Economy Archive June 2019

Police calls on the public to work together to stop the traffic congestion that continues to affect road users and businesses in the capital city.

Police Cracks Down on Illegal Parking at Bus Stops

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is putting together plans to crack down on drivers who park illegally at bus stops and at the Fishing Village Market in Honiara.
Representatives of SINPF Hibiscus Apartments, the Heritage Park Hotel, the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel, the Coral Sea Resort & Casino in Honiara and the Papatura Island Retreat in Santa Isabel.

Hotels to Achieve Minimum Standards Accreditation

The Solomon Island Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) has announced the first Solomon Islands accommodation providers to achieve ‘Minimum Standards Accreditation’.
SICCI CEO, Atenasi Ata stressed that the collective view of SICCI member companies is that the review into minimum wage is long overdue, but it is a process that should be conducted regularly so that substantial increases such as 100% increases are not necessary.

SICCI Presents Submission on Minimum Wage

Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) on Tuesday 26th June 2019 presented its submission, containing views of its members of the business community, to the Labour Advisory Board’s (LAB) review into the country’s minimum wage.
“The Solomon Islands is very much a series of destinations within the one destination offering a plethora of unique and very niche travel experiences.”

‘Me Save Solo’ 2019 – On Track for Best-Ever Attendance

With just days to go before the 2019 ‘Me Save Solo’ tourism exchange kicks off in Honiara, Tourism Solomons has confirmed international buyer attendance at the event has gone well beyond expectations.
“The uprooted marijuana plants are believed to be valued at between $500,000.00 and $1 million if sold in the local market,” says PCIO Nevol.

Marijuana Haul Worth Close to SBD$1 Million

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Guadalcanal Province have arrested a man in his 20s after uprooting several thousand marijuana plants in the Mberande area of East Guadalcanal on 24 June 2019.
The sunken ray boat between Gela and Honiara.

Search Underway for Two Missing Passengers of Sunken Ray Boat

The Solomon Islands Maritime office is calling on the public to practice caution especially when travelling in between Islands, and also to take heed of warnings issued by the MET service.
5.7 Magnitude Quake Recorded Near Kavachi

5.7 Magnitude Quake Recorded Near Kavachi

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 10km was recorded at 2.18pm today near the active sub-marine volcano Kavachi in the Western Province.
“Public are also urged to assist if you see the man, Mr. Ujjal Deuan, and his photo is supplied to assist with this appeal,” PPC Riolo says.

Bangladeshi Steals Cash from Boss

A Bangladeshi working as a shop keeper in Honiara has allegedly stolen SBD$90,000 from his employer, also a Bangladeshi national.
The suspect is expected to face a charge of murder. A remand application for him will be made in the Gizo Magistrates Court soon after he has been interviewed.

Man Charged with Killing Elder Brother

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Western Province have arrested a man in his 30s at Patutiva Village in Marovo following the death of his elder brother over the weekend.
Police Investigates Two Deaths Over The Weekend

Police Investigates Two Deaths Over The Weekend

Investigators of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara have attended to the death of two adult men at separate locations in the capital city over the weekend.
The ministry has requested $US1.5 million dollars from the government to hire more than 70 Solomon nurses in total.

20 Nurses Recruited by Vanuatu

Solomon Islands will send 20 nurses to neighboring Vanuatu next month, an arrangement first made possible through an MOU signed by the two countries in 2011.
Bus Driver in Custody After Accident in Honiara

Bus Driver in Custody After Accident in Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon islands Police Force (RSIPF) Traffic Department in Honiara have arrested a 32-year-old male person who is believed to be the driver of a bus which allegedly hit an elderly man at the bus stop near the overhead bridge at China Town on 21 June 2019.
A trachoma grader examine the eyes of a young girl in Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands Commended for Progress Achieved to Tackle Avoidable Forms of Blindness

The Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust (the Trust), Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, today met with leading eye health experts to thank and commend them for their efforts to prevent blindness across Solomon Islands.
This figure-head (nguzunguzu) of wood with pearl shell inlay from the Solomon Islands will also feature in the exhibition. The British Museum has museum long faced criticism over how it sourced its most prized possessions from former British colonies and beyond.

Collecting Histories: Solomon Islands Featured in British Museum

The British Museum has one of the world's largest collections of objects and photographs from Solomon Islands - around 4,000 items - which have been acquired in a variety of ways over the past 250 years.
The competition attracted 17 entries, mostly from youth, exhibiting both their talent and passion for photography.

Australia Gives Voice to Women And Youth in Cocoa Photo Competition

Winners of the photography competition: “Capturing Cocoa”, received a total of SB$7,400 worth of prizes on 14 June 2019.
RSIPF Commissioner Varley presents outgoing SIPSP Team Leader Razos with a letter of commendation.

