Economy Archive July 2022

RAPPP Acting Commander, Heath Davies said this is the first six vehicles RAPPP handed to the RSIPF from a total of 22 vehicles to be handed in the coming months.

AFP Supports RSIPF With Six New Patrol Vehicles

Acting Commander of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF)-Australian Federal Police (AFP) Policing Partnership Program (RAPPP), Heath Davies, handed over six new vehicles to the RSIPF to support its frontline policing operations.
He says there are people on the dark web that offer counterfeiting service, for Euro the US dollar almost any money in the World. He says these counterfeit bills are of exceptional quality.

Counterfeit Money is Easy, Says Print Specialist

Counterfeiting the Solomon Islands dollar is easy, says a print specialist in Honiara.
The expanded schedule across international and domestic operations includes more international flights, and streamlined connections between international gateways and popular tourism destinations.

Solomon Airlines Announces Major Schedule Expansion to Support Tourism Recovery

Following the reopening of Solomon Islands international border, Solomon Airlines has announced a major schedule expansion effective from October 2022.
This initiative is part of a larger effort by the Health Ministry to promote healthy living and lifestyle, placing focus and attention on the prevention front.

Guadalcanal Conducts Health Promotion Trainings in Schools

Around ten schools in Guadalcanal have received health trainings over the past two weeks, the Health Ministry says.
The theories ranged from an undersea volcano erupting, a UFO, and the most popular theory of all: another dimension called “The Upside Down” from the Netflix TV show “Stranger Things.”

Mysterious Red Glow Over Pacific Ocean

A mysterious red glow above the Pacific Ocean has internet sleuths fishing for answers.
Early symptoms of monkeypox will be followed by a rash of fluid-filled blisters in one to three days.

WHO: Over 18,000 Cases of Monkeypox Reported Globally

The World Health Organization says more than 18,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported globally from 78 countries, mainly in Europe.
Reports reaching CBSI indicate that residents, especially local businesses have been receiving fake banknotes of the latest print (or issue) in the denominations of $100, $50 and $20 notes.

Counterfeiting Banknotes on the Rise

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) is urging the public to be on high alert and to lookout for fake banknotes following reports of high number of counterfeited banknotes being intercepted by Honiara residents.
The awareness presentation provided by the FMIS project team enabled officers to learn how the SIG’s new payment system operates and at the same time better their knowledge in preparation ahead of the series of hands-on training that will be facilitated by MoFT FMIS project team in the coming days.

MRD Finance Officers Receive Awareness on New SIG Payment System

Finance and Accounts officers of the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) went through an awareness session facilitated by the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) project team on the government new Financial Management Information System (FMIS), Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365).
On a daily basis, huge number of people congregate in and around the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, labor, and Immigration (MCILI) compound.

Growing Demand for Passport Lead to Over Crowding at Immigration Office

As Solomon Islands continue to send increasing numbers of Seasonal workers to Australia and New Zealand through the Labour Mobility Unit (LMU) program, the demand for passport has also tremendously grown since the end of the year 2021.
The World Bank Country Director, Mr. Stephen Ndegwa and Prime Minister Sogavare discussed World bank IDA20 priorities and World Bank’s commitment to the Tina River Hydropower Development Project.

World Bank Country Director Pays Courtesy Call to Prime Minister

Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands World Bank Country Director, Mr. Stephen Ndegwa has paid a courtesy call to the Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare.
Support of SBD2.1 million to March 2023 has been provided under the Australia Solomon Islands Partnership for Justice (ASIPJ) on behalf of the government of Australia and managed by Deloitte and Adam Smith International.

Australia Supports Access to Justice in the Provinces

Australia will continue to support access to justice in the provinces including mechanisms to resolve disputes and manage grievances through the Community Governance and Grievance Management Project (CGGM) run by the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS).
Dr Jilini emphasized nurses are at the heart of health teams, playing crucial roles in health promotion, disease prevention and restoring health.

81 Nurses Graduate From SINU and Atoifi College

More graduate nurses commenced their 2022 Nurses Supervised Practice Program, this week.
Australia remains committed in supporting Solomon Islands achieve its labour mobility targets of 5,500 workers by 2023 and 10,000 by 2025.

144 Solomon Islanders Deployed to Australia Under PLS

144 more Solomon Islanders are getting ready to be deployed to work in the meat industry in various locations in Western Australia, under the longer-term Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS).
The new Roadmap provides the technical pathway and implementation framework to reach 100% renewable energy by 2030 and would involve a major reform in the energy sector to create an enabling environment for participation of independent power producers (IPPs) to achieve the target.

