Latest News Archive September 2019

Government Cuts Ties With Taiwan

Government Cuts Ties With Taiwan

After 36 years of diplomatic relations the government has voted in favour of a switch in recognition.
Caucus Votes in Favour of China

Caucus Votes in Favour of China

Caucus has voted in favour of switching allegiance to China. Of the 33 present 27 voted in favour and 6 abstained.
Forum Vital in Building Business Confidence: PM

Forum Vital in Building Business Confidence: PM

The Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum is essential in building confidence and trust between businesses in both Australia and Solomon Islands.
Switching to China is High Risk: CBSI

Switching to China is High Risk: CBSI

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has concluded that the country will not be able to absorb any additional borrowing from China should it decide to switch.
"As a patriotic Solomon Islander I am deeply concerned to see that the decision to switch now is dictated by China’s time table," Kenilorea said in a prepared statement.

No Need to Rush Decision to Switch: Kenilorea

Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr (FRC) says that he is disappointed that Prime Minister Sogavare and cabinet will be making a decision on the recommendation of the bi-partisan task force (BTF) to switch to People’s Republic of China (China) from Taiwan without waiting to get any inputs from the FRC.
Police Calls for Calm As Decision Day on Switch Nears

Police Calls for Calm As Decision Day on Switch Nears

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) appeals to all citizens of Solomon Islands to remain calm and respect law and order as the country awaits a decision by the Government on the future of diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Taiwan Says Taskforce Report Inacurate and Biased

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), says that the report of the bipartisan Task Force set up by the government of Solomon Islands is inaccurate and biased.
As an activity – and like much of the world – archery is very much a part of the people of the Solomon Islands as Traditional bows are still used for hunting and the bow and arrow has long been a cornerstone of food collection.

Archery in Schools Launched

The Solomon Islands will host the Pacific Games in 2023 and it’s a large responsibility for a national federation that only returned as a World Archery member federation two years ago in 2017.
Police Commissioner Varley at the decommissioning ceremony of the RSIPV LATA at the Maritime Aola Base in Honiara.

RSIPV LATA Decommissioned From Service

As the sun set over the Maritime Aola Base on the foreshores of the capital Honiara, the faithful lady, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Vessel 03 LATA ended its service to the Government and the people of Solomon Islands.
Leaked Documents Show No Commitment From China

Leaked Documents Show No Commitment From China

Leaked documents show that senior Chinese officials did not commit to any Aid assistance should Solomon Islands severe ties with long time ally Taiwan, the Solomon Star reports.
PNG Media Prepped to Tell “fish-story” Ahead of Seventh Pacific Tuna Forum

PNG Media Prepped to Tell “fish-story” Ahead of Seventh Pacific Tuna Forum

Media personnel in Papua New Guinea now have a better understanding of the significance and value of tuna fisheries after three days of a fisheries-related media workshop. The workshop was held from 9-11 September in Port Moresby and brought together around twenty journalists, from Divine Word University.
“As a coach, I have high hopes we will compete with the best Beach Soccer teams at the World Beach Games,” he said.

Bilikiki Coach Omokirio Hopeful

Bilikiki coach Gideon Omokirio hopes Solomon Islands will compete against the World’s best at the World Beach Games in Qatar next month.

Landslide in Gizo Kills Young Mother

A freak landslide in Gizo Western Province has killed a young mother, a teacher by profession.
President Tsai Ing-wen, right, talks with Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs Jeremiah Manele, left, at the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday.

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Meets With President of Taiwan

Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Jeremiah Manele has met with President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday.
Foriegn Minister Heads to Taiwan as China Diplomatic Battle Heats Up

Foriegn Minister Heads to Taiwan as China Diplomatic Battle Heats Up

The Solomon Islands' Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Jeremiah Manele has left for Taiwan on Sunday as sections in the government maul switching the country's diplomatic allegiance to China.

Opposition Office Critical of New Lands Board Appointments

The Office of the Leader of the Opposition has condemned and expressed concerns over the appointment of Silver Dunga and Fred Soaki to the Ministry’s Lands Board.
PRIME Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has acknowledge that political leadership is key to winning the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

PM Calls For Roadmap to Halt and Reverse NCDs

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has acknowledge that political leadership is key to winning the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

Police Warns Public About Erecting Roadblocks to Demand Cash

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) warns members of the public that erecting roadblocks to demand money as a token of appreciation for the work done is an offence.
Australia Supports Development of New Tourism Trails

Australia Supports Development of New Tourism Trails

The Australian Government initiative, Strongim Bisnis has worked with Solomon Islands’ tourism operators in Guadalcanal, Western and Central to develop new tourism trails.
FFA-managed plane doing a fly over during OPIC19.

FFA-led Surveillance Covers Area Larger Than Russia

The third Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency-led monitoring, control and surveillance operation for the year – Operation Island Chief 2019 (OPIC19) covered an area greater than the size of Russia, the biggest country in the world.
“Fiona is stepping up to fill a pair of very big boots but she is the right person for this role,” Mr Hapa said.

Tourism Solomons Announces New Marketing Manager

Tourism Solomons chairman, Chris Hapa has announced the appointment of senior marketing information officer, Fiona Teama to the role of marketing manager with immediate effect.
CITIES Listing of Bechdemer Will Affect Rural Communities

CITIES Listing of Bechdemer Will Affect Rural Communities

Solomon Islands is unhappy with the recent listing of three high value bechedemer, or sea cucumber species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species or CITES.
Crocodile Kills Elderly Man in Western Province

Crocodile Kills Elderly Man in Western Province

A man believed to be in his 70’s has died after being allegedly killed by a crocodile at Olive Village in the Roviana Lagoon, Western Province during the afternoon of 2 September 2019.
Taiwan Looking at Sending Taskforce to Solomon Islands

Taiwan Looking at Sending Taskforce to Solomon Islands

Taiwan might send a task force to the Solomon Islands to learn more about its need for aid, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday, amid renewed speculation about a potential switch in the Pacific ally’s diplomatic recognition to China.
Foreign Relations Committee Starts Inquiry into China - Taiwan Issue

Foreign Relations Committee Starts Inquiry into China - Taiwan Issue

The Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) started hearings into the China - Taiwan issue this morning.
15 Arrested on Fathers Day

15 Arrested on Fathers Day

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara City have arrested 15 people in connection with the Father’s Day celebrations during the weekend.
SICCI is represented by Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ms Atenasi Ata at the Conference.

SICCI Highlights Investment Potential in Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) highlighted what Solomon Islands as a country has to offer in terms of potential for business to invest during the 2019 Papua New Guinea Investment Conference.
Australian Defense Minister, Hon. Linda Reynolds meets PRT officers participating in the Exercise Coastwatchers 2019 at Taro.

RSIPF Officers Participate in Exercise Coastwatchers 2019

Officers from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Western and Choiseul provinces and the Police Response Team (PRT) joined staff from National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) and other Government Agencies (OGA) agencies in Taro for the commencement of the 2019 Coastwatchers Exercise on 28 August 2019.

17 YO Girl Investigated for Death of Infant

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) in Kirakira are investigating an alleged infanticide incident that occurred at a School in East Makira in the Makira-Ulawa Province on 20 August 2019.
Suspicions of Sorcery Leads to Burning of House

Suspicions of Sorcery Leads to Burning of House

A man and his family had to leave their village for their own safety after they were threatened by villagers, accusing the man of practising sorcery.
New Zealand Appoints New High Commissioner to Solomon Islands

New Zealand Appoints New High Commissioner to Solomon Islands

Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced the appointment of diplomat Georgina Roberts as New Zealands next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands.