Economy Archive April 2023

There are many factors that contribute to the high rate of suicide in the Solomon Islands, including poverty, unemployment, social isolation, and a lack of access to mental health services. The country's geographical isolation and limited resources also make it difficult to provide adequate mental health care.

Mental Health Issues on the Rise in the Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands is facing significant mental health and suicide challenges.
The three water tanks that is currently supplying fresh water to the Verabariki Community.

After 40 Years Villagers Now Enjoy Direct Water Supply

After almost 40 years, Abilyn Chenisi and her fellow villagers living in Horohotu 2 (Verabariki) Central Guadalcanal, can now finally enjoy access from a reliable and fresh water supply at their homes, thanks to the Community Benefits Sharing Project (CBSP).
Solomon Airlines said the wet lease agreement was a further phase in an ongoing partnership co-operation with Air Vanuatu.

Direct Flights From New Zealand Excites Tourism Solomons

Tourism Solomons has welcomed Solomon Airlines and Air Vanuatu’s plans to commence operation of an Auckland-Port Vila-Honiara effective 05 June 2023 with CEO (Acting), Dagnal Dereveke saying the move will have significant ramifications for Kiwi tourism to the Solomon Islands.
Mr. Maeli is popular for his supply of Guava fruits and vegetables at the Honiara central markets. He has planted over 20,000 guava trees. Most people (resellers) usually buy guava fruits from his farm and resell them at markets in Honiara.

Local Farmer Eying Pacific Games

With just seven months remaining before the Pacific Game in Honiara, a local farmer in Northwest Guadalcanal is working hard to supply fresh fruits and vegetables for the thousands of athletes and visitors expected during the top sporting event.
Overall, the kava market in Europe and the USA is growing, but it is also facing regulatory and safety challenges.

Growing the Kava Market in the USA and Europe

Kava is a traditional beverage made from the root of the kava plant and is commonly consumed in Pacific Island countries such as Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga, and Samoa.
Air Vanuatu CEO, Mr Joseph Laloyer said the new international services would swiftly bring benefits for both nations, highlighting Vanuatu’s Tourism industry recovery and development as the country recovers from the trauma of recent events.

Solomon Airlines and Air Vanuatu Strengthen Partnership

Solomon Airlines has confirmed the next phase of partnership cooperation with our next-door neighbor Air Vanuatu, establishing a wet lease (ACMI) agreement as the carriers take an important step in improving synergies and efficiencies between their scheduled operations.
Many are calling on Our Telekom to reload data that were not used today because of the outage.

Our Telekom Data Network Down

The country’s leading telecommunications provider, Our Telekom, is currently going through an internet outage in Honiara.
Recently, Acting Deputy High Commissioner Kevin Playford and Counsellor Economic Cooperation Alison Purnell visited two Solomon Water project sites in Honiara, the newly upgraded Rove water source, and Kombito to see firsthand the progress that’s been made.

Solomon Water Improves Water Infrastructure with Support from Australia

Solomon Water is improving its water catchment and distribution infrastructure through AUD$ 4 million in funding from Australia.
Much needed health supplies flown in by Australia.

Much Needed Medicine Flown in by Australia

With the current drug and medicine shortage at the National Referral Hospital (NRH), Australia has again stepped in by flying in much-needed medicine.
Little Beverlyn with members of the specialist team after her surgery.

Solomon Airlines Assists Pikinini Heart Foundation in Life-Saving Treatments Overseas

Solomon Airlines has added its support to the important work of the The Pikinini Heart Foundation, a Solomon Islands NGO comprised of local doctors and other professionals, in collaboration with ROMAC (Rotary Club of Honiara) and the Health Ministry.
Single used plastic waste has become a critical issue in the Solomon Islands, with poor legal enforcement and other challenges.

Ban on Single Used Plastic in Progress

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment Climate Change Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM), Dr Melchior Mataki says a regulation to ban single used plastics in the country has already been approved by cabinet.
The Prime Minister highlighted that it is through the spirit of resilience that SINU continues to operate and giving hope for the future of our people and the country.

National University Celebrates 10 Years

Solomon Islands National University (SINU) yesterday celebrated its 10th anniversary, marking its tenth year since the then Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE) transitioned into the university it is today.
This year’s Forum has special significance as it seeks to further promote high level ‘opening up’, to advance market interaction, integrate our common industry and reinforce innovation and science in business and trade.

Fundamental Reforms Highlighted

Solomon Islands Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Maelanga has highlighted key structural reforms taken by the Solomon Islands Government to enable business development.
Work on the Gaunataea Rural Health Center, in Malaita province have been progressing well despite the logistics challenges.

Work in Progress for New Rural Health Centres

Delivery of health services to the Provinces, especially to rural and remote parts of the country has always been challenging given the distance amongst the islands associated with high transportation costs, irregular shipping services to name a few.
One year old Elizabeth James is amongst those to receive the life changing operation.

Children to Receive Life Saving Heart Surgery

A life changing opportunity provided to 13 Solomon Islands children have begun with the first eight having left for Fiji over the weekend and the remainder later this week.
Announced yesterday, the money - guided by the Tuia te Waka a Kiwa, New Zealand's international climate finance strategy - will go directly into the existing Solomon Islands Provincial Capacity Development Fund.

New Zealand Boosts Support for Climate Action

The New Zealand government has committed $15 million to support Solomon Islands provincial governments to strengthen climate resilience at the grassroots level.
This will be the first visit by any UK Foreign Secretary to the country making it a great opportunity for Solomon Islands to further explore and deepen the Solomon Islands-UK cooperation and to seek further bilateral assistance and support from the UK for its priority areas of development.

UK Foreign Secretary to Visit

The United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs will be visiting the Solomon Islands from the 19th- 20th April 2023.
Deputy Prime Minister and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, Hon. Carmel Sepuloni and Solomon Islands Governor General, Sir David Vunagi yesterday evening.

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Begins a Two Day Mission

The New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Carmel Sepuloni has begun her series of meetings after a successful one with the Solomon Islands Governor General upon her arrival yesterday.
The aim of the partnership between HCC, Australia and the private sector producers is to help manage Honiara’s green waste through collection of waste by fertiliser producers and to increase public-private collaboration recycling.

Central Market Green Waste to be Turned into Organic Fertiliser

Honiara Central Market (HCM) green waste is set to be turned into organic fertiliser under the Australia Solomon Islands Partnership, after Australia’s Strongim Bisnis program signed MOUs with Honiara City Council (HCC) and two private sector fertiliser producers.
The RAPPP Executive announced Roy as the recipient of its first ‘LEC of the Quarter’ Award in recognition of his valuable support to the AFP’s program in the country.

Local Contractor Acknowledged

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF)-Australian Federal Police (AFP) Policing Partnership Program (RAPPP) has continued to promote a community partnership with Solomon Islands people.
Solomon Islands plans to trial ten e-buses in the capital city, Honiara, with the aim of increasing the fleet over the next five years.

Solomon Islands Gears up for E-Bus Project

Together with the Commonwealth, the Solomon Islands is one step closer to making history with its first-ever fleet of electric buses, in line with the nation’s ambitious climate target of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

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