Latest News Archive August 2020

Philip Lilomo and John Adifaka (Jnr) newly elected board members of the Media Association.

MASI SGM Successful: Two Additional Board Members

THE Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) has successfully held its Special General Meeting (SGM) on Sunday 30th of August 2020.
Most modern democracies have a range of special powers available to respond to emergencies that threaten safety, property or the integrity of the state.

New Law For Public Health Emergency Being Looked At

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic and social problems the World over, it has also given rise to questions on how countries should respond to contain the virus - legally.
Hon. Seleso (L) and Hon. Ramofafia (R) with their Permanent Secretaries (standing centre) and representatives of the UN.

EU Provides Solomon Islands EUR 8 million to Heighten Service Delivery of Provincial Governments

The European Union and the Government of Solomon Islands have today signed a new Financing Agreement, which will see the EU provide EUR 8 million or nearly SBD 78 million to the Government of Solomon Islands to strengthen the Provincial Government’s governance system for service delivery within the provinces.
From Left, NRH Medical Superintendent and CEO (ag) Dr John Hue, Nursing and Biomedical Staff with Dr Kaeni Agiomea head of Aesthetic & Dr Carol Titiulu Consultant Paediatrician (front right)

NRH Commissions 4 New Pediatric Oxygen Concentrators

The National Referral Hospital (NRH) last week Friday commissioned four new paediatric oxygen concentrators donated by Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) in which the E-Club of Greater Sydney raised the funds for the donation totalling to over 5,500 AUD (more than 33,000 SBD).
Upon her return to Tulagi, Aziel says she will be continuing with her sewing business.

NZ Seasonal Worker Talks of Experience

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, around 400 Solomon Islands seasonal workers have been repatriated from New Zealand.
Border enforcement agencies escorted the two men back to the border with Bougainville.

Border Crossers Sent Back to Bougainville

Authorities from the covid-19 Joint Operation at the Western border with Papua New Guinea have released on Saturday (29 August) the two Bougainvilleans arrested and detained at Kulitanai Police Post in the Shortland Islands after meeting all covid-19-free conditions.
Solomon Airlines continues to operate flights domestically, but that has not been enough to sustain operational overheads - especially with the cancellation of international flights.

Solomon Airlines Reduce Staff by 20% Due to Impact of COVID-19

Solomon Airlines has today confirmed the company will regrettably reduce its workforce by approximately 20 percent making 59 staff positions redundant due to the prolonged impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the airline’s operations.
Denty says that the project started a year ago, and when it is fully operational thousands of people in Weathercoast will soon have access to a fully fledged health care service.

Avuavu Mini Hospital Near Completion

People of Weathercoast will soon access better health services. By November this year, work should be complete on the newly constructed Avuavu mini hospital.
The SOLMAT team says all necessary safety protocols were adhered to during and after the assessment of the two fishermen. The police and SOLMAT set up a quarantine station where the two men are currently being held.

Busted At The Border: Two Fishermen From Bougainville Arrested and Quarantined

Two fishermen from Bougainville were arrested and charged for crossing into the Solomon Islands border on Wednesday 26th August, 2020.
Hon. Tautai called on the National Government to consider providing roll-over funding to support administration of the country’s only World Heritage Site, Lake Tegano.

Dr. Tautai Calls on Government to Act

Rennell Bellona (Renbel) Parliament Representative Hon. Dr Tautai Agikimua Kaitu’u calls on the National Government to prioritize the implementation of key infrastructure projects in his constituency.
The OPMC statement says the flight to China will be undertaken for purposes of repatriating Solomon Island citizens. It will also bring in the new PRC Ambassador to Solomon Islands and some members of the Embassy staff and the PG2023 technical team.

Cabinet Approves China, Philippines Repatriation Flights

Cabinet at its meeting today yesterday has approved the repatriation flights to Guangzhou in China and to Manila in the Philippines.
Under these Plans, healthcare providers across the Pacific will receive ventilators, patient monitoring systems and other essential equipment and training.

