Latest News Archive February 2020

One hundred and six Solomon Islanders, including 63 women, graduated with internationally recognised qualifications and awards in 17 technical and vocational programs.

106 APTC Graduates in Solomon Islands Hailed as Role Models for TVET

The latest cohort of Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) graduates in the Solomon Islands has been hailed as role models of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (PNG) James Marape on arrival in Honiara this afternoon.

Red Carpet Welcome for PNG Prime Minister in Honiara

PNG Prime Minister, James Marape, was treated to a red-carpet welcome in Honiara on arrival today afternoon. Marape is in Solomon Islands on an official state visit.
Health experts fear the COVID-19 Coronavirus is on the verge of spreading across the world.

New Travel Advisory Expands Ban on Passengers Travelling to Solomon Islands

Tourism Solomons has advised all passengers entering the Solomons Islands via air and sea ports and other points of entry to adhere to new travel ban measures related to the COVID-19 coronavirus issued by the Ministry of Health.
The EU imported 9,000 metric tons of tuna from the Solomon Islands last year, an EU spokeswoman confirmed to Undercurrent.

New Trade Agreement Allows Solomon Islands to Export Duty-Free Tuna to EU

The EU has decided to include the Solomon Islands in its trade agreement with the Pacific states, which will allow tuna caught there to be exported to EU markets without duties.
Minister of Finance and Treasury Hon. Harry Kuma.

Ministry of Finance Explains USD$100 Billion Loan Proposal

The Ministry of Finance and Treasury today issued a statement rejecting media reports in relation to the US$100 billion financing introduced by the promoter of the financing proposal Mr. Terry Wong.
Solomon Airlines is planning a VIP welcome function at Henderson International Airport at Honiara.

Solomon Airlines Prepares for New Airbus A320

Solomon Airlines has released the first image of the airline’s shiny new Airbus A320 aircraft H4-SIB, which was painted in Townsville, Australia over the weekend.
The Australian High Commission office in Honiara.

AHC Warns Public of Scam

The Australian High Commission (AHC) Office in Honiara is warning the public that scammers are trying to mislead the public using its popular Direct Aid Program (DAP).
Police Arrest 20 YO Over Death of Infant

Police Arrest 20 YO Over Death of Infant

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at Henderson Police Station have arrested a 20 year-old girl on 25 February 2020 following the discovery of the dead body of an infant baby buried in the Henderson Plantation area.
One Link Pacifica fits the classic "pyramid" scheme, where participants attempt to make money solely by recruiting new participants.

HCC Says One Link Pacifica Operating Illegally

The Honiara City Council (HCC) has issued a notice to One Link Pacifica, saying it has been operating without a Business License in the City and therefore illegal.
After my visit to the Sols, I'm a firm believer that its popularity will only grow. The combination of world class bluewater and sweetwater fishing is a winning formula. Add to this an incredibly accommodating culture, rich history and an idyllic tropical atmosphere - guaranteed to offer-up something for everyone!

Fishing in the Solomon Islands

Fishing World's Patrick Linehan writes about some of the exciting fishing he experienced in the Solomon Islands during a recent visit. Fishing World is Australia's leading sport fishing media brand.
The SINSO data shows for the four-month period following the initial campaign burst (August to December) Australian visitation increased by 7.4 per cent, 17.5 per cent, 3.5 per cent and 6.51 per cent, respectively.

Solomon Islands Inaugural Australian Ad Campaign Yields Positive Dividend

A first-ever Solomon Islands tourism industry TV/digital campaign targeting south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales has yielded a positive dividend for the South Pacific destination with a marked increase in Australian visitor arrivals.
Female officers currently make up 24 percent of the entire workforce of the RSIPF.

Police Advancing the Role of Women in Policing

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has been a male dominated organisation since it was established in 1954, but efforts are now in place to change this around with the endorsement of the Gender Strategy 2019 – 2021.
“It seems increasingly likely that February will prove to be an economic write-off for China,” said the commodities consultancy Wood Mackenzie in a recent assessment.

Economic Impacts of COVID 19 Coronavirus Begins to Spread

Experts say that while the health impacts of the COVID-19 is certainly worrying, the economic impact must be considered with appropriate measures put in place.
Peter Kenilorea Jr, a Solomon Islands opposition member of parliament who used to head up the country’s foreign affairs department, said the idea of the loan is a fantasy.

USD$100 Billion "Loan" Offer from Chinese Businessman

A Chinese businessman has floated a USD$100 billion loan offer to the tiny Pacific island nation of Solomon Islands, a report said.
India to Build Centre of Excellence in IT at SINU

India to Build Centre of Excellence in IT at SINU

The Indian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands H.E Vijai Kumar and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Jeremiah Manele signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday 17, February 2020 to establish a centre of excellence for Information and communications technology (ICT) at SINU.
Of specific focus at this meeting was the traffic congestions experienced in Honiara. It is believed that the Road Transport Board (RTB) is the right body to address some of the traffic issues Honiara City is currently facing.

SICCI, RSIPF Hosts First Executive Group Meeting for 2020

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) remain committed to build on the mutual relationship established under the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2018.
Petition Against MP Sofu Dismissed

Petition Against MP Sofu Dismissed

The Chief Justice of Solomon Islands Sir Albert Palmer has dismissed the petition case lodged against East Kwaio MP Stanley Festus Sofu.
TSI made the statement after the MP for Gizo Kolombangara defended her decision to award a scholarship to her husband under the MP’s scholarship scheme.

