Economy Archive October 2022

Scattered islands, growing population and consequently increasing demand for better health care services are amongst the many contributing factors to these challenges.

The Need to Reach the Unreached, an Ongoing Reality and Challenge

The Minister for Health, Dr. Culwick Togamana highlighted that the need to reach the unreached in the Solomon Islands is an ongoing challenge for the government and the Ministry of Health.
“With borders open, now is the time to continue to build up the tourism industry”

Australian Government Reviews Travel Advice for Solomon Islands

The Australian Government has reviewed its advisory for travelers visiting the Solomon Islands and effective immediately, the travel advice level has been lowered to ‘exercise normal safety precautions.’
Supervising Assistant Commissioner, National Operations Russel Tagini presenting certificate of Attainment to Constable Bonsy Paolo.

Officers Graduate with Level 2 International Mine Action Standard Certificate

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team graduated six of its officers after completing the level two of International Mine Action Standard (IMAS) at Hell’s Point, East Honiara.
The Corporate Plan sets out the strategy and guide for the MECDM, Community Based Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), development partners, and Civil Society Organization’s support to the Ministry for the next 2 years.

Through Cooperation to New Achievements

The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) this week, launched its new Corporate Plan for 2022-2024.
Police are also trying to investigate whether the alleged replica guns are from the replica guns shipment, which was reportedly smuggled into the country in recent months.

Is Win Win Company Above the Law?

Win Win company is back in the spotlight, this time on charges relating to the alleged use of replica firearms to threaten a community in central Guadalcanal.
There are now 4,547 Solomon Islanders employed under the scheme. Australia hosts the most workers with 4,135 while New Zealand has 412 Solomon Islanders under the scheme.

Government Targets 5,000 PALM Workers by December

The government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET), remains steadfast in committing up to 5,000 workers into the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme by the end of 2022, with further opportunities from New Zealand on the horizon.
FMD is a severe and highly contagious animal disease that affects cloven foot animals such as cattle, deer, pigs, goats and sheep. It can be transboundary and can occur sporadically in any area currently free of the disease.

SPC Warns Farmers on Threat of Foot and Mouth Disease

The Pacific Community (SPC) is urging farming communities and travelers to help keep the region free of the animal health threat Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).
The two-story community hall 2020/2022 project comprised of six accommodation room upstairs, a big conference room for meetings and an office space. Ablution block (shower & toilet system rooms) located downstairs.

Susuka to Take Ownership of New Multipurpose ‘Community Hall’

Susuka Community in East Choiseul Constituency (ECC) will soon take ownership of a new massive ‘Community Hall’ funded by the government through the Constituency Development fund (CDF) in partnership with community support.
DFAT First Secretary Health Dr. Alex Stephens officially handover the lab machines to Health Minister Dr Culwick Togamana and looking on Lab Director, DFAT Counsellor Human Development Mr. Mika Kontiainen and NRH Medical Superintendent Dr Janella Solomons.

Australian Charity Group Donates State of the Art Blood Culture Machine to NRH Medical Lab

Health Minister Hon. Dr Culwick Togamana received a state of the art microbiology diagnostic machine from Dr Alex Stephens, First Secretary for Health, Australia High Commission in Honiara on behalf of the “Reach 4 Your Future Foundation,” an Australian Charity Group based in Melbourne.
Prior to the pandemic, the Solomon Islands was hosting some 28,000 international visitors annually with Australian traffic constituting around 45 per cent of the total.

Solomon Islands Drops Inbound COVID-19 PCR Requirement

Effective immediately, the Solomon Islands Government has announced incoming travelers to the Solomon Islands no longer require to undergo a PCR test for COVID-19 72 hours prior to arrival.
Recent data has shown that suicide is now the fourth leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds globally.

Take Care of Your Mental Health: Togamana

Speaking on the theme ‘Make Mental Health and Well-being for all, a Global Priority’ the Minister of Health Dr Culwick Togamana appealed to all Solomon Islanders to make mental health and well-being a priority for themselves, their families, work places and their communities in which they live for a better and happier living.
Solomon Islands delegation led by Hon. Harry Kuma  meet with Anthony McDonald (third from left), ADB Executive Director and his team.

