Latest News Archive June 2022

Scabies is endemic in the Solomon Islands and according to last year’s survey conducted in 10 villages in all the province, the prevalence rate for scabies is as high as 72 percent.

Health Launches Mass Drug Distribution Campaign Against Yaws and Scabies

The Ministry of Health is preparing a mass drug distribution campaign targeting scabies and yaws at the community level.
Borders are open, fun times for those that choose the Solomon Islands as their next travel destination.

Solomon Islands Opens its Borders Today!

It’s been a long time coming, but our borders are now officially open today.
The pulastic court flooring installed is internationally qualified by FIVB, FIBA, BWF and ITF.

Facelift For High Performance Facility at Sports Institute

National athletes will now have full training access to an international certified court floor that functions as a multipurpose space at the Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport (SINIS) High-Performance.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Jeremiah Manele and his Indian counterpart, the Minister of External Affairs, Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Solomon Islands and India to Enhance Bilateral Cooperation

Solomon Islands and India have renewed and reaffirmed their commitment to enhance bilateral cooperation to new heights.
Central Coast FC will be representing Solomon Islands at the upcoming OFC Champions League.

2022 OFC Champions’ League Group Draw Tomorrow

Central Coast FC, Solomon Islands representative to the 2022 OFC Champions League, will soon know who they will play at the group stage for the coveted OFC Champions League trophy.
“With the training, I want to acknowledge the timely response from the Australian Defense Force (ADF) in terms of training needs. We look forward to ADF ongoing engagement with the RSIPF EOD Unit," said EOD Inspector Clifford Tunuki.

Twelve Explosives Specialists Graduate with Assistance from Australian Defense Force (ADF)

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit has graduated 12 officers after completing level 2 of the International Mine Action Standard (IMAS) course requirements as specialist operators at the EOD facility, East of Honiara.
"Remittances are a key source of income for Pacific Island countries and for many families in our communities. Cost effective remittances and the retention of banking services are vital to the region's economic resilience," said Reserve Bank of Fiji Governor, Ariff Ali.

Central Banks Committed to Economic Prosperity and Wellbeing in South Pacific

At a meeting of South Pacific Central Bank Governors on 20 June 2022, the Governors reconfirmed their commitment to supporting the region's access to cost effective remittances, retention of bank services and improving financial inclusion.
The province has a rich culture and history being the home for the pre-colonial capital of Solomon Islands, Tulagi, and a major stage for the fierce and bloody battles fought during WWII.

Central Islands Province Celebrates Second Appointed Day

Central Islands Province was the first province in the Solomon Islands to achieve self-administration on 29 June 1981, this would be their 41st anniversary!
MID Permanent Secretary Mr. Maesiola and Temotu Provincial Secretary Allan Agassi with the purchase agreement.

MID and Temotu Province Sign SBD$5m Ship Project

The National Government through the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) and the Temotu Provincial Government signed an agreement to purchase a ship worth SB$5 million for the Province.
The English class program is fully funded under RAPPP and will see the Islands Bible Ministries providing English Classes designed to strengthen the English competency skills of the RSIPF new and future recruits.

AFP Supports Delivery of English Classes to RSIPF

The Australian Federal Police (AFP), through the RSIPF-AFP Policing Partnership Program (RAPPP), has entered into an agreement with the Islands Bible Ministries for the delivery of English Classes to the RSIPF recruits.
The Health ministry says numerous submissions of COVID-19 vaccination cards for the yellow cards, only a day before travel, causing great inconveniences to their staff that deal with the verification process.

International Travelers Must Apply for WHO Yellow Card One Week Before Travel

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is calling on all outward bound international travelers to apply at least one week before their departure time for the WHO Yellow card.
Dive sites in the Solomon Islands are wonderfully accessible, with the majority of sites located close to shore with just a few requiring a long journey out on a boat.

Quarantine-free Solomon Islands to Fully Reopen Border on 01 July

After more than 800 days, the Solomon Islands will reopen its border on 01 July with all existing quarantine requirements to be immediately discontinued.
“We also look forward to continuing our work with our travel industry partners as well as Tourism Solomons to ensure Solomon Islands is indelibly placed on the world map as an attractive and accessible international destination,” Gebers said.

Solomon Airlines Welcomes Plans to Reduce Quarantine Requirements for Inbound Passengers

Solomon Airlines has welcomed the news that mandatory quarantine requirements for inbound visitors will be reduced shortly.
The actual date for the official handing over and opening will be announced soon.