UK Supports Pacific Countries in Fight Against COVID-19

Solomon Islands stands to benefit from the recently announced covid-19 fund by the United Kingdom.
“Some of the women walk great distances to catch telecommunication signal. Most times I have a hard time getting the women via mobile phone so I have no choice but to get in the boat to go get them”.

Risky But Worth It: The Challenges Of Women Empowerment in Rural Areas

“Gathering rural women to participate in such a gathering or forum can be quite challenging”, says Jacinta.
"We as officers of the RSIPF have to work together with communities in the western border to ensure the COVID-19 does not enter our country from Bougainville,” says Deputy Commissioner Matanga.

Deputy Police Commissioner Meets With Officers at the Western Border

The Deputy Police Commissioner Operations in the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) Juanita Matanga held a musters with the front line officers at the Kulitanai Police Post in the Shortland Islands in Western Province on 25 August 2020 to thank them for their work despite the challenges faced during the COVID-19 operation.
Premier Willie Tuhangenga handing over a gift of traditional significance to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

PM Guest at Renbel Day Celebrations in Tingoa

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was the guest of honour at the Rennell/Bellona Second Appointed Day celebrations at the Provincial Capital, Tingoa, held yesterday.
“To keep our shores free from COVID -19 it is our responsibility to work together.”

RSIPF Meets With Council of Chiefs on Mono Island

The Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) Deputy Commissioner Operations Juanita Matanga has met with the Council of Chiefs on Mono Island in the Western Province on 25 August 2020 to discuss the issue of access to islands for police operations at the western border during the COVID-19 State of Public Emergency.
"Let us all assist the RSIPF to fight corruption. RSIPF cannot do it alone,” says RSIPF Commissioner Mangau.

JANUS Arrests and Charges Woman for Allegedly Stealing SBD$1.3 Million

JANUS, the Joint Task Force between the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) yesterday (25 August 2020) arrested and charged a Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) employee.
Western, Choiseul and Malaita Outer Islands borders have already been declared as emergency zones with a total ban on traditional border crossings to and from Bougainville.

Shortland Leaders Call on Landowning Groups to Support COVID-19 Frontliners

Leaders of Shortland Islands in the Western Province have encouraged landowning tribes in the area to support the frontline workers in view of the ongoing covid-19 operations at the border region.
“When there is heavy rainfall it affects the water. Also when it's dry, it will also affect the water”, Jinalyn says.

Access to Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation Lacking in Rural Areas

Proper coverage and access to clean water supply is lacking in rural areas in the Solomon Islands.
The prohibition order covers ratite meat, meat products, by products, eggs, egg products, live birds/chicken.

Temporary Ban on Imports of Poultry Products From Australia

The government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL), Biosecurity Department has temporarily banned importation of poultry products from Australia.
Premier Stanley Manetiva with the visiting team.

Women in Central Province Meet to Address Challenges

The first of the provincial women's forum is now underway in Tulagi, Central Islands province.
The PMSP-FFA aircraft during a recent stopover in Honiara.

FFA: Aerial Surveillance Critical For Monitoring of Our EEZs

Fisheries Ministers at their 17th Forum Fisheries Committee meeting on 6-7 August recognized the importance of aerial surveillance, including through the Pacific Maritime Security Program-Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (PMSP/FFA), after noting the increased risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
The Prime Minister and his delegation has also visited a number of sites including the famous Lake Tengano.

PM in Tingoa to Attend Renbel Day Celebrations

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has arrived in Tingoa, this morning ahead of the Rennell/Bellona Second Appointed celebrations tomorrow (Wednesday 26th August 2020).
“I am appealing to members of the public to report any officer who issues an on-the-spot fine. Please report the matter to your nearest police station and provide evidence of the incident," says Police Commissioner Mangau.

