.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands Kenichi Kimiya launched the construction phase of the Kukum Highway Project after the recent conclusion of the Preparatory phase.

Kukum Highway Project launched

A major infrastructure improvement project in Solomon Islands financed by the Government of Japan is projected to improve economic activities by reducing the current traffic conditions while improving safety for road users in the capital, Honiara.
The Sanitary Solutions for Yandina Women established by Australian women have used their own skills in sewing to teach Yandina women how to make cloth sanitary pads.

Queensland Women Bringing Change to Rural Women

Mbanika Island is a rural Island in the Solomon Islands – but it’s closer to Queensland than Perth is.
The sustainable development goals (SDGs), officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, are an intergovernmental set of aspiration goals and spearheaded by the UN.

SDG Consultations Planned for Fiji

A National consultations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be held in Fiji in the next two months.
He says more needs to be done to ensure that the FIB deploys a due diligence process that is both rigorous and thorough.

Calls for Closer Scrutiny of Foreign Investors

Government has been urged to put in place stringent processes when it comes to dealings with foreign investors.
The new facility will be used by all students in the Certificate II Hospitality course being delivered through a collaborative partnership between Don Bosco Technical Institute and the APTC.

Changes Brewing in the Skills Development Sector

Don Bosco Technical Institute and the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) opened a new, state of the art hospitality training facility yesterday in Henderson.
To determine if fish farming could help improve household food and nutrition security, the ACIAR-funded Developing Inland Aquaculture in Solomon Islands project conducted participatory action research, which involved farmers as researchers themselves.

Solomon Islands Looks to Inland Aquaculture for Food Security

By 2030, the Solomon Islands is expected to have a shortfall in food fish supply of 6000 to 20,000 metric tons, driven by a growing population, the impacts of climate change and overfishing on inshore reef fisheries.
Betikama and St Joseph’s Tenaru will debate whether adaptation is a better response to climate change than mitigation. St Nicholas College and Selwyn College will consider if small island states like Solomon Islands have a greater obligation to combat climate change than other countries.

G'Day High School Debate Focus on Climate Change

The Australian High Commission will today host students from four Honiara high schools in the annual G’Day Solomon Islands Great Debate.
A World War Two American Stuart tank lies in the same spot where it was immobilised by Japanese forces on Kohinggo Island in 1943.

World War 2 Relics Hope to Attract History Enthusiasts

Solomon Islands is looking to attract more military history enthusiasts to Guadalcanal, which is famous as the battleground for the allied offensive against the Japanese during World War II.
Royal New Zealand Navy’s diving and mine countermeasures support ship HMNZS MANAWANUI and an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) expert from the New Zealand Army would support an Australian-led operation to clear sites near the capital Honiara and in the nearby Russell and Florida island groups.

New Zealand to Help Destroy Unexploded Munitions

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will be helping the Solomon Islands dispose of the deadly threat posed by unexploded World War II-era munitions.
As part of the discussion, French Polynesia stated its willingness to share its tourism expertise and experiences with Solomon Islands to help improve its tourism industry.

Tahiti Pledges Support to Improve Tourism

French Polynesia (Tahiti) has offered to help Solomon Islands develop its tourism industry and also proposed potential areas for wider Pacific regional cooperation in airline services and restrictive fishing limits.

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