Latest News Archive July 2018

Investment Alliance Seeks to Counter China’s Pacific Influence

Investment Alliance Seeks to Counter China’s Pacific Influence

"Good investments stem from transparency, adhering to robust global standards, employing the local workforce, and avoiding unsustainable debt burdens."
"The government’s focus on anti-corruption and the passage of the Anti-Corruption bill is a positive step."

IMF Stands Ready to Support Reform Efforts

The IMF has commended the governments efforts to curb corrupt practices in the Solomon Islands.
Gulf province students displaying their culture at a cultural show of Caritas Technical Secondary School, Papua New Guinea's National Capital District.

POM Governor Urges End to Mistreatment of Women

The governor of Papua New Guinea's capital says the country must stop treating women like second-class citizens.
Growth is expected to be moderate at 2.9 percent in 2019, due to a slowdown in logging.

Decline in Growth Rates for 2019: IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stated that 2019 will see a decline in growth rates by 1% to 1.5%.

Tourism Solomons Creates Trust Fund for Lost Officers

Tourism Solomons in Solomon Islands, has established a trust fund for the families of senior marketing officers Chris Nemaia and Stella Lucas tragically lost in the Mataniko River on 19 April 2018.
All 23 team members returned to Australia feeling incredibly blessed to be able to experience Solomon Islands culture and to make so many wonderful connections with the people they met.

Batuna Adventist Church Receives Support

Students from Brisbane Adventist College (BAC) in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, recently completed the external restoration of the Adventist church in Batuna, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands Prepares for E-Commerce

Consumers and businesses in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu can look forward to a better connected and more prosperous future according to assessments made by UNCTAD of their readiness to benefit from electronic commerce.
“People talk about these islands being vulnerable, and along with that they tend to treat the human beings as vulnerable, too,” said Dr.Simon Albert, University of Queensland in Australia. “But in my view, they’re the opposite — they’re strong and resilient."

Rising Sea Level a Constant Threat

In Beniamia Islands, in the furthest Western region of the Solomon Islands, the first island David Tebaubau moved to 14 years ago has already disappeared, drowned by heaving currents and rising seas.
Although lot of Betlenut Vendors are locals, the owners are usually Chinese immigrants

A New Type of Battle for Guadalcanal

When Toata Molea looks to the sea and his fleet of fishing boats on the island of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands,he imagines the possibilities from a new connection to the outside world: a planned undersea internet cable to be built by Australia.
Mr. Yakasa told the PNG Post-Courier that he had served with great honour and might for the sake of PNG and the government, and thanked the PNG Government for appointing him to the position.

Yakasa Concludes Mission

Papua New Guinea’s High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Fred Yakasa, leaves the country on Friday as his term has expired.
The Tourism Solomons team, (from left to right) Mike Parker-Brown, Fiona Teama, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto and Richard Skewes.

Tourism Officer Appointed for Australian Portfolio

Tourism Solomons senior marketing information officer, Fiona Teama has been appointed to supervise all aspects of the Australian marketing portfolio from the national tourist office’s Honiara headquarters.
The Western Province Women’s Empowerment and Transformation Policy for Development is a blueprint for the strategies, projects and programmes the province can use to address obstacles that prevent women from nurturing their talents and fully participating as equal partners in provincial development.

Western Province Launches First Ever Women's Policy

The Western Provincial Government has affirmed its commitment to addressing gender and women’s issues with the launch of its first-ever women’s policy, an initiative supported by a UNDP and UNWomen Project.
Solomon Island's Prime Minsiter, Rick Houenipwela and Ministry of Health and Medical Service Permanent Secretary Dr. Tenneth Dalipanda at the Press Conference on Sunday.

Shortage of Medical Supplies Reaches Crisis Point

The Solomon Islands Government has been urged to declare a ‘State of Emergency’ at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
A stable supply of grid-based electricity has the potential to promote economic growth, including tourism industry development, and improve human capital, through better conditions for children to study, and reducing the burden of household work.

World Bank Approves New Energy Project

In Solomon Islands, 80% of the population reside in the rural areas and with electricity being unreliable and expensive only less than 20 percent of the population has access to electrical power.
One of the note’s more alluring features is a sea turtle that glows under ultra-violet light.

New $40 Note Includes Braille Features

A limited edition of 100,000 commemorative polymer $40 notes was issued by the Central Bank of Solomon Islands on 7th July to celebrate the nation’s 40th anniversary of independence.
"We spend billions of dollars a year in foreign aid, and this is a very practical way of investing in the future economic growth of our neighbors in the Pacific," says Australia's Prime Minister.

Undersea Cable Project Endorsed

The leaders of Australia, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea have marked the start of a project to lay an undersea internet cable between the three countries amid criticism from China that Australia is trying to contain its influence in the region.
Tourism Solomons new logo is an iconic dugout canoe in earthy tones that was officially launched by the Solomon Islands Prime Minister.

Visitors Bureau Rebranded

In what represents a “seismic shift" in direction for the Solomon Islands destination marketing, the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau has unveiled its new look ‘Solomon Is.’ branding.