Police Commissioner Urges Public to Report Officers That Demand On The Spot Fines

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) appeals to members of the public to report to their nearest police station any officer who demands an on-the-spot fine for any alleged offences.
Joseph Dili comes from Gwaedalo village in the Langalanga lagoon in the west coast of Malaita near the provincial capital, Auki.

Climate Change Is Real For Us

In villages throughout Solomon Islands, particularly coastal communities, one does not need science to prove the impact of climate change. Sea level rise is the most notable impact of climate change.
Undersecretary Teaching and Learning (Ag) in MEHRD, Ms. Linda Wate says these resources will be shared through four different mediums. Radio, television, print and online.

Ministry of Education Expands Learning Tools

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) have stepped up its game in providing resources for students at this time of COVID-19.
Dr Hou says thank you as he prepares to leave one of the government-managed Access Quarantine Station (QS) last week.

Returning Nationals Commend Government’s COVID-19 Response

“I must commend the Government and Supporting Agencies for their response approach to stem the deadly virus from reaching our shores,” Dr. Levi Hou, one of the hundreds of returning Solomon Islands national who have undergone the mandatory 14-days quarantine process said.
24 Year Old Man Arrested for Raping Relative

24 Year Old Man Arrested for Raping Relative

Officers at the Atori Police Station in Malaita Province have arrested a 24-year-old male suspect following the alleged rape of a 17-year-old female at Hale Village in East Kwara’ae on 25 July 2020.
Police says the purpose of the awareness is to advice and encourage the teachers and students on ways to look after their school and welfare.

Police Reach Out to Students at Burns Creek

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at the National Crime Prevention Department (NCPD) visited and conducted awareness talk at Burns creek Adventist High School and primary school and Tuvaruhu School in Honiara on 21 August 2020.
AMA University in the Philippines is host to a good number of Solomon Islands government sponsored students.

Uncertainty Looms for University Students in 2021

It is still uncertain whether government sponsored students repatriated back to the country will continue with their education in various regional institutions in 2021.
“The approval means that for any amount of deposits that youSave members make to their account using airtime credit, 10% of the amount deposited will be refunded directly to the members account.”

SIG Approves Tax Refund for Mobile Top-Ups Used as YouSave Deposits

The Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon Harry Kuma has approved tax refunds for airtime credits (mobile top-ups) used as youSave deposits.
He says RSIPF are monitoring their activities to ensure they are not a threat to communities.

“Stay Out of Trouble”: Police Boss Warns ‘Crips and Bloods’

The Commissioner of Police Mostyn Mangau has warned youths in Honiara to stay away from so-called gang groups like crips and bloods.
Mangau says the process for police recruitment is very competitive, with no room for favouritism or bias.

Mangau Clarify Police Recruitment Process

Police Commissioner, Mr. Mostyn Mangau has disputed claims that the police recruitment process was compromised.
“The returning nationals are mostly students who have just completed their studies in Samoan institutions,” the statement from the NDC says.

Charter Flight Arrives With 24 Nationals

A total of 24 nationals have arrived at the Henderson International Airport this evening 6:00 PM local time on board a Solomon Airlines chartered flight.
Infrastructure is Our Lifeline: SICCI

Infrastructure is Our Lifeline: SICCI

Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) pitched its support behind the large pipeline of infrastructure projects as being a key factor in the country’s economic recovery.
“I understand that some people in the western border region of the country are worried after the confirmation of a positive COVID-19 at Buka on Bougainville two weeks ago. The RSIPF has increased its man power at the western border to 74 officers and will increase the patrols in the western border red line,” says Commissioner Mangau.

Police Commissioner Mangau Makes First Visit to Western Border with PNG

Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Mostyn Mangau paid his first visit to the Western and Choiseul provinces this week to show the seriousness that he as the new Commissioner considers the role that RSIPF plays in keeping the western border with Papua New Guinea safe from any entry of the COVID-19 from Bougainville.
Mr. Manning told a media briefing yesterday afternoon that the flight was to have brought in Chinese nationals working for the Ramu Nickel Mine who were alleged to have been subjected to a COVID-19 'vaccination trial.'

