Latest News Archive August 2016

Hon. Milner Tozaka, MP, Minister of Foreign and External Trade and his counter-part, Hon. Murray McCully MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand sign the revised Joint Commitment for Development.

SI And NZ Signed Revised Joint Commitment for Development

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Milner Tozaka on Monday 29th August 2016 signed a revised Joint Commitment for Development with his New Zealand counter-part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Murray McCully in Wellington, New Zealand.

Solomon Islands U20s Hoping to Surprise

It will be a new-look Solomon Islands squad that arrives in Vanuatu for the Oceania Under 20 men's football championship.
US dog tags found in Solomon Islands.

Australian Network Highlights WWII Tourism in Solomon Islands

The SBS has highlighted the tourism potentials Solomon Islands have should it aggressively promote the World War II Battle on Guadalcanal.
LT CDR Kaio said that "Through patrolling these waters, we are helping to deter IUU fishing; this protects the livelihoods of Pacific Island communities and promotes sustainable fishing in the Pacific".

Australia, NZ support Solomon Islands Maritime Security

Australia and New Zealand are continuing to supporting maritime surveillance and security patrols in Vanuatu and Solomon Island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Man in Custody after Brutal Attack on Two Women

A man is in police custody after he attacked an elderly woman and her daughter over the weekend.
He says the ITSSI has a pivotal role in establishing standards as technological advances waits for no one.

Prime Minister Launches IT Society of Solomon Islands

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has launched the Information Technology Society of Solomon Islands (ITSSI).

SICCI Welcomes Removal of PCF

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) welcomes the removal of the Port Congestion Fees (PCF) by NYK Bulk & Project Carriers Limited.
“That will bring competition to the market and lower prices. The preparations to establish the company will start in the coming weeks,” Tilles said.

National Shipping for Solomon Islands

There are discussions underway to establish a national shipping company for the Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands government is in talks with Australia over future security arrangements after more than $2.6 billion was spent on maintaining the peace and rebuilding the Pacific island nation since 2003.

Plans to Re-arm Police Continues as RAMSI Exit Looms

As the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) plans its exit, government is again seriously exploring the possibility of re-arming the police force.
Participants at the recent IPSAS training in Gizo, Western Province.

MPGIS Concludes Seven Day IPSAS Training in Gizo

The Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS), with the technical support of Provincial Governance Strengthening Programme (PGSP), completed a one-week intensive training on International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS Cash Basis) for provincial officers of Western Province.
“Large-scale crop cultivation is seriously threatening the country’s plant life,” said Chen Ai-chen, deputy secretary-general of TaiwanICDF. “The book will help locals gain a greater awareness of the value of their flora.”

Solomon Islands Book on Plant Life Released by Taiwan ICDF

Taipei City-based International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) launched the book “Field Guide to the Plants of Solomon Islands” Aug. 23, highlighting the organization’s ongoing efforts to support scientific research and sustainable development in the Republic of China (Taiwan) diplomatic ally.
"This is the chance to see how other countries are doing it and see on how we can adapt it in Solomon Islands," Ms Tutua said.

Australia Supports Indigenous Solomon Islands Businesswoman to speak on World Stage

Leading Solomon Islands businesswoman Nanette Tutua will represent the nation this week at the World Indigenous Business Forum in Saskatoon, Canada.

Chief Magistrate for Solomon Islands Sworn in

Solomon Islands has a new Chief Magistrate, he is Mr John Numapo from Papua New Guinea. He will serve as Chief Magistrate initially for one year.
The Special Fiji 7s team Gold Medal celebration march is underway and thousands of people have joined the team for the walk to the ANZ Stadium from Flea Market.

Thousands Welcome Fiji 7s Olympic Gold Medallists

It is already a sea of blue at the ANZ Stadium and Suva Flea Market as thousands of people have turned up for the Special Fiji 7s team Gold Medal celebration.
The Ehmunah Virgin Coconut Oil Processing Project will provide the local community with a coconut mill and assist coconut growers in the region to sell their produce.

Australia Breaking Ground on Economic Growth in Malaita

Australia is providing new income generating opportunities to communities in North Malaita through the Direct Aid Program.