Kuma Highlights Development Challenges in Solomon Islands During ADB Board of Governors Meeting in Manila

Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon. Harry Kuma returned on Monday, 10th October, after attending the 55th Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors Annual Meeting held at the ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines from 26 to 30 September 2022.
Several pictures uploaded on social media by patients at the NRH show that the Chinese donated medicines do in fact contain English labels, but the instruction leaflet is in Chinese.

Health Ministry Responds to Concerns Over Chinese Labelled Medical Supplies

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has responded to concerns raised by the public on social media over Chinese labelled medicines.
Private Lauren Dam deployed on Exercise Coastwatchers to support small boats familiarisation training with members of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

Australian Army Medic Plans to Bring Love of League to the Solomon Islands

If Army medic Private Lauren Dam gets another opportunity to deploy to Solomon Islands, she has promised to return with a rugby league ball.
“The demand for mental health services in the country cannot be better illustrated than what is becoming a regular scenario on the streets of Honiara and elsewhere in the country. Individuals who need these services are roaming aimlessly in our society as if nobody is there to care,” said Head of Mental Health Services Dr Paul Orotaloa.

Mental Health Services Neglected for Far Too Long

The country joined the global community to celebrate and commemorate World Mental Health Day on the 10th October in Honiara.
Eric was a passenger in the backseat of a car, on his way to have a meal at a friend's house when the accident occurred.

GoFundMe Campaign Set Up for Eric Vavaki

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for Eric Vavaki, a Solomon Islander who faces possible deportation from Australia after a vehicle accident in Toogoolawah, in the Somerset Region of south-east Queensland, resulted in the lower part of his body to be paralysed.
Chief Kunuku says the bridge timber slab has deteriorated so badly that nails are now exposed, and the actual iron frame full of rust creating fear and risk for the vehicles that carry heavy load while crossing the bridge.

Kesao Bridge in North West Guadalcanal Falling Apart

People in North West Guadalcanal are calling on responsible authorities to carry out urgent repair work on Kesao bridge, describing its current state as high risk for vehicles.
Mr Sherlock emphasized that it is incumbent on the media to quickly embrace and adapt to the changes in digital trend to continue to remain relevant through the dissemination of news and information to the masses.

Media Enhancing Digital Technology is Here to Stay: Sherlock

Whether we like it or not, media enhancing digital technology is here to stay and is vastly changing the media landscape the world over.
Director NTD Superintendent William Foufaka said police detained a good number of vehicles and many are now under investigation.

Traffic Officers Crack Down on Unlicensed Drivers and Vehicles

The issue of unlicensed drivers and vehicles continues to be a problem in Honiara, putting at risk pedestrians and other vehicles on the road.
Prior to taking up his new post, Vaisekavea was the Program Manager of the Rural Development Program for the past 14 years.

Vaisekavea Sworn in as PS for MAL

A new Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (NMAL) was sworn-in by the Governor General Sir David Vunagi at Government House yesterday.
Constituency Development Officer (CDO) Collin Bemama Qalokisa shake hands with Alphie Nelson, field Engineer from Fuzionnet Company Ltd after the successful installation.

Internet Service Goes Live in East Choiseul Constituency

The once isolated rural East Choiseul Constituency (ECC) is now connected to the outside world via the internet, thanks to Fuzionnet Company Ltd following the successfully installation of a new internet service at Kumanibae the Constituency’s Development Centre Tuesday this week.
Inspector Lyddiard said the visit with RSIPF to the new terminal has provided the opportunity to get a feel of the aviation security environment there. The provision of safe and secure movement of people and freight through the new terminal will be very important, particularly during the Pacific Games.

Police Visit New Honiara International Terminal

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and Australian Federal Police (AFP), who are part of the Solomons’ International Assistance Force (SIAF), recently visited the new international terminal at Honiara International Airport.
Police initial reports alleged the deceased left his home for market on Saturday and did not return - his body was discovered inside the well two days later.

Man Arrested After Allegedly Murdering and Hiding Dead Body in a Well

Police in Tulagi have arrested a 56-year-old male, suspected of murdering and hiding the body of the victim inside a well.
The Opposition Leader said meaningful and honest debate in the public domain is good for society and our democracies.

Role of Media Critical for a Healthy Democracy: Wale

The place and role of the media in our region is absolutely critical to ensuring that our democracies can keep growing more open and that our governments increasingly appreciate the need to be responsive to the electorate.