Manning: China Flight Cancelled

A flight from China, scheduled to arrive yesterday in Port Moresby, was cancelled by Controller David Manning.
Solomon Airlines Plans to Operate Special Charter to Samoa, Vanuatu and PNG

Solomon Airlines Plans to Operate Special Charter to Samoa, Vanuatu and PNG

With the approval of the Solomon Islands Government and subject to regulatory approval from the relevant foreign governments, Solomon Airlines is planning to operate a series of private charter flights 23 and 24 August serving Australia, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

Five New Medical Ventilators Officially Handed to Ministry of Health

Five new medical ventilators have been officially handed to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) yesterday morning to strengthen its COVID-19 preparedness.
"It's a partnership with our family in the Pacific and the rest of the world looks on Australia as providing that support to developing countries in our own region and that is specifically in relation to the Pacific countries," Mr Morrison said.

Australian-made COVID-19 Vaccine Could be Rolled Out in the Pacific and South-East Asia

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has promised to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine to the Pacific and some South-East Asian countries if Australia develops a supply of working drugs.
“I therefore call on the government and the task force to be fair to all our investors in implementing this great initiative,” the Opposition Leader adds.

Address All Leakages in Revenue Collection: Wale

Leader of the Opposition Hon. Mathew Wale welcomed the DCGA government’s decision to set up a taskforce to plug possible leakages in the government’s revenue collection.
Cutting of the cake by Minister of Fisheries, Hon. Nestor Giro and PROP Coordinator, Samantha Tuti. Looking on SSWA Contractor, Simon Aita'a (left) and PS Fisheries, Dr Christain Ramofafia.

Minister Giro Opens Renovated Observer Program Office Building

Staff of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) witnessed the opening of a newly renovated building that will house the Observer Program office.

Solomon Airlines Confirms Cargo Flight Between New Zealand and Papua New Guinea

With the approval of the Papua New Guinea and New Zealand Governments, Solomon Airlines on Monday operated a cargo only flight between Auckland and Port Moresby after being awarded the contract to do so.
The New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency Jonathan Curr, said New Zealand wants to assist UN-PRAC to support the strengthening of anti-corruption legislation and policies.

New Zealand Boost Anti-corruption Efforts in the Pacific

A new Pacific-wide anti-corruption partnership has been launched between the Government of New Zealand and the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, in an effort to improve the livelihoods of people in 13 Pacific Island countries.
"I heard that monies raised will be donated to Kilufi’i hospital by the event’s organizer," Benjamin says. He says this makes his participation in the race more meaningful.

Memorable Malaita Day for Lui

Malaita day this year will go down as one of the best, says Benjamin Lui, a young long-distance runner.
Claims via social media says the transportation of day-old chicks to Port Moresby were used as a cover to air lift Chinese officials to Brisbane, via Port Moresby, to await the next repatriation flight to Honiara.

PRC Refutes Involvement in Port Moresby Flight

An official in the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Honiara has refuted claims the Solomon Airlines Airbus was in Port Moresby to bring the PRC’s head of mission and officials to Solomon Islands.
Malaita chiefs ready to perform a traditional ceremony during celebrations in Auki, Malaita Province.

“Malaita, Our Home Our Pride”: Premier Suidani

“Powers given to the people must be honored and celebrated with pride”, says Malaita Premier, Daniel Suidani.
The two-and-a-half-hour show featured contributions from 12 Pacific island nations, including musical performances from Jahboy of the Solomon Islands, Mia Kami of Tonga, Juny B of Kiribati, Te Vaka of New Zealand and many more.

Virtual Concert Unites Pacific with the World in Battling COVID-19

From across the region, the UN in the Pacific brought together artists UN leaders, heads of State and international celebrities in the world’s first regional COVID-19 concert.
"With on-going flights, staffs are running the risk of fatigue, whilst equipment is at risk of technical malfunction”, NEOC says.

