Economy Archive March 2019

“We are hopeful this new service will act as a catalyst for increased confidence in the Western Province’s tourism future, in the process attracting major investment in much needed infrastructure which the country desperately needs.”

Tourism Solomons Welcomes New Brisbane-Munda Direct Service

Tourism Solomons has applauded Solomon Airlines’ decision to commence a direct same-day Brisbane-Munda-Brisbane service on Saturday, 30 March describing the move as, potentially, a major catalyst for increased international visitation to the destination.
The decision to close the Mission comes as the current High Commissioner, Mr. Victor Ngele’s contract comes to an end.

Malaysia Mission to Close

The Solomon Islands Government is closing down the country’s High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, just five years after it opened the mission in 2013.
UNICEF Regional Director, Karin Hulshof in Walo community, North Malaita with a local woman.

UNICEF Addresses Open Defecation

UNICEF is working to increase the use of toilets in Solomon Islands and educate community leaders about the importance of sanitation.
The company has also created an industry association to make sure the value of the Fair Trade catch benefits the local communities.

Tri Marine Certified by Fair Trade USA

Tuna giant Tri Marine International announced the Solomon Islands yellowfin and skipjack fishery has been certified by Fair Trade USA.
RD Tuna cannery is based in Madang, a growing fish processing hub in PNG.

Government Policies Sets Positive Tone for PNG Manufacturers

The Chief Executive of the Manufacturers Council of Papua New Guinea, Chey Scovell, has given an upbeat assessment of the prospects for the manufacturing sector. He tells Business Advantage PNG that the mood, while cautious, is becoming more optimistic.
"We females we have to earn men’s respect. I have learnt that it is better to mix and mingle with all equally, than to give space and importance to anyone in particular"

Rising Above a Male Dominated Industry

Tanny Saepio was the first female captain in Solomon Islands, and now works as a manager for National Fisheries Development Ltd (NFD).
Man Arrested for Threatening Villagers

Man Arrested for Threatening Villagers

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Taro, Choiseul Province have arrested a 34-year-old male person on allegations of arson and other related allegations at Molevanga Village, South Choiseul, Choiseul Province on 24 March 2019.
Clean up efforts after the oil spill off Rennell Island in Solomon Islands.

Concerns Over Issuance of Mining License

Transparency Solomon Islands says it's concerned about new mining licences to a company at the center of an environmental disaster.
Matthew Varley called on anyone with suspicions or information about people still in possession of firearms to come forward and report them to police.

PC Varley Calls For Surrendering of Illegal Arms

Police Commissioner Mathew Varley has called on communities in Solomon Islands to surrender illegal arms as election looms.
Peter in class at Aligegeo Secondary School in the Lau region of Malaita Island, in the Solomon Islands.

A Story of Dignity and Courage

Sixteen-year-old Peter goes to a boarding school in the Solomon Islands which has experienced water shortages for 60 years.
Officers from Honiara boarding RSIPF Vessel Auki for the National General Elections duty in Malaita Province.

Extra Resources Poured into Election Safety and Monitoring

The local Police will assist Solomon Islands Maritime Authority (SIMSA) to monitor boats and vessels for over loading as voters travel to provinces to cast their ballots in the National General Election (NGE) on 3 April 2019.
Dr. Chand is a founder of the University of Fiji and serves as a trustee of the Fiji Institute of Applied Studies and as editor of Fijian Studies: A Journal of Contemporary Fiji.

Chand is SINU Vice Chancellor

Dr. Ganeshwar Chand is the new Vice Chancellor for the Solomon Islands National University.
Bobby Siarani, standing far right, is one of the four winners of the Commonwealth Youth Award.

Young Solomon Islander Recognized by Commonwealth

A young Solomon Islander is among winners of the Commonwealth Youth Awards.
MYIBA was represented by Watson Cyrus Anikwai (L) (MYIBA member) and Hika Joseph (MYIBA Member & Advisor).

Mobile App Developed by Solomon Islanders Gets International Recognition

The Malaita Youth in Business Association (MYIBA), was one of the recipients of three awards during the Pacific Agrihack Lab competition in Tonga last year December 2018.
"Sooner or later, when we see our country hasn't been able to grow out of this relationship, we are at liberty to review our relations and to explore other avenues," said former Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo, who is contesting the election.

Taiwan Ties Maybe Uncertain

As politicians hit the hustings across the Solomon Islands two weeks out from a general election in the South Pacific archipelago, the loyalty of one of Taiwan's few remaining allies is in the balance.
Drivers and pedestrians in Honiara have also been advised to take all precaution as they travel on the roads.

Police Warns Public Over Bad Weather

The Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIPF) is calling on all residents living near the Mataniko River in Honiara and other streams to keep well away following flooding after heavy rain in the capital city yesterday afternoon.
Local RSIPF officer shares the NGE pamphlets with students who attended one of the awareness programs.