Renewable Energy Roadmap Launched

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has launched the Solomon Islands Renewable Energy Roadmap – announcing major reforms in the energy sector in the areas of policy, legislation, regulation, institutional, financial and management arrangements.
Ms. Regatule served the Solomon Islands Government for a total of 40yrs since 1979. Female

Female Appointed as Commissioner to Leadership Code Commission

A retired long-time female civil servant was appointed as one of the Commissioners to the Leadership Code Commission (LCC).
Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau with Inspector Gary Power of the FRNSW who delivered the firefighting equipment to the RSIPF Fire and Rescue Service.

AFP Deliver Firefighting Equipment to RSIPF’s Fire & Rescue

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF)’s Fire and Rescue Service has received new firefighting equipment from the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
The 9 Guadalcanal Provincial School teachers and the High-Performance Talent Pathways department staff.

Guadalcanal Schools Confirm for Talent Identification

The Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport (SINIS) has reached a partnership with the Guadalcanal Provincial education authority to roll out the High-Performance Talent Identification program.
The highly contagious Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 are said to be responsible for the surge in new COVID-19 cases globally.

Solomon Islands at High Risk of Importing Omicron Sub-Variants

As Solomon Islands opens up to the world, and in so doing dropping all mandatory quarantine requirements on arrival, variants of the highly contagious Omicron are infecting the populations of neighboring Fiji and Australia.
20 shipping containers containing medical supplies are at the wharf awaiting completion of clearance before transferring to the National Medical Store.

Hospital Stocking up on Medical Supplies

The National Referral Hospital (NRH) have now stocked up on medication and inhaler devices that were initially in low supply.
Dr Mae assured the people of Solomon Islands that despite the difficulties the country is going through, the Ministry of Justice and legal Affairs will remain committed to making sure our courts system have the infrastructure required for the disposal of our justice services to the Solomon Islands public.

Honiara Magistrate Court Opens New Semi–Permanent Court House

The Opening of the new Semi–Permanent Court House at the Honiara Magistrates Court is an achievement for the Magistrate Courts in meeting the demand for access to justice under the National Judiciary and the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs as a whole.
Tour programs, in the main running from 07 – 12 August, have been designed to incorporate many of the key battle sites in and around Honiara and will also include a visit to Tulagi’s famous Blue Beach and Tokyo Bay in the Florida Islands

Guadalcanal 80th Anniversary Catalyst for Solomon Islands Tourism Recovery

Hot on the heels of its official border reopening, the Solomon Islands tourism industry is back in business in a major way, preparing to welcome international tourists attending the 80th anniversary of the Guadalcanal campaign.
“A head count was conducted and revealed that 27 passengers were missing and only six dead bodies were found during the tragic incident.”

Police Charge Captain of MV Taimareho 1 with 27 Counts of Manslaughter

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the National Investigation Department (NCID) have charged the captain of MV Taimareho 1 with 27 counts of Manslaughter on 13 July 2022.
The Hon. Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr. Culwick Togamana and Ambassador of Japan to Solomon Islands, H.E. MIWA Yoshiaki at the official handover.

Japan and UNICEF Deliver 14 Speed Boats to Boost Health Services in Solomon Islands

This week, the Government of Japan, in partnership with UNICEF, officially handed over 14-speed boats to the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services to support the Ministry in its efforts to accelerate health services, especially in the most remote areas.
An ariel view of the campsite at the Tina Hydro construction area.

First In-Country Mission for Tina Hydro Financiers After COVID-19

A delegation of lenders flew into Honiara last week, marking the first face to face supervised Lenders mission for the Tina River Hydropower Development Project since prior to COVID-19 and the closing of international borders.
The Ministry says that any persons with flu-like illness need to get tested at the nearest health clinic. Should tests return positive they are to self-isolate at home for at least 7 days.

Health Detects Positive COVID-19 Cases from International Arrivals

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has detected a number of COVID-19 positive test results from recent international arrivals.
Some examples of the abandoned unexploded ordinances left over from World War Two.

Police to Conduct Live Demolition of Bombs

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team will conduct a live demolition of bombs at Hells Point, in the Alligator Creek area East of Honiara today.
Acting Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga signed the condolence book in honor of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Embassy of Japan in the absence of Prime Minister Sogavare.

