Economy Archive December 2022

This project is part of President Biden’s announcement at the United States-Pacific Island Country Summit, where UXO priorities were one of nine U.S. commitments to implement the Declaration on U.S.-Pacific Partnership.

US Funds USD$1M UXO Clean Up in Solomon Islands

On December 21, 2022, the Department of State provided $1 million to The HALO Trust (HALO) to launch a comprehensive unexploded ordnance (UXO) project in Solomon Islands beginning January 1, 2023.
The agreements were signed at ADB Headquarters in Manila by ADB Executive Director Anthony McDonald, on behalf of the Government of Solomon Islands, and ADB Director General for the Pacific Leah Gutierrez .

ADB, Solomon Islands Sign USD$10 Million Loan and Grant to Boost COVID-19 Recovery

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Solomon Islands today signed concessional loan and grant agreements amounting to $10 million to help the recovery from COVID-19.
The Central Islands Provincial Government has pledged support to the Solomon Islands Independent Commission Against Corruption (SIICAC), in its mandatory
responsibility to fight against corruption in our society.

UNDP, SIICAC and Anticorruption Secretariat Reach Out to Communities

The UN Development Programme, Solomon Islands Independent Commission Against Corruption (SIICAC) and the Anticorruption Secretariat complete a one-week community outreach programme in Central province.
The Arnon Atomea ablution block Project Coordinator, Mr. Lensley Kwaimani and Australian High Commission's 2nd Secretary Political, Mr. John Russell during the handover ceremony.

Australia's Direct Aid Program Visits Beneficiaries

Last week a delegation from the Australian High Commission, Solomon Islands, visited the Malaita Province to handover and evaluate a combined total of eight community projects collectively worth SBD 1.3 million.
The project seeks to assist the Solomon Islands in ensuring a sustainable forestry and environment sector that adheres to existing laws and regulations.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Conducts a Project Planning Workshop With Solomon Islands Government and NGO

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (USFS) is announcing that it successfully concluded a four day project planning workshop with the Solomon Islands Government and Non-Government entities.
The main portion of the funding of AUD$17 million (SBD$93,744,835) is to assist with the refurbishment of school dormitories, which will be used for athlete accommodation during the Games.

Australia Formalize 2023 Pacific Games Assistance to Solomon Islands

Acting Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands Sally Anne Vincent has signed a formal agreement for direct funding to the 2023 Pacific Games from the Australian Government.
PPC Kili says: “The deceased spent last weekend with his relatives at Kilusakwalo Village to watch the World Cup 2022. He was last seen at Kilusakwalo on the evening on 3 December 2022.”

Police Remove Body Found Under Fiu Bridge in Malaita

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at Auki in Malaita Province have removed a dead body found underneath Fiu Bridge in Central Kwara’ae this morning.
Police with the confiscated kwaso items used for the production of the illegal homebrew.

Police Raid Homebrew Production House in Tasahe

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Central Police Station have confiscated kwaso (homebrew) production during a raid at Tasahe B area last week.
Teachers completed training to use the science teaching tools in the classroom. Catalpa’s Juliet Horihau presents Newton Banisi with a completion certificate.

New Program Inspires Solomon Islands Future Scientists

Skills training is at the heart of a new programme designed to support teachers and bring science learning to life for Solomon Islands’ school children.
Delivering the keynote address, Health Minister Hon. Dr Culwick Togamana explained that the National Disability Inclusiveness Development Policy 2022 -2031 embraces the vision that Solomon Islands is a society that upholds people with Disability as equal and equal participants in the development of the country.

Government Launches National Disability Development Policy 2022 -2031

Following Endorsement by the Cabinet, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and its partners including disability groups, successfully launched the Solomon Islands National Disability Development Policy 2022 -2031 and the Rehabilitation Strategic Plan 2022 -2031, in Honiara, on Friday 2nd of December 2022.
Chief Secretary of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Shadrach Himata (Centre) exchanging notes with the Director of External Trade in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, George Tuti. Witnessing the occasion is Papua New Guinea’s High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Moses Kaul.

Moves to Boost Trade and Investment Opportunities at Solomon Islands, PNG Border

Trade and investment will soon be the focus of interaction between Solomon Islands and the Autonomous region of Bougainville, along the Papua New Guinea-Solomon Islands common border.
Australian Army engineers, Lieutenant Colonel Gavin Cooper and Captain Luke Staples inspect the National Referral Hospital in Honiara for damage.

Rapid Response from Australia to Assess Impact of Earthquake in Solomon Islands

Army engineers from Australia and an Air Force C27-J air crew responded rapidly to the Solomon Islands earthquake recently, conducting damage assessments on key infrastructure in Honiara and reconnaissance of the affected shoreline in south-west Guadalcanal.
The figures released by the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO), show a total of 2481 international visitors travelled to the destination between 01 July and 30 September 2022 - a far better statistics than anticipated.

Lelebet by Lelebet – Solomon Islands Tourism Slowly Returns

Just three months after the Solomon Islands reopened its border on 01 July after an 800-day lockdown, official visitor arrival (VA) numbers for Q3 2022 show the destination has got off to a far better than expected result.