TSI Calls for Reform of Electoral System

Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) calls for urgent reform to the electoral system to reduce the influence of political financing/monetization of National General Election giving both men and women who do not have access to funding a fair go.
The manhunt for the three prisoners started soon after the tree escaped from the Rove Correctional Facility on Sunday 15th December 2019.

Police Recapture Prisoners

The Police Response Team (PRT) of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) has recaptured prison escapees Frank Firimolea and Dilo Faiga at the main entry junction road to Burns Creek market between 11 and 11:45am on 15 February 2020.
Players scramble for the ball during the Lae City vs Henderson Eels clash in Group B of the OFC Champions League in Luganville on Saturday.

Henderson Eels Fights Hard in 3-3 Encounter with Lae City

Lae City and Henderson delivered an OFC Champions League classic with a high-scoring draw at a white-hot Luganville Soccer City Stadium.
This would enable the App to be supported by churches with resources for children’s groups and material for families to use together.

Scripture Union Signs Bible App Partnership with Solomon Islands and Other Countries

The Scripture Union (SU) has developed a bible-based game that has been downloaded and used by over 200 million users in 180 countries.
Mr Vokia unseated his runner up Dr Derek Sikua 1,835 to 1629 votes, during last year’s election, a major upset in last years elections.

First Time MP Vokia Lose Seat in Petition

Jamie Vokia, a first-time MP and also a member of the ruling government, has lost his Northeast Guadalcanal seat in Parliament following a successful petition lodged by the former MP Dr Derek Sikua.
The Japanese Ambassador also briefed the Prime Minister on Japan’s programs under the technical sector and grant aid funding.

Japanese Envoy Reaffirms Commitment in Infrastructure Support to Solomon Islands

Japan’s Ambassador to Solomon Islands H.E Shigeru Toyama has reaffirmed Japan’s support in infrastructure development when he met Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Friday.
Central Honiara MP Lose Seat in Petition

Central Honiara MP Lose Seat in Petition

Central Honiara MP John Moffat Fugui has lost his seat after the petition lodged against him was successful.
SICCI ICT Strategy Analyst, Moses Tadokata delivering his presentation on the Fibre Optic Cable, opportunities and associated risks to members of the business community during the information session hosted by SICCI.

SICCI Holds Information Session on New Fibre Optic Cable

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) on Wednesday 12th February 2020 hosted an Information Session on the Fibre Optic Cable for its members of the business community.
The head of the ANU observer team, James Batley, said most of the voters interviewed were clear about expecting direct benefits from their elected representatives.

Cross Border Registration and Vote Buying Still an Issue: ANU

The recent National General Elections was relatively peaceful, with most independent observers stating it was free and fair.
Solomon Water Introduce CashWater Top Up

Solomon Water Introduce CashWater Top Up

Solomon Water officially launched its online services with Ezi Pei. Customers registered with Ezi Pei will now be able to buy their CashWater top-up using their mobile phones.
The Philippines confirmed on Sunday (Feb 9) that African swine fever infections had spread in the south of the country, which accounts for nearly a third of the nation's 12.8 million pig herd.

MAL Steps Up Fight Against African Swine Flu

Additional measures will be taken by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) to contain the spread of the African swine flu into Solomon Islands.
The logging company accepted the death of its employee as caused by the flood and do not wish the police to conduct further enquiries into the death.

Malaysian Killed in Flash Flooding

A Malaysian man is dead after a flooded river burst following torrential rains linked to a low depression south of the Solomon Islands.
Air Passengers Traveling from China Will Not be Permitted Entry

Air Passengers Traveling from China Will Not be Permitted Entry

The Solomon Islands Department of Immigration (DOI) has issued new directives that "all air passengers who have traveled from or transited through China 14 days before arriving in the Solomon Islands will not be permitted entry."
Police Urge Public to Put Safety First

Police Urge Public to Put Safety First

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) appeals to members of the public throughout the country to think safety first during the current bad weather.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health Mrs. Pauline McNeil.

Coronavirus Tests Negative

Results of the 4 suspected Coronavirus cases on board MV Expert berthing at Rennell Bellona is received late Thursday 06th Feb 2020 at 5:47pm by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), after a 72hours waiting period.
The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency as the toll from the virus reached 213.

Solomon Islands Joins Growing List of Countries Imposing Travel Restrictions

Solomon Islands joins countries such as the US and Singapore in imposing travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus epidemic.
The dead body is described as not very tall and wearing a pair of blue trousers.

Dead Body Found at Lunga River

The dead body of a male person has been discovered at the mouth of the Lunga River east of Honiara this morning (4 February 2020).
Solomon Islands Featured in Battlefield 5

Solomon Islands Featured in Battlefield 5

Solomon Islands has been featured in the new installation of the popular gaming series Battlefield.
When kids have multiple items to sell, I always ask them, “How mas all together?” encouraging them to do the math. The girls never seem to have troubles, but I have watched more than one boy wiggling fingers and then toes as he tallies the sale in his head.

Delivery the Solomon Way

Cruisers in the Solomon Islands enjoy special deliveries of limes, coconuts and more right to the anchorage.
Health advisory is in place to take basic hygiene practices seriously.

"Vigilance is Key"

Tourism Solomons has called on all travellers heading to the Solomon Islands to take “serious heed” of the Solomon Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) advisory regarding the current Coronavirus outbreak globally.
The NOCSI meeting was facilitated NOCSI Training and Development Commission.

NOCSI Holds Board Meeting

The National Olympic Committee of the Solomon Islands (NOCSI) Executive Board held a one-day planning session to prepare for the year head.