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Tourism Solomons Welcomes Decision to Fully Reopen Solomon Islands Border

Tourism Solomons has welcomed Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare’s announcement the country’s border will fully reopen on 1 July 2022.
“This announcement is certainly a positive development as the gradual recovery of Solomon Islands’ tourism industry and the contribution that growth in international tourism and development can make to the economy is entirely dependent upon the reopening of our borders,” said Mr. Gebers.

Solomon Airlines Welcomes Re-opening of Borders on 1st July 2022

Solomon Airlines has welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare confirming the full reopening of Solomon Islands' international borders, commencing on 1 July 2022.
China's Foreign Minister meets with the Prime Minister during his recent visit to the Solomon Islands.

China to Consider Building Police Training Facility in Country

China will consider building a police training centre in Solomon Islands, as Foreign Minister Wang Yi tours the Pacific in a bid to increase its influence in the region.
Within his first seven months in Australia, Francis had saved enough to pay for the construction of his own home in Honiara. His first goal completed, he then commenced work on his parents’ house, then supported his sister to build her own home as well as his in-laws.

Seasonal Worker in Australia Builds Homes for His Family

Francis Milamila has had an exciting journey after he joined the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) Scheme in January 2020.
Those infected with monkeypox will typically experience a fever, intense headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, swollen lymph nodes and a skin rash or lesions. The rash usually begins within one to three days of the start of a fever. Number of lesions can range between a few to several thousands.

Health Keeping a Close Eye on Monkeypox Virus

Public Health experts of the Ministry of Health are keeping a close eye on developments with the multi-country outbreak of monkeypox around the world.
Hon Wale said Solomon Islands is a democratic country, owned by the people and they are entitled to know what is being transacted in their name.

Opposition Raises Concerns Over Secrecy Surrounding MOUs With China

Opposition Leader Hon Matthew Wale has raised concerns that MOUs that will be signed by the visiting PRC foreign minister and the national government have been kept secret only to a few in the top government echelon.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the Wang's one-day visit at the head of a nearly 20-strong delegation would be a "milestone" in the two countries' relationship. MASI says it will be boycotting the media event where Wang will be addressing a selected group of local media outlets.

MASI Boycotts China Delegation Press Event

Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) has issued a boycott notice to its members for the PRC Press Event scheduled for Thursday.
"Our partnership promotes peace not only through security cooperation, but also by addressing economic challenges, climate change and a range of other development needs we face as a region," said Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta in a statement.

New Zealand Troop Deployment in Solomon Islands Extended

New Zealand on Wednesday said it would extend the New Zealand Defence Force's deployment to the Solomon Islands until at least May next year, amid concerns among Western allies about China's growing presence in the South Pacific.
The drug has been endorsed in March 2022 by the National Medicines and Therapeutic Committee for use in country. The drug will be administered by health workers in a monitored clinical setting along with current standard of care for COVID-19 which includes oxygen and other medications.

Tocilizumab Drug to Treat Severe and Critical COVID-19 Patients Now Available

Tocilizumab, an antibody drug approved by the WHO to treat COVID-19 patients, has arrived in the country.
Officials from the Quad nations have clarified in the past that it's not a military alliance like NATO but a partnership for a shared vision for the Indo-Pacific region.

Chinese Foreign Minister Will Visit Solomon Islands as Quad Leaders Convene in Tokyo

The Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi is scheduled to visit Solomon Islands later this week. This was confirmed by the Prime Minister’s office, and the Chinese Ambassador to Solomon Islands Li Ming.
“Trying to locate the vessel in distress within our vast EEZ would have been very difficult without the aid of the FFA aircraft and also having HMAS Ararat on hand to tow the vessel back to port was crucial. This collaborative effort definitely saved lives,” said Commander Soko.

Regional Cooperation Ensures 17 Passengers Rescued From Boat in Distress

17 passengers were returned safely to their loved ones thanks to the combined effort of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) Aerial Surveillance Program (ASP) aircraft, the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIPF) Maritime Division and Australia’s HMAS Ararat over the weekend.
Sogavare further assured Prime Minister Albanese that Solomon Islands remains Australia’s steadfast friend and development partner of choice.

Sogavare Congratulates Albanese on His Election Win

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has congratulated Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on his election victory as the 31st Prime Minister of Australia.
"It is going to be tough but the goal is to finish top," said Junior Benjamin.