RSIPF Farewells Australian and NZ Advisors

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) today farewelled two advisors from Australia and New Zealand who have served for several years under the Australian Solomon Islands Police Development Program (SIPDP) and the New Zealand Solomon Island Support Program (SIPSP).
Police Trained to Conduct RBT on Land and Sea

Police Trained to Conduct RBT on Land and Sea

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in the Western Province will be able to conduct random breath testing (RBT) on vehicle drivers and skippers of boats and ships in that province at the end of a three-day training underway at Gizo 18 – 20 June 2019.
Chairman Korowa revealed that the cost to operate the new plant will be upwards of SBD$120m a year – the real cost of maintaining water supply in the capital city.

New Treatment Plant to Cost SBD$120M Per Year to Operate

A new treatment plant for Kongulai is being designed, which should help curb continuous cuts to water supply due to turbidity during rainy seasons.

RSIPF Investigates Death of a PNG National in Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara are investigating the death of a Papua New Guinea national whose body was discovered at a motel in the capital on 14 June 2019.
“I appeal to members of the public in the Panatina area in East Honiara who have any information about this sad incident to contact the police,” says Acting Inspector Nala.

19-Year-Old Rape Suspect Arrested

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have arrested and charged a 19-year-old male person for allegedly raping a 14-year-old female in the Panatina area of Honiara on 8 June 2019.
Despite Stop Order Illegal Logging Forces Water Shutdown

Despite Stop Order Illegal Logging Forces Water Shutdown

Solomon Water was again forced to turn off its Kongulai Pump Station late last week. The shutdown was due to the high turbidity (silt and dirt particles in the water) experienced upstream at Kongulai water source following rain.
Constable Helai of the RPNGC hands over the keys of the gifted motorcycles to Acting DC Operation Joseph Manelugu.

PNG Police Donates Five Motorcycles to RSIPF

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) received five motorcycles from the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara on 11 June 2019.
“Coconut oil saved me, gave me a future I never thought was possible, my children are in school, and I can look after them well,” Linda said, now beaming with pride at what she has achieved.

Coconut Oil Saved Me

Linda first came to Honiara in the early 1980s, 14 at the time she was just excited to visit the capital city.
Solomon Airlines Helping Tourism Accommodation Development

Solomon Airlines Helping Tourism Accommodation Development

The biggest challenge facing the Solomon Islands, as it attempts to catch up with more successful tourist destinations in the South Pacific, is a shortage of hotel beds.
CRB is the most serious insect pest of coconuts, impacting thousands of coconut plantations in Solomon Islands.

29,000 Hectares of Coconut Plantations Under Threat

29,000 Hectares! That is the estimated total land size of coconut plantations throughout the Solomon Islands that is currently under threat by a new invasive strain of the coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB).
Police Kill Crocodiles As Attacks on Villagers Increase

Police Kill Crocodiles As Attacks on Villagers Increase

A three-day operation by officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Police Response Team (PRT) has killed four crocodiles in and around the Koqu Deo Settlement including Kaza Village on Kolombangara Island in the Western Province from 5 – 7 June 2019.
Signing by the President of KMU and Acting Vice Chancellor, Dr Jack Maebuta.

KMU and SINU Sign Extended MOU

The Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU) of Taiwan visited the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) yesterday to sign the extended existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between both universities.
Dr Phillip Ross also worked on the 2011 Rena oil spill in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty.

Scientists Asses Impact of Oil Spill Disaster

A New Zealand ecologist says a team of scientists is testing marine life and paint left from the MV Solomon Trader at the site of one of Solomon Islands' worst environmental disasters.
Police Investigate Suspicious Death

Police Investigate Suspicious Death

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara is investigating the suspicious death of a 26-year-old male person who died after he sustained body injuries.
Decline in Tourist Numbers for 2019

Decline in Tourist Numbers for 2019

Solomon Islands has seen a decrease in arrivals into the country during the first quarter of this year 2019, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO).
Kiwi Company Wins Bid to Power Rural Areas

Kiwi Company Wins Bid to Power Rural Areas

New Zealand sustainable energy company Infratec has won a joint bid to deliver renewable electricity generation for the first time to four outer islands in the Solomons.
SINCW said that the rise in rape cases is alarming and calls on community leaders to do more to protect girls and woman.

22 Year Old Arrested for Rape of 69 Year Old Woman

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) arrested a 22-year-old male person for the alleged rape of a 69-year-old woman at Nusa Baruku Village on Gizo Island in the Western Province on 4 June 2019.
Solomon Water says it is important to boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation.

Solomon Water Advice Customers to Boil Water

Solomon Water has advised its customers to boil their water before food preparation or consumption.