Sogavare Conveys Condolences on the Passing of the Former Japanese Prime Minister

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare formally conveys heartfelt and sincere condolences to the Government and People of Japan for the untimely passing of the former Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency the Hon. Shinzo Abe.
Commissioner Mangau and Deputy Commissioner SIAF Davies, reinforced the message that the team is prepared for the operation, and reiterated that areas to the east and west of Honiara will have high visibility patrols by RSIPF and SIAF.

Police Prepare for Upcoming Parliament Sitting

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and the Solomons International Assistance Force (SIAF) are gearing up for parliament sitting next week.
CBSI Warns Public on Latest Email Scam

CBSI Warns Public on Latest Email Scam

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) is warning the general public to avoid the latest form of email scam detected only last week.
The Pacific Maritime Boundaries Programme supports Pacific Island  Countries and Territories to secure the rights and responsibilities over their ocean space, in accordance with the UN Convention of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Fiji and Solomon Islands Sign Maritime Boundary Agreement

The Governments of Fiji and the Solomon Islands have signed an agreement on their shared maritime boundary, marking the first boundary treaty to be signed in the Pacific region in 6 years.
Radio communications team leader Major Josh Fordham said, “Once completed, this project will deliver radio communications to every province in Solomon Islands and enable a more coordinated response in a natural disaster or security incident.”

Australia Boosts Border Outposts with Two-Way Radio

A group of 12 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have been in Solomon Islands to progress work on the Western and Eastern Border Outposts and the Solomon Islands Police and Emergency Radio Network (SIPERN).
The handover was made by Counsellor for Human Development at the Australian High Commission in Solomon Islands, Mika Kontiainen to the SIAVRTC Director, Billy Mae, and witnessed by a member of the SIAVRTC Board and Education Secretary for Catholic Education, Modesta Hasiau.

Australia Provides New Vehicle to Solomon Islands Association of Vocational Rural Training Centres

Australia has provided a new vehicle to the Solomon Islands Association of Vocational Rural Training Centres (SIAVRTC) to support its service delivery to national training providers.
“It can't just be the deaf children who learn sign language, but the communities, so the ultimate outcome is to give those deaf children an opportunity to be active members, which is what people need for good mental health, prosperity and productivity,” said Australian Catholic University’s Associate Professor Mellita Jones.

New Project to Send Sign Language Teachers into Remote Villages of Solomon Islands

Sign language could soon become the common language for people in remote communities of Solomon Islands as a new project aims to increase the number of signers in the Pacific nation.
(L – R) Mr. Michael Ho’ota DS Technical, MAL; Mr Martin Jaiki, Director Supervising Research, MAL; Dr Gregory Jilini, Deputy Secretary Health Care and Supervising PS, MHMS and Dr Yogesh Choudhri, Senior Health Advisor receiving the items last week.

Indian Government Appreciated for Donation of Medicines and Seeds

Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock utters its great appreciation to the government of India for providing over 2 million worth of medication and agricultural seeds.
The Ministry of Health mission team and Wagina nurse, Ms. Beverly Sai.

MHMS Addressing Lack of Medical Service in Wagina

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has taken concrete steps to establish an improved health facility in Wagina, a Gilbertese settlement in South Choiseul.
The MR vaccines first does is usually given to children at 12 months (or 1 year) of age and second dose at 18 months (1 year 6 months).

Measles Health Alert Issued

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is issuing a measles health alert for the Solomon Islands following outbreak of measles in Fiji and new cases being reported in many parts of the World.
This year's Independence theme is “Iumi Tugeda for a Stronger and Peaceful Solomon Islands” and will be kept low key.

Low Key Celebrations for 44th Anniversary

The Solomon Islands Government will celebrate the 44th Independence Anniversary this year with a thanksgiving church service as part of the low key celebrations.
An Employment Court case brought by migrant seasonal workers Lyn Soapi (left), Danny Lau and Mary Lau could benefit all RSE workers and other minimum wage earners.

Seasonal Workers take Employer to Court

A group of Solomon Islanders in New Zealand for seasonal work are taking an employer to court over hours worked and deductions to their wages for things like wet weather gear and travel costs.
“We are a nation of islands. The ocean defines who we are as people and nation. It is a key pillar of our development and the foundation of our future..."

Communities First For Ocean Governance

The Solomon Islands have worked to ensure communities are on the frontlines of ocean governance by taking great strides toward Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water.