Opposition Seeks Clarification on New SOE

The Parliamentary Opposition Group has called on the Government to clarify its proposed plan to create a new State Owned Enterprise (SOE).
The new program will work with businesses over four years to provide tools to “recruit, retain, and promote women” throughout companies in the Solomon Islands – from the executive level to non-traditional roles.

Initiative Seeks Improved Economic Participation for Women

Last month, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Australian government launched a $2.3 million initiative to increase women’s economic participation in the Solomon Islands.
Minister of Finance and Treasury Hon. Snyder Rini stated that in re-prioritizing, this will ensure funds for services such as Health and Education will be safeguarded for the remainder of 2016.

Government to Reprioritize 2016 Budget

The current Solomon Islands Government will reprioritize the "Other Charges Expenditure" in the 2016 Budget to ensure there are sufficient funds for essential services such as health and education are protected in the remaining months of this year.

Minister Commends UNDP Water Project Report

The Minister of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) has welcomed a Climate Change, Water Adaptation report presented by the Solomon Islands Water Sector Adaptation Project (SIWSAP) early this week.
“Malaita’s greatest resource is its people and their work ethic. I am excited to see the new opportunities emerging for the Malaitan people now that Gwanaru’u Airport has reopened and the North Road rehabilitation project is nearing completion.”

Australian High Commissioner Visits Malaita

Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne travelled to Malaita last week to explore the opportunities and challenges for growth and development in the province, and visit some Australian-funded development projects in Auki, Malu’u and Talakali.
Sharon Firisua at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Firisua Beats National and Pacific Record

She may have finished a long way behind the leading group, but Solomon Islands' Sharon Firisua has never the less emerged from the qualifying round for the Olympic 5000-metres with a new national and Pacific record.
JICA Pledges Continuous Support to New International Wharf

JICA Pledges Continuous Support to New International Wharf

The Resident Representative of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Solomon Islands, Kyoji Mizutani has pledged continuous support to Solomon Islands as the country takes charge of a new International seaport facility funded by the Government of Japan.
Prime Minister Sogavare said there is a development angle to the role of traditional governance in the government system, especially when it comes to dealings in land for development.

Traditional Governance a Priority for Development

The Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) is taking a bold step towards designing a policy framework that will see traditional governance an integral part of the government system.
Officials from the Opposition with the Vura School principal and his deputy during the visit last week Friday.

Opposition Office Kicks off School Civic Program

The Parliamentary Opposition Group has kicked off its High School Civic Program.
British Solomon Islands 10 shillings Worth Thousands

British Solomon Islands 10 shillings Worth Thousands

If you have a British Solomon Islands 10 shillings lying around, it may be worth a lot of money – SBD$150,000 to be exact.

Coconut Farmers to Benefit from ANZ goMoney

An exciting project to connect mobile banking to the coconut industry was launched today by the Australian Government, Pacific Financial Inclusion Program (PFIP) and ANZ.
Mr Sogavare said dual citizenship would enable Solomon Islanders studying and working abroad to participate in national general elections.

Solomon Islands Considers Dual Citizenship

Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has revealed that the government is planning to introduce a dual citizenship bill for Solomon Islands early next year.

Respect Our People and Land: Andrew Te’e

Former IFM Commander Andrew Te’e has spoken out against unruly behaviour by youths from Temotu living in Lunga.

Report Reveals Worrying Trend amongst Youths in Solomon Islands

Over three-quarters of young people in the Solomon Islands reported that their use of alcohol had caused relationship or social problems in the previous year, and around 60 percent of both males and females agreed “there are times when a woman deserves to be beaten”, according to a new joint report by Save the Children and the Burnet Institute.
Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, being briefed by Mr Willie Horoto, at the National Medical Store.

Australia Continues Support in Health Services

Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Ferriavante-Wells, announced that Australia will continue its partnership with Solomon Islands to deliver better health services.

Supporting the Important Role of Non State Actors in Policy Development Across the Pacific

Non-State Actors (NSA) play a vital role in policy development and implementation across the Pacific region. Ensuring civil society and private sector organisations have the capacity to participate effectively is a priority for the Pacific Islands Forum.
Members of the RSIP Response team at training under the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.