Solomon Islands Under Enormous Pressure to Keep COVID-19 Away

Five months into the whole of SIG Response to COVID-19, daily debriefing and observations have confirmed officials gradually experiencing fatigue.
“Strict control measures to prevent border crossings to and from both sides of the border are necessary to ensure we prevent the entry of COVID-19 into Solomon Islands in light of the situation in neighbouring Bougainville,” the Prime Minister said.

Gov’t Steps-up Border Security: PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the Government has stepped up border security around the country’s international maritime boundaries.
“There were a total of 50 crude fermented kwaso containers and 2,000 litres of distilled kwaso confiscated during the raid with a street value of $10,000-00," says PPC Riolo.

Police Raids Kwaso Producers in West Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the Honiara City Central Police Station mounted a successful raid at the Karaina settlement in West Honiara confiscating 2,000 litres of kwaso valued about $10,000.00 on 13 August 2020.
RSIPF beat Marist FC 3-0 in the second match.

Women’s Premier League Kicks Off With Wins for Koloale, RSIPF, Naha and Renbel Ibis

Koloale FC defeated a well-drilled Frigates United side 2-0 to kickoff of the much anticipated 2020 Solrais Women’s Premier League at the DC Park Oval on Saturday 15 August 2020.
The government says they will advise intending travellers into Solomon Islands on the future date of repatriation flights, most likely set for the coming weeks. At the same time, it is understood the proposed flight to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on the 29th of August 2020 has been put on halt.

Repatriation Flight Cancelled as Laboratory Staff Faces Fatigue

The repatriation flight scheduled for 16th August 2020 has been cancelled.
Part of the crowd gathered in Auki today.

DPM Assures Malaita Province of Gov’t Support

Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has assured the Malaita provincial government that the National Government will continue to work with them.
The deputy Prime Minister acknowledged all Malaita leaders, both past and present that have contributed immensely towards the development of Solomon Islands.

DPM Urge Malaitan’s to Take Pride in their Contributions to SI

Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga has encouraged Malaitan’s to celebrate the province’s second appointed day with remembrance and pride.
Many have condemned these youths, calling them out for anti-social behavior. Others say it is a result of a broken society – one where youths are increasingly disenfranchised.

Crips and Bloods in Honiara?

Los Angeles is approximately 10,000 kms away from Honiara (or 21 hours by plane) but the gang culture that emerged in LA in the 1960s has reached Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. Or so it seems.
Ms Kekea says the media thrives on accountability and transparency and it should fulfill that role it portrays in society.

MASI Concern Over Disregard of Workers and Businesses in the Media Industry

The Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) is concerned about the rising dismissal of workers in the media industry.
Australian High Commissioner Dr Lachlan Strahan handing over equipment to Solomon Island Rugby Union Federation President George Tema.

Australia Supports Solomon Islands Get Into Rugby (GIR) Program

With sport back underway in provincial areas of Solomon Islands, Solomon Island Rugby Union Federation (SIRUF) was delighted to receive yesterday a shipment of new Get into Rugby (GIR) equipment, supported by the Australian Government through the PacificAus Sports program.
"The training workshop was very useful for the participants to better understand how they can effectively use COVID-19 information to raise awareness amongst groups of people with special needs across the country."

Building Capacity of People with Special Needs to Join Efforts Against COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is delighted this week to have supported the initiatives of People with Disabilities Solomon Islands to raise awareness of COVID-19 to their target groups, mainly people with special needs across the country.
“The Institute could potentially be flagships for SINU where real expertise can be developed in the work that we’re doing that sustain our economy around our forestry, agriculture, oceans, and resources," explained Dr. Aqorau.