Young Tennis Ace Looks Forward to Representing the Country at the Mini-Games

The country’s top tennis seed Junior Benjamin is excited and says he can’t wait to represent the country at the upcoming 2022 Pacific Mini Games in Northern Marianas this June.
The award was presented to SIPA Chairman, Mr. Johnny Sy during the IAPH World Ports Conference this week in Vancouver, Canada.

Solomon Ports Wins Historic Top International Award

Solomon Ports has the won the ‘International Association of Ports Habours’ Sustainability Awards 2022 in Vancouver, Canada this week on Wednesday 17th at the IAPH World Ports Conference.
The Solomon Islands Kurukuru are currently ranked #1 in the OFC and #52 in the World by the Futsal World Ranking body.

Kurukuru Invited to International Tournament in Croatia

Solomon Islands national futsal team, Kurukuru has been invited by organizers of the Umag Futsal Nations Cup 2022 to participate in an international futsal friendly tournament in Umag, Croatia from October 3 to October 12, 2022.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting CSSI with radio programmes and technical support to further the application of services in line with the Mandela Rules.

Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Released Prisoners Requires a Whole of Society Approach

The Correctional Service of Solomon Islands (CSSI) has embarked on a revitalized campaign to promote and raise awareness on the importance of giving released prisoners a ‘second chance in life’
The CT scan and the building that houses the machine is wholly funded by the national government at a value of SBD$21 million.

Sogavare Launches Country's First CT Scan Facility

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has expressed his overwhelming joy to officiate the launching of the country’s own Computed Tomography (CT) scanner some 40 years after the nation’s Political independence.
Superintendent Sevoa said the alleged sorcery act resulted in a violent retaliation by relatives of the alleged victims.

Police Investigates Sorcery Related Revenge Killing

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at Tetere and Henderson Police Station are investigating a murder incident that happened at Bulokalai village in Aola area, East Central Guadalcanal on 10 May 2022.
"I can assure you there will be no military base in Solomon Islands and Australia remains our partner of choice,” Mr. Veke told Karen Andrews, Australia’s Minister of Home Affairs.

Veke Says Australia Remains Partner of Choice

Paving the way for a naval military base in Solomon Islands was the main concern of Australia on the security pact Honiara and Beijing signed recently. But the Minister of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Anthony Veke, saw no cause for alarm in the security pact.
Maka’a said the opening of the Pakera buying center will no doubt trigger other commercial developments in the Province, which will eventually improve the livelihood and wellbeing of his people.

Makira-Ulawa Farmers Delighted With Opening of CEMA's Buying Centre

Makira-Ulawa farmers have welcomed the opening of the Province’s main Commodities Export Marketing Authority (CEMA) buying center at Pakera in Central Makira last week.
“I ask that officers using the facilities to look after it and make use of it as a token of appreciation from the Australian government through both RSIPF/RAPPP partnership," Police Commissioner Mangau said.

Naha Police Station Refurbished and Reopened

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at Naha Police Station will now have better working conditions when attending to their duties following the completion and handing over of the refurbished Police Station in East Honiara today.
Hosted by the Forum Secretary General Henry Puna at the Forum Secretariat, the dialogue allowed for Forum members to hear directly from the Government of Solomon Islands on the context of its security agreement with China.

PIFS Secretary General Hosts Solomon Islands "Tok Stori" Session

Pacific Forum Leaders and Foreign Ministers attended a unique ‘Tok Stori’ hybrid event in Suva.
Sachil and Gyaneshwar before the graduation ceremony.

Friends Share Gold Medal Award at USP Graduation

The Gold Medal Award for the most outstanding Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate was shared by two friends who supported each other throughout their journey while studying for their MBA at the University of the South Pacific (USP).
“This level of support for a games preparation is not something we saw leading into Samoa 2019. So it is rewarding to see greater percentage of the athletes fitness levels higher than before, along with athletes with fewer injuries," Alsop said.

Team Solomon Preparations Progressing Well

Solomon Island National Institute of Sport (SINIS) High Performance program has made its own review regarding athletes who access the facility to train ahead of the Pacific Mini Games and 2023 Pacific Games.
SINIS nutritionist Fiorenzo Toncan says part of the seminar is for athletes and coaches to get practical hands on experience.