SIG Refutes Permanent AFP Presence Perception

The Solomon Islands Government (SIG) Special Secretary for the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), Mr John Wasi has refuted perceptions that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) is planning to establish a permanent post in Solomon Islands in the post RAMSI period.
People from Oloburi village narrowly missed capturing what is believed to be a new species of giant rat.

Two New Mammals Close to Being Identified in Solomon Islands

Australian museum expedition to Solomon Islands believes it is just weeks away from describing two new species of mammals.

Minister for Tourism Underlines Commitment to Tourism

Solomon Islands Minister for Culture and Tourism, the Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo has capped off what represents the most high-ranking tourism mission ever to visit Australia with a key address to a group of senior travel industry management in Brisbane.
Prime Minister Sogavare and the visiting Australian Senator, Ferriavanti-Wells in Honiara.

Policing Key Agenda in Government Discussions

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh Sogavare yesterday met the visiting Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Ferriavante-Wells and further discussed the proposed Solomon Islands-Australia policing arrangement for the post RAMSI era.
Fiji Eyes Olympic Medal in Rugby

Fiji Eyes Olympic Medal in Rugby

Fiji will be hoping to make history by winning a first-ever Olympic medal in the men's rugby sevens that also features a powerful New Zealand team featuring code-swapping star Sonny Bill Williams.
The yellow-bibbed lory (Lorius chlorocercus) is a monotypic species of parrot in the Psittaculidae family and is endemic to the Solomon Islands.

Bird Watching as a Tourism Opportunity

Building on the success it has achieved positioning the Solomon Islands as a true mecca for bird watching enthusiasts in the key Australian and New Zealand markets, the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau is now taking the message to the United Kingdom.
Papua New Guinea’s High Commissioner to Fiji, H.E Ms. Lucy B. Bogari (L) presents her credentials to Dame Meg Taylor, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum.

New PNG High Comm Presents Credentials to PIFS

Papua New Guinea’s High Commissioner to Fiji, H.E Ms. Lucy B. Bogari, has presented her credentials as the Permanent Representative of the independent state of Papua New Guinea to the Pacific Island Forum.

Government Called to Clarify Proposed AFP presence

Solomon Islands Parliamentary Opposition Group has urged the Government to clear the air over claims Australian Federal Police (AFP) is intending to be permanently stationed in Solomon Islands.

Education Gets Paradigm Shift

Solomon Islands is facing a major paradigm shift in Education as the Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) encourages more Solomon Islanders to pursue Doctors of Philosophy degree and secure employment abroad.
Director of Tourism, Barney Sivoro; SIVB board chairman, Wilson Ne’e; SIVB marketing officer, Stella Lucas; MCT Permanent Secretary, Andrew Nihopara; Minster of Tourism, Bartholomew Parapolo; SI High Commission representative, Jenny Barile; SIVB CEO, Josefa Tuamoto, and Solomon Airlines regional manager Australla/NZ/Asia, Victor Sharan.

Australia Visit Brings Attention to Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Minister for Culture and Tourism, the Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo has personally led a senior team of government and tourism officials to meet with potential investors, travel media and travel industry representatives in Sydney and Brisbane this week.
Ribbon cutting by Gina De Pretto, First Secretary Health Australian High Commission, Dr Greg Jilini, Under Secretary Health Care, Ministry of Health and Medical Services and Alfred Dagi, Provincial Minister of Health, Temotu Province.

Temotu Opens Medical Store

The people of Temotu, Eastern Solomon Islands will have better access to essential medicines with the opening of the Second Level Medical Store at Lata this week.

Opposition Queries Government on RIPEL

The Solomon Islands Parliamentary Opposition Group is calling on the Government to inform the nation on the proposition to revive the Russel Islands Plantations Estate Limited (RIPEL).
As of May, Solomon Islands visitor figures showed a 12.8% increase.

Visitor Arrivals Show Increase

Solomon Islands' international visitor arrivals as of May have jumped again with official government figures released this week showing a close on a 13 percent increase over the same period in 2015.
Prime Minister Sogavare and Singapore’s Senior Minister of State, Hon Josephine Teo.

Sogavare Reaffirms Ties with Singapore

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and Singapore’s Senior Minister of State, Josephine Teo met in Singapore this week to reaffirm their governments’ commitment to the friendly ties between Solomon Islands and Singapore.