Dr. Transform Aqorau Joins SINU as Visiting Professor

Our very own and a renowned academic and SI appointed Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Transform Aqorau joins the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) as visiting Professor at the newly established Institute of Ocean, Islands, and Sustainable Development.
Tokura released the new orders as the autonomous region approaches the critical polling phase of the 2020 fourth Bougainville General Election.

Fresh Orders Issued in Bougainville Following Positive COVID-19 Test

The Controller of the Bougainville COVID-19 State of Emergency, Deputy Commissioner and Chief of the Bougainville Police Service, Francis Tokura, has issued two separate orders on Monday, in response to the first case of the COVID-19 virus and the election which got underway yesterday.
Utilizing young people’s potential as agents of change requires involving and empowering them in development, policies and supporting their participation at all levels especially regarding access to justice.

PSO Multi-provincial International Youth Day Celebration

International Youth Day is commemorated every year on August 12th. This year, the Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) is celebrating by bringing together young people for a cross city screening of local production ‘Juvenile’ and dialogue on youth justice, under the theme Youth Engagement for Global Action.
“So currently the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has health as one of the eight priority areas which none of our Forum island countries has tapped into yet”, Taloiburi says.

Pacific Countries Encouraged to Utilize Funding Options Under Green Climate Fund

“You can quarantine COVID-19 but climate change cannot be quarantined” PIFS Climate Change Finance Adviser, Exsley Taloiburi says.
City Mayor Wilson Mamae, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Minister for Women and Youth, Freda Tuki Comua.

Young People Our Untapped Resource: PM

Our rapidly burgeoning youth population represents a huge untapped resource that can be transformed into effective nation builders.
In recent weeks, Solomon Times Online has covered stories from rural farmers in both marine and land resources, asking for support from the government.

Work on Economic Stimulus Package Continues

Screening, approval and disbursement process of all applications for the Economic stimulus package is still continuing.
Manoj Dhari grew up in Gizo where he also went to Gizo community high school. He left school in the 1990s at just form three.

A Tale of Perseverance and Struggle

Finding a job in Solomon Islands can be quite challenging. In the country, unemployment serves as one of the indicators of economic status.
The elections comes at a time when there is much distress brought on by the global killer virus.

Bougainville Proceeds with Elections Amid First COVID-19 Case

Bougainville is heading to the polls today amid its first case of the COVID-19. This is the 4th General Election of Papua New Guinea’s autonomous region, since attaining autonomy arrangements in 2001.
The Prime Minister said the Kukum Highway project includes a 4-lane road from the Ministry of Fisheries to the Lunga Bridge and a two-lane road from Lunga Bridge to the Henderson Domestic Airport.

Infrastructure Projects Progress Slowly Despite Pandemic: PM

Donor supported projects under the Ministry of Infrastructure & Development (MID) are gradually progressing despite the pandemic.
Resort manager, Manoj Dhari says local tourism should be encouraged so that operators like them can continue to provide employment and keep the economy going.

Fatboys Resort Push for Local Tourism

Tourism operator, Fatboys resort is hoping more emphasis is placed on domestic tourism.
The flight to China will be the furthest for the Solomon Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft since joining the local fleet in February this year.

Itinerary for Charter Flight to China Still Under Discussion

Government is still to present a set arrangement for the historical China flight on the 29th of August 2020. Solomon Airlines has been arranged to carry out this charter flight.
Launching the book “Mekim and Selem Cocoa”. (L to R): Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Ethel Frances; Deputy Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Sally-Anne Vincent; and Director of Solomon Islands Association of Rural Training Centres, Billy Mae.

MAL, MCILI and Australia High Commission Launch Cocoa Book for Villages

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL), Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration (MCILI) and the Australian High Commission launched a book that teaches remote communities how to grow and process cocoa into a range of food products that can be sold in villages and markets.
“Fellow Solomon Islanders, we are still COVID-19 free. However, we must not be complacent. If we become careless, we may not remain COVID-19 free for long,” he said.