Sports Institute Highlights Importance of Nutrition in Sports

The Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport (SINIS) High-Performance program successfully hosted its inaugural Nutrition in sports seminar on May 11th and 12th 2022.
“The new design, to be overseen by SIPA and implemented by SIIP, will ensure Noro can meet the future shipping needs of Solomon Islands for many years to come," SIPA CEO Eranda Kotelawala said.

Australia Supports Upgrade of Noro Port

Australia’s flagship Solomon Islands Infrastructure Program (SIIP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) in May to support the upgrade of the country’s second largest port in Noro, Western Province.
Kofe grabbed global attention for his nation of 12,000 people last year when he addressed a global climate conference standing ankle deep in the sea to illustrate Tuvalu was “sinking”.

Tuvalu, Sinking in the Pacific, Fears Becoming a Superpower ‘Pawn’

Tuvalu fears that climate change, an existential threat to the Pacific nation, is being forgotten and it worries that fellow island nations could become “pawns” in a global competition between China and the United States, its foreign minister said.
Archery Head Coach Andrew Lano says the federation is prioritizing student-athletes and the reopening of schools recently announced has been welcoming news for archery to resume with its scouting programs.

Archers on Target for Pacific Games 2023

Solomon Islands Archery Federation (SIAF) are into its second week of training with the assistance of the High-Performance staff at the SINIS multi outdoor field over the weekend.
Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will stage home and away playoffs – involving the champion and runner up from their respective national league – through June, from which each winner will secure qualification to the finals tournament.

Who Will Represent Oceania at the FIFA Club World Cup?

June will see the return of Oceania’s flagship club football competition, the OFC Champions League, which will decide who represents the region at the 2022 edition of the FIFA Club World Cup.
Smaller holder farmers use a digital platform to pool their produce to fill a container together for export, allowing people around the world to enjoy delicious chocolate made from premium Solomon Islands cocoa beans.

Premium Sundried Solomon Islands Cocoa Exported to the UK

A shipment of premium sundried cocoa beans is now making its way to the UK market, marking an important milestone for the Solomon Islands cocoa industry.
Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare congratulated the New Solomon Water Chair, Mr. Donald Marahare saying discussions will continue on important matters.

SIWA Introduces New Board Chairman to Prime Minister

State Owned Enterprise, Solomon Islands Water Authority, trading under brand name Solomon Water has introduced its new board chairman Donald Marahare to Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare.
Commander Miriki says the 64 year old male suspect was "out there fishing when he was intercepted by the PRT patrol team."

64-Year-Old Bougainvillean Arrested for Illegal Entry at Western Border

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at the Western border between Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon Islands (SI) have arrested a 64 years old male person from Sirovai village, Koromira in Central Bougainville for breaching the State of Public Emergency (SoPE) that is still in force.
Australian High Commissioner H.E Dr. Lachlan Strahan presents the items to UN Women Country Program Coordinator for Solomon Islands, Alvina Erekali.

Australia Gives Timely Assistance to Munda Market Vendors

New tables, chairs, tents and wheelie bins for Munda Market, in Solomon Islands will help cater for the increase in the number of market vendors at the market since it opened for business in February this year.
The Opposition MP said the Blue economy MoU is of particular concern given China’s appalling record on fisheries and their huge fishing fleet (mostly long-line) in the Pacific Ocean.

Opposition MP Raises Concerns Over Blue Economy MOU With China

Opposition member and MP for West Makira Constituency Hon Derrick Manuari has raised his concern at the pace and capacity in which Solomon Islands are impelling MOU’s with China.
“You were the glue that held the country together. When you played that night every Solomon Islanders that have television glued their eyes to the television, we were united at least for a moment for hours during the match as the boys united our country," Prime Minister Sogavare said.

Government Gifts National Team with $320k

The government through the Ministry of Home Affairs has given a token of appreciation of $10,000 dollars each to players and a sum of $320,000 to the Solomon Islands national team delegation to the recent FIFA World Cup Oceania Qualifiers in Qatar.
The Mascot captures the spirit of the 2023 Pacific Games with a character that is representative of all regions and peoples of Solomon Islands.