Afio Area Health Centre in Malaita Ready for Handover

In just a few weeks’ time, thousands of people within the catchment area of what used to be Afio clinic will now have ease of access to an improved and expanded range of health services that the new Afio Area Health Centre will offer.
“We talked about the Pacific Island Forum that will be coming up and the important agreement that has been made, led by the Fijian prime minister, to make sure the Pacific Island Forum can remain united and strong,” he said.

Albanese, Sogavare Speak for First Time

Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says he and Solomon Islands counterpart Manasseh Sogavare have broken ground with a "constructive discussion".
Premier Suidani assured the visiting team that his government will continue to work closely with the PPC office and his team to make sure Malaita Province is a safe home for his people.

Deputy Police Commissioner Meets with Malaita Premier

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Operation Ms. Juanita Matanga, as part of her provincial tour to Malaita Province, has made a courtesy visit to the Premier of Malaita Province Hon. Daniel Suidani.
PNG says that its success is due to the investments they have put into their athletics programs. PNG chef de mission Kila Dick said it's a big achievement for their team, with all the hard work paying off.

PNG Tops Medal Count at Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games

Papua New Guinea has topped the medal tally at the Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games with 33 gold, 28 silver, and 19 bronze medals.
Nila ACH Manager Moses Lamana (left) and NRH Biomedical Engineer Douglas Rerese (right) looking at the Benchtop Sterilizer.

Health Boost Capacity at the Western Border Ahead of Border Reopening

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) have sent an infrastructure manager, a biomedical officer and two environmental health officers to the Western border.
The Minister expressed the existential threat posed by the impact of Climate Change to Solomon Islands, resulting in economic loss, and the strain on limited financial resources to sustain economic development and growth.

Manele Calls on CHOGM to Support Small Island States

Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Jeremiah Manele reaffirmed Solomon Islands support to the Commonwealth’s priorities and initiatives to addressing global challenges faced by Small Island States (SIS) across the Commonwealth.
The Gasini market house project is an investment worth more than $300,000 and once opened will provide a clean, safe and spacious area for constituents at Gasini and surrounding communities within the Marovo constituency to sell their produce.

Major Marovo Projects Set to Launch

A number of government delegates have now arrived in Marovo ahead of the major launching of the Marovo Constituency livelihood projects on Tuesday 28th June 2022.
Leader of Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale is backing such calls, stating that the government should facilitate the waiver of school fees for the remainder of the 2022 academic year for all affected schools.

Parents Call on Education Authorities to Waive School Fees

While students are excited to be returning to school parents are calling on education authorities to either waive school fees or re-look at the fees being charged for the remainder of the year.
Pro-Vice Chancellor Corporate (PVCC) of SINU, Mr. Shadrach Fanega presents Chupu to Guadalcanal Premier Hon. Francis Sade. The short Chupu presentation was also attended by the Guadalcanal Province’s Minister of Women, Youths and Sports, Hon. Rose Tala.

SINU Holds Chupu Ceremony With Guadalcanal Province

Premier of Guadalcanal Province, Hon.Francis Sade, has attended a low key chupu presentation program at the Local Fusion Cafe, Solomon Islands National University (SINU) campus, today morning.
Dr. Fong says at present the WHO does not recommend that countries adopt any measures that interfere with international traffic for either incoming or outgoing travelers.

Suspected Monkeypox Cases in Fiji

A number of individuals are under investigation for suspected cases of monkeypox and are being preemptively isolated where the index of suspicion is high.
Sisiolo says that as many as 3800 Solomon Islands public servants will continue to rely on the existing Public Service Rental Scheme (PSRS) going forward.

Public Service Looking to Maintain Current Rental Arrangements

The Ministry of Public Service says it may consider maintaining current rental arrangements for government employees with a Cabinet paper being prepared for this.
High Commissioner Jonathan Schwass with Director Tourism and PS Finance.

New Zealand Supports Tourism With SBD$2.8m Grant

With Solomon Islands’ borders reopening soon, Aotearoa New Zealand is pleased to support the country’s tourism sector following the recent signing of a funding arrangement of NZD$550,000 (SBD2.8m) between New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT), and the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT).
Dentist Dr William Hatingongo attending to a patient with the donated dental chair and equipment.

New Dental Equipment for NRH

The National Referral Hospital (NRH) Dental Services Department is once again grateful for donated dental equipment from the Ararat Private Dental Practice and Balarrat Rotary, Victoria Australia.
Police Minister acknowledges the role played by Mr. Osborne as leader of both the RAPPP program and Deputy Commissioner under the Solomon International Assistance Force (SIAF) program.

