Latest News Archive May 2015

“Education is the key to unlocking social and economic opportunities in the Pacific,” she said. “It is my view that New Zealand and Australia, as members of the Pacific Islands Forum, have particular responsibilities to support building the educational capacities of member nations.”

Reflections on Framework for Pacific Regionalism

Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, sent a strong message to Pacific leaders about the importance of taking ownership of the new Framework for Pacific Regionalism, at a seminar held at Victoria University of Wellington last week.

UPR Consultation Concluded

A national consultation meeting for the Solomon Islands Government Ministries on the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) write up has been concluded.

Preparations on Track for MSG Summit

Preparations for the upcoming 20th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders Summit in Honiara, Solomon Islands is well underway.

Cleaner Shorelines Aimed for Environment Day

A major beach clean up along the Honiara shoreline will kick off celebrations to mark this year’s World Environment Day in Solomon Islands.
Minister Tozaka expressed the Solomon Islands Government’s gratitude for the Australian Government’s continuing support through its development assistance programmes to Solomon Islands.

Tozaka Express Gratitude to Counterpart

Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs & External Trade Milner Tozaka has met with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop in Canberra during a two-day visit.

Fiji Society for Blind Launches Appeal

When you're blind, all you have to do is close your eyes. And there is nothing wrong with you, says Fiji Society for the Blind president Shaheen Asgar.
Six members of the group will travel to Belgium for the European Union Development Lab Days.

Theatre Group to Perform in Europe

Stages of Change was a two year project that took on 14 women from across Solomon Islands, most of whom had never acted before, and gave them skills to fight domestic violence through acting.
The quake hit at a depth of 19 kilometres), about 184 kilometres from Lata and 487 kilometres from the capital Honiara.

No Tsunami Warning After Strong Quake

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands this morning, but no tsunami warning was issued and no major damage was expected.
The Minister (c) highlighted key fundamental health challenges that Solomon Islands face in its national health system, which include the double burden of diseases for both communicable and non-communicable diseases and the impact of climate change on health and environment.

Tautai Addresses Health Assembly

The Solomon Islands Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Dr Kaitu’u Tautai Angikimua, has addressed the 68th World Health Assembly, with a theme ‘Building Resilient Health Systems’, which took place in Geneva from 18-26 May 2015.
Semo villagers in Fiji on the roadside waiting to meet the country's rugby champs.

Fans Brave Weather for Fijii Champs

Thousands braved the rain in Suva to see the Vodafone Fiji 7s heroes march through Suva City yesterday afternoon.
Japanese Ambassador Kenichi Kimiya, Hon. Douglas Ete and Mr. William Soaki at the VIP Lounge prior todeparture.

Ete Attends Palm7 Summit

The Solomon Islands Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Douglas Ete is attending the Seventh Pacific Islands Leaders’ Summit (PALM7 Summit) in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan from May 22 - 23 .
The compendium of 10 case studies on peacebuilding and dialogue practices throughout the Pacific region, which were developed from on-t he-ground experiences of local peacebuilders was captured by UNDP’s Strengthening Capacities for Peace and Development in the Pacific (CPAD) project.

Pacific-Focused Peacebuilding Resources Launched

A collection of peacebuilding resources based on experiences from the Pacific was launched today in Suva, contributing to the growing body of documentation of peacebuilding practices in the Pacific region.
Mrs Ethel Sigimanu, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Women, Youth and Children Affairs is one of the returning candidate.

Permanent Secretaries Appointed

The Solomon Islands Government has announced the names of nine Permanent Secretaries who have been appointed recently by the Public Service Commission, following consultations with the Prime Minister, on May 6th pursuant to section 128(1) of the Constitution.

Government Approves Bauxite Export

The Government this week has announced a Cabinet approval to allow a limited shipment of stockpiled bauxite extracted from a pit on Rennell Island operated by PT Mega Bingtang Borneo Company.
Under the new Ports charges, ships berthing at the Point Cruz are now charged at Gross Cargo Tonnages and not according to their lengths.

Government Approves New Ports Charges

The Solomon Islands Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon. Snyder Rini has approved a new levy of rates and dues for the Solomon Islands Ports Authority.

FAO to Establish Representative

The Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Hon. Augustine Auga Maeue and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director General, Jose’ Graziano da Silva have signed an agreement to establish FAO representation for the Solomon Islands.

Government Attends World Education Forum

A Government delegation led by the Minister of Education, Honourable Dr. Derek Sikua is attending the World Education Forum (WEF) 2015 in Incheon, the Republic of Korea this week (from the 19 – 22 May 2015) at the invitation of the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Hon. Maneka who was sworn in yesterday is now the new Minister of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP).

Reshuffled Ministers Sworn In

The two cabinet ministers who swapped portfolios in a minor reshuffle exercise by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last week were sworn-in at Government House yesterday.

Sogavare Urges Landowners to Avail Land

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the availability of more lands and environment allows for tourism exploration to develop Solomon Islands.
“Our collective effort to develop this very sustainable sector is crucial and the new national tourism strategy manifests the cooperation we all must promote to realise our economic goals,”

Culture Highlighted as Unique Tourism Product

The Solomon Islands Minister for Culture and Tourism Bartholomew Parapolo says the country’s diverse and unique cultures is an important tourist attraction that must be harnessed in the country’s development agenda.
Hon David Day Pacha, will be taking up the Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification port folio.

Government Makes Minor Reshuffle

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare last week announced a minor reshuffle of his cabinet Ministers.
Water tanks to St. Joseph's Tenaru school are one of the many examples of Australia's Direct Aid Program.

Solomons Remain Priority in Australian Budget

Solomon Islands will remain the third largest recipient of Australian aid globally according to the Australian Government 2015-16 Budget, delivered this week.

Solomons Prepare for MSG Summit

Solomon Islands is beginning preparations for the upcoming 20th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Leaders’ Summit in June this year.

Bauxite Company Given Notice

A second Bauxite Mining company operating on Rennell Island in Solomon Islands was given a 14 days’ notice to respond to the government or face cancellation of its mining lease for failure to meet conditions.
Collecting empty Bomb Shells on Guadalcanal. Thousands of UXO’s littered parts of Solomon Islands after WWII.

Fresh Look at WW2 Legacy

Today, the Solomon Islands National Museum is hosting an exhibition of 'World War 2 bombs in the Solomon Islands' at the National Art Gallery in Honiara starting on May 14.

Solomons Keen for Stronger Ties with Georgia

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare is keen to establish a stronger relationship with the Republic of Georgia.

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