Sol2023 Unveils Mascot

The Mascot for the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands has been revealed.
Late Mr Basil was said to be travelling in the company of two of his Close Protection Officers and a Media officer when his vehicle collided with another oncoming vehicle.

Opposition Leader Conveys Condolences on Passing of PNG's Deputy Prime Minister

Opposition Leader Hon Matthew Wale has conveyed his condolences to the government and people of Papua New Guinea following the tragic death of PNG’s Deputy Prime Minister Hon Sam Basil.
The 60-minute scenic flight operated by Solomon Airlines Twin Otter H4-SIC, took off at 9.20am from Henderson Airport flying over Central Province, across to Yandina and back along the coastline of Guadalcanal before landing again at Henderson.

18 Nurses Fly High with Solomon Airlines on International Nurses Day

Nine Solomon Islands organisations collaborated with Solomon Airlines to say ‘Tagio Tumas to our Nation’s Nurses’ on International Nurses Day.
Glo Oxenham received her Queen’s Service Medal of honour award for services to the Melanesian community from Her Excellency, The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro, Governor General of New Zealand.

Solomon Islander Receives Medal of Honour in New Zealand

On Thursday 05th May, Solomon Islander Glo Oxenham received her Queen’s Service Medal of honour award for services to the Melanesian community from Her Excellency, The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro, Governor General of New Zealand.
A team including ACIAR's Capacity Building Officer for the Pacific, Ms Joy Hardman, PASS-CR Programme Coordinator, Dr Linda Wess and Communications Director for the PASS-CR Programme, Ms Tash Turgoose, visited the USP Laucala Campus to engage with scholarship recipients.

USP Students Contribute to Regional Progress Through Scholarship Partnership

The knowledge and capability of students will be further enhanced after the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) included the climate change resilience component in the Pacific Agriculture Scholarships, Support and Climate Resilience programme (PASS-CR).
Today we say thank you to our nurses, and acknowledge the important role they play, and continue to play, during the current COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

Today is International Nurses Day

Today, 12th May 2022, is International Nurses Day. Nurses play an important part in people's general health and and well-being, but until the COVID-19 pandemic hit, nurses have not been treated with the respect they deserve.
Sam Basil, born November 16, 1969, was a Papua New Guinean politician. He was a member of the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea from 2007, representing the electorate of Bulolo Open, until his untimely death.

PNG’s Deputy Prime Minister Killed in Tragic Car Accident

Papua New Guinea's deputy Prime Minister, Sam Basil, has died following a car crash in the Bulolo district of Morobe Province.
Group photo with consignment of face masks. L-R Dr Yogesh Choudhri MHMS Senior Advisor, Mrs. Pauline McNeil, MHMS Permanent Secretary, Mr. Mostyn Mangau Police Commissioner, Hon. Dr Culwick Togamana Health Minister, Cornelius Walegera Deputy Secretary Foreign Affairs and Wesley Kukutu Manager National Medical Store.

Canadian Company Supports Police and Health Ministry With COVID-19 Masks

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force [RSIPF] have praised Canada’s Novoshield company for their support in mobilizing and delivering 16,800 Level 3 medical grade face masks to boost ongoing work of health and police against COVID-19 in the country.
One government source told the ABC Mr Wang would lead a large Chinese delegation and the two countries would likely sign a host of new agreements during the trip.

High Level Chinese Delegation Led by Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Visit Solomon Islands

Chinese Foreign Minister and state councillor Wang Yi is likely to make a surprise visit to Solomon Islands in coming weeks, in another sign Beijing is intent on cementing security and commercial ties with the Pacific Island nation while Canberra is consumed by the federal election.
Jonathan Schwass holding coffee beans in Timor Leste.

New Zealand's New High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Named

New Zealand has appointed a new high commissioner to Solomon Islands.
The Health Minister says in terms of trends, Honiara is showing signs of decline while Malaita, Central and Western Province are registering upward trends.

COVID-19 Update: 1,300 New Positive Cases Reported

Solomon Islands has recorded 1,300 new positive COVID-19 cases during the reporting period starting on 3rd May to 8th May 2022. The cumulative total for the country now stands at 18,174.
Acting Head of School of Accounting, Finance and Economics (SAFE), Dr Nacanieli Rika welcomed the guests and awardees at the event and encouraged students to demonstrate humility in success and graciously accept when someone else performed better.