Police Continues Elections Awareness

The Maoa and Bina Harbour communities in West Kwaio, Malaita Province have assured the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) that they will work together with police during the upcoming National General Election (NGE) to prevent crime in their communities.
At 36, Florence, a mother of two, is an experienced entrepreneur who manages a successful retail business, in a country where older men dominate the business landscape, she is an anomaly.

Gender Journey in Business

After years of struggling to find a job or start a small business in the Solomon Islands, she felt poultry farming would be a profitable venture.
Solomon Islands has remained Taiwan’s diplomatic ally since March 1983. It opened an embassy in Taipei in May 2005. Taiwan has provided substantial aid to sectors such as agriculture, education, and health in Solomon Islands.

Could There Be A Diplomatic Switch?

The forthcoming national elections in Solomon Islands in April have once again raised the issue of diplomatic relations between the Republic of China (hereafter “Taiwan”) and Solomon Islands.
Earlier this year the Bougainville President John Momis proposed changes to the Mining Act that would greatly increase the royalties for local landowners.

Bougainville Independence Delayed but Looming

The referendum for Papua New Guinea’s eastern region is now set for October but how its outcome will be handled remains unclear.
Law reform is necessary if the country is to have an effective, modern health system that cares for all Solomon Islanders.

Law Reform Necessary for Health Sector

The Solomon Islands government is moving to change its outdated health administration laws.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) members have already begun assisting with some training for RSIPF members in the areas like logistics, operations, and communications.

Police Welcomes Australian and New Zealand Support

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) welcomes the support from the Australian and New Zealand Governments to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and is ready for the National General Election (NGE) on 3 April 2019.
One of the USS Wasp’s five-inch guns looms out of the murk of the Coral Sea.

USS Wasp Found After 77 years

The USS Wasp, an aircraft carrier that saw service during World War II from Iceland to Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands has been located lying 14,000 feet deep in the Coral Sea 77 years after its sinking.
Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto encourages visitors to also explore Tourism sites that are unaffected by the Oil Spill saga.

Tourists Encouraged to Keep Travel Plans

As efforts continue to stem oil flowing from a grounded bulk carrier on Rennell Island, Tourism Solomons has stressed the situation has not in any way impacted on the destination’s main tourism corridors or the country’ ability to manage its international visitors.
The incident was in relation to armed gunmen who attacked Maleai village injuring two people and robbing a foreign businessman of tens of thousands of dollars in cash and beche-de-mer products.

Arrest Made Over Maleai Incident

An operation comprising officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in the Choiseul and Western provinces as well as the Police Response Team (PRT) have arrested an 18-year-old male suspect in the armed robbery incident at Maleai, in the Shortland Islands on 6 February 2019.
A new partnership between ANZ and Ola Fou where they will be given the opportunity to be part of MoneyMinded and Business Basics which is ANZ’s financial literacy program.

ANZ Supports Financial Literacy for Fiji Youths

Good news for youth leaders across Fiji as they will be part of a program that will help instill in them a culture of saving.
Thinking Equal - An Insight with Atenasi

Thinking Equal - An Insight with Atenasi

I am the CEO for the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry and I have been in the role for over 5 months.
MSG Observer Team Finalized

MSG Observer Team Finalized

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG)Secretariat has finalised its Observer Team to monitor the National General Elections in the Solomon Islands on 03 April 2019, following an invitation by the Solomon Islands Government.
There’s no shortage of women now willing to speak about the benefits of financial literacy. Prudence is 3rd from right.

Facing Gender Challenges Head On

Prudence Tekurade is 28-year-old mother of three who saved enough from her job at SolTuna, the Solomon Islands’ only tuna processing plant, to buy a plot of land.
Rescue workers at the site of Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 crash on Sunday, where more than 150 people were killed.

19 UN Staff Killed on Ethiopian Airlines Crash

World leaders and citizens from over 30 countries mourned the loss of those aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on Sunday, including several aid workers from United Nations agencies and other humanitarian organizations.
The report found that on average at least 5 people a year were attacked by crocodiles in Solomon Islands between 1998 and 2017 but in the first few months of 2018 alone there were 13 attacks, three of them fatal.

Crocodile Related Attacks Increases

A new report has found that crocodile attacks on people in Solomon Islands have increased significantly over the past decade and will continue to rise if nothing is done to prevent them.
Government Terminates 179 Scholarships

Government Terminates 179 Scholarships

The Solomon Islands government has axed the scholarships for 179 students studying in Fiji because of poor grades.
Financial security is a particular challenge for women who, with no safe place to store their savings, are at increased threat of violence or theft.

Empowering Women's Financial Future

In Solomon Islands, access to formal banking services outside of provincial capitals is non-existent.
The ship was carrying 700 tonnes of oil when it ran aground and there are fears the remaining fuel will spoil Rennell Island, the world’s largest raised coral atoll and home to many species found nowhere else.

Containment of Oil Spill Continues

Spill could damage Rennell Island, the world’s largest raised coral atoll and home to many species found nowhere else.