Economy Archive September 2021

Ginger Beach Retreat is one of the 7 new Guadalcanal options available in the Solomon Airlines Iumi Tugeda Holidays program.

Solomon Airlines Expands ‘Iumi Tugeda Holidays’ Program to Guadalcanal on World Tourism Day

Solomon Airlines has chosen World Tourism Day to announce a significant expansion of the airline’s ‘Iumi Tugeda Holidays’ program to include more operators in Guadalcanal Province and the addition of Honiara and Central, West and North West Guadalcanal options.
A trade deficit means a country is spending more money on imports than it makes on exports.

COVID-19 Takes its Toll on the Economy: Sogavare

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local economy have been significant.
“While we continue to encourage our farmers to increase their production on potential commodities, it is also important to inform them on standards that is required for export into international markets,” Mr. Kiriau said.

Malaita Farmers Educated on Biosecurity Export Protocols

Biosecurity Solomon Islands of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has delivered eye opening presentations to farmers in Malaita Province on Biosecurity export procedures to meeting requirements of international markets.
Nurses stationed at the Taro hospital in Choiseul province.

Commitment Towards Taro Hospital Redevelopment Project Reinforced

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) Senior Executive Management (SEM) held a meeting recently with the Premier and members of the Choiseul Provincial Government on the redevelopment of the current Taro Hospital in Choiseul.
Participants from the Solomon Islands at the Pacific Internet Governance Forum 2021 (PacIGF).

Virtually Connecting and Building Pacific Communities in COVID-19 Pandemic Times

Hosted for the first time virtually from 6 - 9 September 2021, the Pacific Internet Governance Forum 2021 (PacIGF) brought together stakeholders to discuss and debate policies based on the theme ‘Working towards inclusive, safe and accessible services in the Pacific region.’
“There can be no doubt Jo has had a massive impact on the Solomon Islands tourism industry in his time here,” Mr Hapa said.

Tourism Industry Devastated by Death of Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto

The close-knit Solomon Islands tourism industry is in mourning following the death of Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto who passed away in Suva, Fiji, on Tuesday, 21 September.
We need to reach that 90% threshold because if the pandemic does not get to us first, it will be the worsening economic situation in the country.

Reaching the 90% Vaccination Threshold

The country will open its borders if we reach 90% vaccination coverage, this was the assurance given by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare during his nationwide address on Monday.
Ongoing development of the domestic terminal at the Honiara Port, Point Cruz.

Ports Authority to Increase Entrance Fees for Domestic Port

Come October 2021, users of the Domestic Port in Honiara will see an increase in entrance fee charges.
The Prime Minister says that the country is ill prepared for any community transmission of COVID-19 and urges those that are hesitant to take the jab to consult health professionals or their church leaders.

Vaccine Hesitancy High in Honiara and Guadalcanal

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says that vaccine hesitancy is highest in Honiara and Guadalcanal.
More than 100 countries come together each year to participate. In Solomon Islands this year’s coastal clean-ups took place concurrently in both Munda and in Honiara.

Solomon Airlines Partners With Tourism Stakeholders and Local Schools in Coastal Clean Up

Solomon Airlines, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Tourism Solomons, Travel Solomons, St. Johns School, Tanagai Community High School and Solomon Islands Scout Association joined forces on Saturday to help clean up Solomon Islands coastlines.
Premier Hon. Clay Forau and few other MPAs who were vaccinated during launch day.

Temotu Launch its COVID-19 Vaccination Program

On Wednesday (15th September) this week the last remaining province, Temotu, successfully launched its provincial COVID-19 vaccination roll out program in the provincial capital, Lata.
Group photo of UNDP, National Youth Congress and Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs representatives with young leaders at one-week revitalization programme in Choiseul Province.

Building Effective Provincial Youth Councils

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in cooperation with the National Youth Congress and the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, led the process of revitalizing the Provincial Youth Council in Choiseul through a week-long programme.
ILO Decent Work & Employment Specialist, Mr. Kinan Albahnasi said “A key challenge for Solomon Islands in response to the crisis is to generate more and better employment opportunities while ensuring that no one was left behind."

Solomon Islands Committed to Developing a Gender-responsive National Employment Policy

The COVID-19 crisis has had a significant impact on the labour markets in Pacific Island Countries (PICs), including Solomon Islands, bringing disproportionate levels of unemployment and underemployment across different groups of people, sectors and regions.
The UNDP Solomon Islands Country Manager, Berdi Berdiyev.