23 Students Rewarded for their Outstanding Achievements

The School of Accounting, Finance, and Economics (SAFE) at the University of the South Pacific hosted an awards ceremony last Friday to honour the remarkable achievements of its first-year students in 2021.
MEHRD has decided to consider a delayed and staggered approach to opening of ECE centres, Schools and Rural Training Centres to minimise overcrowding at schools especially in community high schools that have ECE, primary and secondary.

Schools To Resume Nationwide Starting 30th May 2022

The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) has announced the dates that Schools, Rural Training Centres and Early Childhood Centres will open.
AFP Supports Communities by Purchasing Fruits and Vegetables From Local Farmers

AFP Supports Communities by Purchasing Fruits and Vegetables From Local Farmers

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) members deployed under the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and AFP Policing Partnership Program (RAPPP), and the Solomons’ International Assistance Force (SIAF) continue to support the local economy during the State of Emergency and COVID19 community transmission.
Payne told Reuters in a statement after the meeting that she reiterated the Australian government's deep concern about the security agreement with China, including a lack of transparency.

Foreign Affairs Minister Manele Meets with Australian Counterpart

Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele has met with his Australian counterpart, Marise Payne, as he transited through Australia Friday last week.
In line with this improving outlook, 35 per cent Pacific businesses reported seeing an increase in revenue over the first quarter of the year, with 47 per cent expecting this to improve over the following quarter.

Report Finds Pacific Businesses Confident of Strong Recovery

The newly released PTI Pacific Business Monitor Recovery report has found that whilst the negative impact of COVID-19 on businesses across the Pacific remains severe, confidence of business survival amongst respondents is high, with 87 per cent confident that they will survive the COVID-19 crisis - the highest figure since tracking began.
Hon Wale said the foreign minister’s mission to Suva has proven that the Government is well aware that this issue is not a sovereign one and has regional implications.

Opposition Says Government’s Regional Tour a Disgrace

Opposition Leader Hon Matthew Wale says the foreign minister’s visit to Suva on an ‘explain tour’ of the SI-PRC security treaty is a disgrace.
“The snap operation raid was successfully done with the assistance and support from the concerned elders, leaders and Chiefs in the community," Superintendent Jimson Robo said.

Police Raid Kwaso and Marijuana Hub at Karaina

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) and Royal Papua New Guinea Police Constabulary (RPNGC) have raided a homebrew (kwaso) and marijuana hub at Karaina settlement.
Of the 560 positive COVID-19 cases 366 cases were recorded in Honiara.

560 New COVID-19 Cases Recorded

Over the past 96 hours starting from April 29th 2022 to May 2nd 2022 the country has recorded an additional 560 new cases of COVID-19. The cumulative total for the country now stands at 16,441.
"Of course we haven't threatened [to invade]," Mr Morrison said. "We are their primary security partner. We are their first call when they face these sorts of challenges."

Morrison Says Australia Still Solomon Islands' First Option Despite 'Secret' Security Deal with China

Scott Morrison says the government will take a "calm and composed" approach to Solomon Islands if re-elected, after its Prime Minister launched a tirade in parliament about Australia's response to its new security pact with China.
“The right to vote includes people who are not in agreement with us MPs as their representatives and they have been waiting for 4 years to vote us out. Four years is the remedy when the power comes back to them and so to postpone elections and the right to vote is postponing people’s power,” he said.

Power Belongs to the People: Kenilorea

Opposition MP for East Are’Are, Hon Peter Kenilorea Jnr, has urged leaders not to lose sight of people’s right to vote in allowing them to exercise their power to do so as enshrined in the constitution.
The Prime Minister highlighted that the strategy is to ease the pressure on Honiara by mobilizing people in rural areas to engage in economic development.

Rural Development Key to Future Growth: Sogavare

Prime Minister Honorable Manasseh Sogavare acknowledged that the strength of the country lies in the rural areas.
"The project will significantly improve the continuity and quality of our water supply to Honiara residents and businesses without interruption," Solomon Water CEO Ian Gooden said.

New Water Project to Improve Quality and Continuity of Water Supply in Honiara

Solomon Water has awarded a $130m contract for the construction of its new Kongulai Water Treatment Plant and pipeline Project (Bid No. SW0402021) to REAN PCS Joint Venture.
“We will try and do our best in terms of dealing with them to make sure that what is happening in other countries where, like Hong Kong, doesn’t happen in our country,” he said.