Police Minister Says Relationship with Australia Robust

The Minister of Police, National Security and Correctional Services (MPNCS) Mr. Anthony Veke says the relationship between the Australian Government and Solomon Islands is ‘always robust’ as the police farewells Commander Paul Osborne.
Jeminah Otoa got the Bronze Medal at the women’s ambulant 100m event.

Athletics Bags Four Medals for Solomon Islands

Athletics has bagged four medals for Solomon Islands at the Northern Marianas 2022 Pacific Mini-Games.
Special Secretary to the Prime Minister (SSPM), Albert Kabui led discussions and explained the rationale of the proposed deferral in line with constitutional processes while also taking time to respond to questions and concerns from church leaders.

Government Holds Open Dialogue with Churches on Election Deferment

An open dialogue on the proposed deferral of the 2023 National General Election between the Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA), the Solomon Islands Full Gospel Association (SIFGA) and the National Government Monday this week led to greater understanding by the two church bodies.
Hon Manuari said MPs should never be given the role to carry out consultations at the first place. He said it is a conflict of interest as the right group for such consultations is the constitutional reform committee in Parliament.

Opposition MP Lashes Out at Tactics Used by Government During Consultations

Member of Parliament for West Makira Constituency Hon Derrick Manuari has described the government’s strategy to use political appointees and losing candidates to speak against Opposition MPs as ‘cheap politics’.
“I want to see the CDF as an engine for the economic growth of this country and I believes this can be achieved through establishing a proper regulatory framework for the CDF,” PS Viulu said.

Ministry of Rural Development Priorities Unveiled

The newly appointed Permanent Secretary for the Solomon Islands Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) Dr. Samson Viulu, has unveiled a range of legislative reforms he plans to achieve during his tenure in office.
“As we move towards a more digitized community, access to energy remains crucial for both individual well-being and national economic development. The Ministry’s priority is to improve barriers standing in the way of promoting Renewable Energy in the rural areas by implementing projects such as SPIRES,” Dr. Vehe added.

Promotion of Renewable Energy & Rural Electricity Through the SPIRES Website

The Solomon Islands Government, through the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, has joined forces with the UN Development Programme to develop the SPIRES project website, aiming to promote rural electricity, clean and renewable energy.
The training in Infections, Prevention and Control (IPC) guideline 2021 were facilitated for health care, medical and public health officers along the Western Border, mainly in the Shortland, Western Province, and in Choiseul province.

Health Training Rolled Out Ahead of Opening Borders

The Ministry of Health continues to further enhance Infection, Prevention, and Control (IPC) measures in health facilities along the border, ahead of the reopening of borders on the 25th of July 2022.
Team Solomon Beach Volleyball duo, Ms. Rose Gwali and Ms. Hannah Donga at the 2022 Mini Games in Northern Marianas.

Female Beach Volleyball Duo Performing Well

The Team Solomon female beach volleyball duo continue to perform well at the Mini Games.
The Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) platform is accessible on basic mobile phones at no cost to the user and contains legal information on a range of areas including family, land and property, civil, criminal, employment, environment and succession.

Legal Information Now at Your Fingertips!

The launch of a new mobile platform by the Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) means that over 460,000 mobile users in Solomon Islands, representing 66.3 percent of the population, will be able to access legal information at their own convenience from their own communities.
Jenly has had an illustrious career in weightlifting, she won the 2013 Oceania Championships in her weight category, the first female weightlifter from the Solomon Islands to do so.

Solomon Islands Golden Girl Shines with 3 Gold Medals at Mini-Games

Jenly Tegu Wini continues her impressive form, bagging 3 Gold Medals at the Northern Marianas 2022 Pacific Mini-Games.
Solomon Islands are currently on 3 Gold Medals, 12 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals.

Solomon Islands Currently 5th in Medal Tally at Pacific Mini-Games

Solomon Islands currently sits at 5th place in the medal tally at the Northern Marianas 2022 Pacific Mini-Games.
SINIS High-Performance newly formed Athlete Advisory Group (AAG) members with the SINIS HP Wellbeing & Lifestyle Coordinator Paul Taka (sitting far left).