New Public Solicitor’s Office Branch in Munda to Cater to the Western Province

More people in the Western Province, will be able to access legal information and services with the opening of the new Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) branch in Munda.
The workshop will cover a range of topics, including the basics of Facebook and Instagram for business, how to engage and grow your online community, helpful tools to save you time such as Facebook Business Suite, and the basics of advertising.

Facebook and SICCI Host Workshop to Support the Pacific Digital Economy

Facebook, in partnership with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), will bring a free digital skills training programme to Honiara on Tuesday 21 September.
David Dennis was sworn-in by the Governor General, His Excellency Sir David Vunagi, at Government House.

New Auditor General Sworn In

The country’s new Auditor General David Dennis was sworn-in by the Governor General, His Excellency Sir David Vunagi at Government House on Tuesday 14 September.
Based on our current vaccination rates we still need to fully vaccinate 312,144 of the eligible population.

How Can We Improve Our Vaccination Rates?

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says that the country cannot stay locked up forever, and has directed the Oversight Committee to look at the possibility of reopening our borders, once certain thresholds are reached.
The KAWAKI Women's Network have been reaching out to communities and schools in the Katupika, Wagina and Kia areas to do conservation awareness which address issues they face in their communities like waste management, logging, mining, and overharvesting.

KAWAKI Women’s Network Elects New Executive

KAWAKI Women’s Network held its first Annual General Meeting on the 8th – 10th September, last week in Wagina, Choiseul Province. About 45 Women from the respective areas of Katupika, Wagina and Kia attended the first AGM where they adopted their constitution and successfully elected nine Executive members.
“These videos provided by the SPD Health team apply Adventist biblical and health heritage,” said SPD president Glenn Townend.

SDA Provide Clarity Around COVID-19 Vaccination

The Health Ministries department of the South Pacific Division (SPD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA) has developed a series of videos in response to queries about COVID-19 vaccination.
The Ministry says that they are also working with relevant authorities to secure additional buildings and spaces to use for COVID-19 isolation both in Honiara and the provinces.

Central Field Hospital Returns to Being COVID-19 Isolation Ward

The Ministry of Health says the Central Field Hospital (CFH) will now return to being used as the COVID-19 isolation ward, to safely isolate and manage COVID-19 cases to prevent any community transmission.
Premier Hon. Willy Tuhagenga taking the first COVID-19 jab for Renbel province.

Rennell Bellona Premier Urges His People to Get Vaccinated

Premier of Rennell Bellona province Hon. Willy Tuhagenga is urging his people to get vaccinated as it is the only way to prevent community transmission.
L-R Health Director George Pego, Premier Hon. Tuhagenga and National Director of Nursing Mr Michael Larui cutting ribbon to mark launch of the COVID-19 vaccination roll out.

COVID-19 Vaccination Launched in Rennell Bellona Province

Rennell and Bellona (Renbel) province is the latest province to have successfully launched its COVID-19 vaccination program.
“CBSI is currently reviewing its ICT infrastructure capability as part of its strategic positioning, not only to mitigate risks like cybersecurity, but also to conform to modern central banking standards,” said Dr. Luke Forau, CBSI Governor.

USTDA Supports Banking Modernization in Solomon Islands

Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) for technical assistance to modernize the country’s banking infrastructure.
“You are ambassadors of the country and anything you do will reflect back on the country."

Beck Reminds Seasonal Workers: “Be Good Ambassadors for the Country”

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade, Mr Collin Beck, has reminded workers flying to Australia today under the Seasonal Work Program (SWP) and the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) to be good ambassadors for the country.
MFAET PS Mr Collin Beck and Second Secretary Christina Skoumbourdis from the Australian High Commission in a photo shoot together with the workers after the Pre-departure briefing at St. Barnabas Leaf hut.

150 Workers Fly to Australia Today

Good news for rural families, 150 workers are bound for Australia today to work in Queensland under the Seasonal Work Program (SWP) and the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS).
The SI Samoa Community members met with the NRH Chief Executive Officer, Dr. George Malefoasi and his team at the Hospital’s car park, to hand over the donated items.

SI Samoa Community Donates to National Referral Hospital

The Solomon Island Samoa Community has assisted the National Referral Hospital (NRH) with aluminum chairs and cleaning detergents through a charity donation, following some months of fundraising.
The first symptoms generally appear 7 to 10 days after infection. They include a mild fever, runny nose and cough, which in typical cases gradually develops into a hacking cough followed by whooping (hence the common name of whooping cough).

With Increased Reports of Whooping Cough Parents Urged to Vaccinate Kids

The government is urging families to vaccinate their babies against illnesses such as whooping cough or pertussis.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says common human coronaviruses, including types 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1, usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold.