Solomon Islands Top Envoy in Canberra Says China Police Will Be Under Local Command

China’s police presence under a new security pact would boost the capabilities of the Solomon Islands, but they would not use techniques seen in Hong Kong, the Pacific island’s top diplomat to Australia said in a radio interview yesterday.
The project, which is also being supported by the governments of Australia and New Zealand, is seen as transformative for Solomon Islands. Malaita Province in particular, where Bina Harbor is located, stands to benefit from a range of economic and employment opportunities.

Transformative Project to Deliver Thousands of Jobs and Economic Security for Solomon Islands

More than 5,500 jobs are set to be created with the construction of a major tuna processing plant in Solomon Islands that will provide economic security for the Pacific Islands nation and its people into the future.
“Press freedom embodies certain fundamental rights within our Constitution. A person’s right to information and to express themselves are just some examples of the rights which press freedom carries,” he said.

Wale Acknowledges Role of Media on World Press Freedom Day

Opposition Leader Hon Matthew Wale has congratulated the media in the country as they mark the World Press Freedom Day yesterday.
"As you can see from this operation, we will operate in this space all year if we have to. Friday's joint operation with the AFP is only phase one, which is a shut-down and warning phase. We encourage people not to conduct illegal street gambling and congregate in numbers," PPC Superintendent Jimson Robo said.

Police Crackdown on Illegal Street Gamblers

Central Police Operations Support Team of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) with the assistance of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) uniform patrols conducted an anti-gambling operation shutting-down Illegal Street gambling in areas of White River to Town Ground and Mission Place (Point Cruz) on 29 April 2022.
Mrs. Pauline McNeil, Health Permanent Secretary and Mr. Hiraoka Hisakazu, Leader of the Preparatory Survey Team and other representatives from JICA. Dr Rex Maukera, Provincial Health Director, Malaita Province was also part of the discussions.

Japan Signs Documents For Kilu’ufi Hospital Project

Discussion minutes on the preparatory survey for the Project for construction of Kilu’ufi Hospital was signed last week by Mrs. Pauline McNeil, Health Permanent Secretary and Mr. Hiraoka Hisakazu, Leader of the Preparatory Survey Team, JICA.
Director of Fisheries Edward Honiwala said sustainable management of the country’s Tuna stock is necessary in view of the global demand for Tuna fisheries, which is one of the revenue earners for the country.

Fisheries Ministry Says It Is Committed to the Sustainable Development of Tuna

As Solomon Islands joins the world to celebrate World Tuna Day on May 2, the Government through the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) reassures its commitments to the sustainable development and management of tuna fisheries in collaboration with other regional and international stakeholders.
Health PS. Mrs. Pauline McNeil and Mr.  Yao Ming of PRC Embassy after the signing with NRH CEO Dr George Malefoasi and Director Planning and Policy Mr. Ivan Ghemu.

Improvements to Medical Centre at NRH Set to Begin

Construction of a new Comprehensive Medical Centre (CMC) at the Eastern wing of the National Referral Hospital (NRH) is set to kick off, following the signing of minutes of an on-site Feasibility Study of the CMC Project by the Ministry of Health and China Embassy in Solomon Islands.
Volunteers at the wharf helping out with swabbing and COVID-19 testing using RAT kits for arriving passengers from the provinces.

World Bank Increases its COVID-19 Assistance to Solomon Islands

Additional US$8 million to provide immediate support to COVID-19 emergency response, vaccine access and health system strengthening.
Prime Minister Sogavare has indicated that he will be looking to China to fill apparent security gaps in the country’s national security space, despite assurances made to Australia that they remain the country’s preferred partner.

Sogavare Openly Criticizes Australia, Defends Security Agreement with China

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has taken a veiled swipe against Australia, a regional partner and a longtime friend who has stood with Solomon Islands for many years.
“The Government is taking the advice of His Excellency seriously on how to advance this matter forward," Prime Minister Sogavare said.

Government to Consider Four Options on Life of Current Parliament

The Government says it is taking the advice of the Governor General, His Excellency Sir David Vunagi seriously on matters relating to the deferment of the dissolution of the 11th Parliament, Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare told Parliament.

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