SINIS Forms High Performance Athlete Advisory Group (AAG)

Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport (SINIS) High-Performance program has recently formed its Athlete Advisory Group (AAG) committee.
“In many rural and remote communities, the only public servant available in serving the people is a nurse. Hence, nurses have a lot of impact on health service delivery”, explained Mr. Larui, the National Director of Nursing (NDoN).

82 Graduate Nurses Commence Their Supervised Practice Program

A total of 82 nurses, which includes newly graduated nurses from the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and Atoifi College of Nursing in Malaita Province, have commenced their twelve (12) months Supervised Practice Program (internship) as of today.
Dozens of countries have voiced concern about alleged abuses in China’s far western Xinjiang region, and demanded that the United Nations rights chief publish a long-delayed report on the situation there.

Solomon Islands Stands with China in UN Human Rights Council Statement

China’s investments in the Solomon Islands is paying dividends, in the form of support to China on crucial UN votes or joint statements.
“I encourage parents, partners and relatives to look out for signs that might indicate such actions to prevent such sad incidents from happening,” says PPC Lenialu.

Police Investigate Death of Adult Female

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at Munda in Western Province are investigating the death of a female adult who was discovered hanging from a rope tied around her neck.
The advanced analysis software tool has the capability to compare crime scene fingerprints to fingerprints of suspects, which is a huge boost to RSIPF in its fingerprint identification process and active investigations.

Software Tool to Match Crime Scene Fingerprints with Suspects

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is now equipped with a software tool to match fingerprints in crime scenes to suspects.
Incredible footage shows the colours of the sea and the islands under Ben. Ben can be seen in the video leaning over the edge of the boat to get photographs.

Is it a Bird or a Plane? It’s a WHAT?

It’s a flying boat, yes you read right a flying boat!
Foreign Minister Manele and senior government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade.

Manele Concludes Meetings at WTO Ministerial Conference

Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Jeremiah Manele concluded his participation at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) after the conference was extended by an additional day, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Penny Wong took time to visit King George VI school, there to witness the roll out of the Pfizer vaccine to students at the school - Australia being one of the main funders of the Pfizer vaccine - which ensures students can return to school and resume learning safely.

Australia's Foreign Minister in Honiara, Visits Schools and Communities

Australia's Foreign Minister Penny Wong met with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare today, the first visit to Honiara by the new Australian government.
Over 40 representatives from nine provinces including the electoral, development, and human rights sectors gathered together to identify practical activities which can be undertaken to contribute to enhancing women’s leadership and political representation in the country.

Women’s Leadership and Equal Participation - Key for Positive Change

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) joins hands with the Solomon Islands Government and the Australian Government to organize a four-day Outstanding Women Training and Planning Workshop.
Guests at the handing over of the vehicle, tools and resources to Divit Training Centre.

Australia Supports Divit Rural Training Centre With New Vehicle and Resources

Through the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC), Australia has provided Divit Rural Training Centre (RTC) with a new vehicle and tools and resources to strengthen its training delivery.
The new Australian government says it was committed to deepening cooperation with the Solomon Islands on shared challenges.

Penny Wong To Visit Solomon Islands for Discussions with Sogavare

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong will travel to Solomon Islands on Friday for discussions with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and senior members of his cabinet.
The resumption of service would give US travelers better access to Solomon Islands via Fiji Airways direct Los Angeles - Nadi - Honiara services.

Tourism Solomons Welcomes Fiji Airways Announcement

Tourism Solomons has welcomed the resumption of Fiji Airways flight between the Solomon Islands and Fiji from 02 July 2022, seeing the move as a major step towards the country re-joining the world after more than two-years border closure.
"Chinese troops can prevent spillover effects of regional instabilities from affecting China, secure vital transport routes for strategic materials like oil, or safeguard China's overseas investments, projects and personnel," the report in the Global Times said.

China Announce Plans to Allow Military to Undertake 'Armed Forces Operations' Abroad

Analysts say China's leader Xi Jinping has set the legal basis for an expansion of the Chinese military's role in other countries, just weeks after Beijing signed a security pact with Solomon Islands.
Representatives from the media and (L-R) SIIP Program Manager Kezia Dorazio, AHC Ag First Secretary Infrastructure, Rebecca Lane, SIIP SC co-chair and Australian High Commissioner Dr Lachlan Strahan, SIIP Infrastructure Lead Tony Telford, AHC Counsellor Economic Alison Purnell and AHC Senior Program Manager Infrastructure Eric Lui.