Detection of Coronavirus in Infant Explained

The detection of the Coronavirus 229E in an infant recently is attributed to the use of better equipment at the National Referral Hospital’s molecular lab.
Representatives from MAL, MNPDC, MoFT, MECDM and UNDP at the Risk-informed Development Workshop.

Risk Informing Development Programmes to Improve Food Security in Provincial Areas

The Government of Solomon Islands through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) hosted a one-day workshop with key government stakeholders on 25 August 2021, to discuss the inclusion of climate change and disaster risks into the National Food Security Programme Proposal for the 2022 development budget.
Second Secretary at the Australian High Commission in Solomon Islands, Christina Skoumbourdis, hands over laptops to Tabak reps.

Australia Provides Laptops to Support Skills Training at Tabaka Rural Training Centre

Australia recently provided 20 laptops and associated accessories to Tabaka Rural Training Centre in the Western Province to ensure access to skills training for young people in the Solomon Islands and to improve their learning experiences and outcomes.
"If we want to reopen our borders, we must aim to achieve between 80 - 100 percent vaccination coverage of our eligible population", Sogavare says.

Plans in Place to Reopen Border

Reopening of the Solomon Islands borders will now become an agenda item for the Oversight Committee.
“It won’t be easy but I assure of my determination, commitment and dedication towards this role to continue enhancing the operations of the hospital and continue on from the good work that previous MSs have achieved in improving the quality of patient care at the hospital”, said Dr Solomon.

Dr Janella Solomon Appointed NRH MS

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is pleased to announce that the newly appointed Medical Superintendent of the National Referral Hospital (NRH) is Dr Janella Solomon.
The DBSI says that targeted sectors include agricultural production and related industries, fisheries sector, tourism and agro-forestry.

DBSI Launches Low Interest Credit Line Facility for MSME’s

The Development Bank of Solomon Islands (DBSI) has launched a low interest credit line facility for micro, small and medium enterprises in Solomon Islands (MSME).
The Intercepted landing craft anchored at the Police Maritime base during the  lockdown.

Logging Landing Craft Will be Charged: Police

Police has assured the public that the recently released logging landing craft owned by a logging company will be held accountable.
Director NCID, Superintendent Michael Bole says, “The accused was alleged to have committed the offence way back in 2013 when he was the CDO for Temotu Nende."

Former Temotu Nende CDO Arrested for Corruption

The National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) have arrested and charged Constituency Development Officer (CDO) for Temotu Nende for official corruption today.
Dr George Malefoasi, NRH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) explained that the undertaking is crucial for the hospital’s preparedness and actual response to a community transmission situation.

COVID-19 Alert Measures Still in Effect at NRH

The National Referral Hospital (NRH) COVID-19 alert measures are still in place and remains active until further notice.
Passengers boarding the VIP scenic flight prior to pilot briefing and take off at Henderson Airport.

Solomon Airlines Father’s Day Scenic Tour A Success

Solomon Airlines first-ever and fully sold out ‘Father’s Day VIP Scenic Flight’ departed at 9:35am on Sunday 5th September treating its special passengers to a very special joy flight of 75 minutes, from take-off to touch- down with spectacular views of over 300kms of scenery.
Tourism Solomons Nelson Manepura - Selling the Solomon Islands at Virtual PATA 2021.

Tourism Solomons ‘Very Much Still Here’ at Virtual PATA MART 2021

The Solomon Islands’ international visitation may currently be at a standstill but this has not stopped Tourism Solomons and local tourism partners reaching out ‘virtually’ to remind the world “we are very much still here.”
It will be expensive but for certain segments of the Honiara population the government must ready itself to distribute basic food items for free.

The Plight of Honiara Residents During Lockdown

It’s been almost a week since the trial lockdown, so it is probably time to make some assessments on what was learnt – not as a government official but as an ordinary Honiara resident.
SICCI encourages other businesses who are interested in participating directly in this effort to get in touch with the Chamber Secretariat.

SICCI Launches ‘Bisnis for Vaccines’ Campaign

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) has launched a campaign with the aim to get private sector support to encourage and drive vaccination as Solomon Islands continues its fight against COVID-19.
Back glass of an NRH ambulance shattered after being ambushed by thugs during the lockdown.

Health Ministry Outraged with Attack on Health Workers

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) says it is deeply and utterly disappointed at several incidents of rock throwing at NRH vehicles and workers including illegal roadblocks in Honiara during the lockdown period.
Mr Pogeava said despite the arrests, he is thankful for the majority of those in the emergency zone that cooperated, making the police operation a successful one.

Total of 32 Arrested During Lockdown

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) says 32 people were arrested before the lockdown exercise closed at 6am, 31st August 2021.