Prime Minister Calls for Greater Cooperation at the Border

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has called for a stronger and more effective cooperation between the National Government and provincial governments.
"The patient is from Central Bougainville. The patient is fine and stable and has not shown any signs of the COVID-19."

COVID-19 Emergency Controller for Bougainville Calls for Calm

The COVID-19 Emergency Controller for Bougainville is calling for calm across the region following reports of a first case in the region.
Nursery shed from a backyard farm visited in Honiara on 30 July 2020.

Sup-sup Garden Initiative Shows ‘Impressive Progress’

The Organic Backyard Gardening (sup-sup garden) activity that the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) is implementing has made impressive development.
Anna continues to work hard in the plantation, to earn whatever income she can to look after her children.

Cocoa Provides Lifeline for Rural Women

Mothers are said to be the backbone of families no matter how much they struggle, most often than not they do so silently.
Pictured are participants in the 17th meeting of FFC Ministers, the first ever to be run online. Ministers discussed initiatives for increased regional cooperation in response to COVID-19, climate change, and illegal fishing, among other issues.

Fisheries Ministers Strengthen their Commitment to Regional Cooperation amid Pandemic

Fisheries Ministers from member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) have expressed serious concern about the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their domestic economies.
Bougainville is about 40km from the Shortland Islands, West of the Solomon Islands.

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Recorded on Bougainville

PNG’s National Control Centre for COVID-19 confirmed 25 new positive cases of COVID-19 today, 24 from the national capital and 1 from Bougainville.
“What transpired however is a systematic popularization of power and functions with the Central Government over the years. This is a reality we would like to forget,” he said.

PM Recognizes Tough Journey Faced by Provincial Governments

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has acknowledged that it has not been an easy journey for all provincial governments over the years.
Mr. Elmar Elbling, Unit Head Solomon Islands Pacific Country Office, ADB, handing over some of the  PPEs to MHMS Permanent Secretary Mrs. Pauline McNeil in front of Chief of UNICEF Solomon Islands Office, Dr. Zelalem Taffesse.

Solomon Islands Receives Medical Supplies from ADB and UNICEF

Personal protective equipment and other medical supplies, financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and procured by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), are being delivered to Solomon Islands to strengthen the country’s capacity to respond to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Women's Savings Group responded with 96 bags of rice for Kokona when Cyclone Harold hit the country earlier this year.

Kokona Women Splash out $100K from Savings

Women of Kokona Community in West Guadalcanal on Tuesday revealed a year-long worth of their savings club, with a remarkable display of SBD$103,465 (USD$12,570).
His Excellency Morimoto Yasuhiro, Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands handing over some of the Japanese funded PPEs to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministy of Health Mrs. Pauline McNeil, in front of Dr. Zelalem Taffesse, Chief of UNICEF Solomon Islands Field Office.

Japan supports UNICEF to Protect Children and Communities in Solomon Islands Against COVID-19 Pandemic

UNICEF welcomes a US$347,000 funding from the Government of Japan to boost on-going COVID-19 preparedness efforts in the Solomon Islands.
With these challenges facing the Pacific, the Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) scheduled to take place next week virtually, is expected to center on mapping out economic strategies for the pacific region.

COVID Economic Impact Devastating for the Pacific Region

The economic impact of covid-19 in the pacific region is said to be devastating.
Under the 10th and 11th EDF, the Government of Solomon Islands and the EU have been working together to improve living conditions of the rural areas through better community infrastructures and services, including water and sanitation.

EU Supporting Efforts to Improve Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Solomon Islands

The European Union has this week released the final payment of EUR 6,450,000 (nearly SBD 60,000,000) to the Government of Solomon Islands as part of its partnership signed with the Government in 2014 to improve access to water and sanitation in rural areas, under the European Development Fund (10th EDF).
Dr Strahan further highlighted Australia’s continued commitment to step up and assist Solomon Islands as well as the wider pacific region in the battle against covid-19 and promised that Australia will help Pacific nations gain access to any vaccine that is found.

Australia’s High Commissioner Strahan Pays Courtesy Visit on PM Sogavare

Australia’s High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Dr. Lachlan Strahan made an official call on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare yesterday.
Wendy Saki Besa’a, a cassava out-grower got her signed agreement from MAL PS, Ethel Francis as Sape Farm Managing Director, Dr. Paul Bosawai Popora (right) and Undersecretary Technical Michael Ho’ota (from back row) looks on.

Partnership Brings Hope for Rural Women Farmers

Rural women farmers in the Guadalcanal Plains has expressed gratitude to the government through the Ministry of the Agriculture and Livestock for bringing market opportunities right down to their doorsteps.
The businesses are members of a Coconut Industry Working Group supported by the SICCI Export Development Department with funding from the Rural Development Program (RDP).

Coconut Working Group Appreciates Opportunity to Voice Concerns with PIMEU

The Export Industry Development Department of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) on Friday 31 July facilitated a consultation meeting between business operators from the coconut industry and representatives from the Policy Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (PIMEU) within the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
“The FFA Secretariat has been providing assistance to Members to help them address the impacts of COVID-19, including studies to review food security and how best to support Observers over the longer term.”

COVID-19 Impacts Lead Agenda for FFA Fisheries Ministerial Meeting

The first ever Forum Fisheries Committee Ministerial meeting to be held online opens tomorrow, with the impacts of COVID-19 on the regional tuna fishery at the top of the agenda.

Tax Administrative Incentives for Businesses

The Solomon Islands Government through the Inland Revenue Division (IRD) is looking at granting tax administrative incentives to businesses that are seriously affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic as part of its economic response plan.
OFC’s long-term vision will include developing a new strategy for women's football.

OFC Will Invest $43 million into Football Development

OFC Will Invest an Unprecedented $43 million Directly into Football Development in 2021 and 2022.
"I was in tears when I saw mothers with their babies scramble up the hill to access health services. I could not help them because I also have my family that I need to support”, says Nester.

Challenges Faced Without a Clinic

“One time they had to carry a sick man in a copra bag uphill to the clinic because there was no stretcher”, Nester Iputu tells.
“I just observed and learned along the way”, he says.

Riding The Waves in Choiseul

The sea is his road and the waves, current and winds his signs.
PNA waters account for around half of the world’s global supply of skipjack tuna, the most commonly canned tuna.

Regional Fisheries Body PNA Faring well

CEO of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), Ludwig Kumoru says PNA is still faring well despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Father Arrested for Alleged Sexual Abuse of 15-yr-old Daughter

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at Tulagi in Central Province have arrested and charged a father on 19 July 2020 with five counts for alleged sexually abusing his 15-year-old daughter.
“This is now a very, very serious breach in Covid-19 protocols which may have exposed our citizens to Covid-19 infection from the outside,” Mr Namah said.

Chinese Flight May Have Exposed PNG to Coronavirus

The Chinese tycoon Chen Mailin, who landed in Port Moresby on June 21 in a private jet and took off two days later, did not observe the 14-day compulsory quarantine protocols.
"Anyone receiving seeds that they did not order should not open the packets or plant the seeds," Michael Wallace, director of communications at Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, told VOA.

Mystery Seeds Arriving in US Said to be From Solomon Islands

The United States Food and Drug Administration (USDA) is said to be investigating suspicious packets containing seeds from China and the Solomon Islands.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare being met on arrival by the Premier of Guadalcanal.

PM Graces Guadalcanal Day Celebrations

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has graced the Guadalcanal Province 2nd Appointed Day celebrations at Visale, North West Guadalcanal on Friday.
One of the participants at the recent workshop organized by the Western Province Council of Women.

Western Province Council of Women Connects to Shortland with New Ward Council

The Western Province Council of Women (WPCW) successfully formed another ward council for the women of Shortland Islands, a milestone achievement that now directly connects women from both the inner and outer regions of the district.