Australia Speaks to Media on SBD$1.5 Billion Infrastructure Partnership with Solomon Islands

Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr Jimmie Rodgers, and Australian High Commissioner, Dr Lachlan Strahan, spoke to the media yesterday about the Solomon Islands Infrastructure Program (SIIP) – Australia’s flagship 10-year SBD1.5 billion partnership with Solomon Islands.
Ms. Ukebule said in line with the existing traditional border framework, multi law enforcement agencies will look after the border communities to ensure communities and border relationships are maintained.

Solomon Islands Police Prepare for Reopening of Borders on 1st July

As part of the preparation for border reopening on 1 July 2022, the officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have gone through a brief training conducted by Solomon Island Immigration and Australian Border Force (ABF) at Kulitanai Police Station in the Western border between PNG and Solomon Islands recently.
The project will also support coastal fisheries through activities to ensure Pacific fishers, their families, and their communities see lasting benefits from the seafood sector into the future.

World Bank Approves New Project to Improve Solomon Islands’ Fisheries Sector

The World Bank's Board of Directors have approved a new World Bank project that will work to improve regional collaboration, national capacity and management, and the sustainable longer-term development of Solomon Islands' vital fisheries sector.
“As time progresses, we are seeing our operations gradually return, which is a relief in light of the many challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to our Provinces,” said Brett Gebers, CEO of Solomon Airlines.

Flights to Temotu Resumes This Week

Solomon Airlines has announced that regular passenger flights both to and from Temotu Province will resume this week.
The thermometers will support schools to ensure that children who enter the premises are not suffering from high body temperature and fever, one of the common symptoms of COVID-19.

Thousands of Thermometers Given to Schools to Ensure Safe Re-opening

UNICEF and the Government of New Zealand, handed over more than 4,000 infrared thermometers to the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) in Solomon Islands. Funded through a Global Partnership for Education (GPE) grant, the thermometers will support the safe re-opening of all schools in the country.
The Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games 2022 are being held on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota from June 17th -25th, 2022.

Team Solomon Depart For the Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games 2022

Team Solomon left the country this morning headed to the Northern Marianas for the Pacific Mini Games 2022.
Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Mr. Patterson Oti, reiterates that the Commission's mandate as stated in the Constitution is still the same regardless of whichever option is taken.

Snap Election or Deferment? Electoral Commission Convenes Workshop to Prepare for Elections

The question on everyone’s mind is whether there will be a snap election or a late dissolution of Parliament.
The acting Prime Minister stated that the dedication and the turning of the soil on the site for the proposed university is in line with the government’s overall policy to strengthen institutional response to quality education.

Anglican Church of Melanesia Prepares to Build New University

The National Government congratulates the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) for the dedication and turning of the soil of the site for the development of the John Coleridge Patterson University at Central Guadalcanal over the weekend.
“We anticipate being in a position to expand our network further, including adding our own weekly service to Fiji as soon as the next travel advisory is released, which is expected to reduce quarantine to 3 days,” Mr Gebers said.

Solomon Airlines Plans to Add More International Destinations

National carrier plans for new schedule effective from August Solomon Airlines has confirmed the airline’s twice-weekly flights between Brisbane and Honiara will be maintained as the national carrier awaits further easing of travel restrictions to plan a broader international schedule.
“This is the first crew we are putting out to fish for our company post-covid so it is particularly symbolic for us that it is also our very first all female deck crew. We know they will make us proud,” said SeaQuest CEO, Brett Haywood.

First Female Crew Set Course for Pacific Fishing Industry

Opening career pathways and providing equal opportunities for women is the focus of a world-first initiative that sees an all-female deck crew set off on their first fishing trip on a tuna longline vessel, today.
The main agenda of the meeting focuses on putting an action plan by respective stakeholders and through collaborative efforts towards the development of nature-based sustainable livelihoods which are compatible with the World Heritage value.

East Rennell World Heritage Stakeholder Dialogue Held

A stakeholder consultation dialogue on East Rennell World Heritage Site organized by Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) and United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was held last week 31st May, 2022 at the Heritage Park conference centre.
The handing over was followed by basic training on the equipment and a simulation exercise to test the effectiveness of SIMS new SMS early warning system currently being developed with financial support from the AHP.

Schools in Makira Ulawa Equipped With Weather Tracking Devices

Four Schools and eight communities in Makira Ulawa Province took delivery of new Tropical Cyclone Tracking Maps and basic weather equipment’s at the provincial capital Kirakira on Wednesday 1st June 2022.
H.E Thomas Coward meets with the acting Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga.

UK Discuss Priority Projects with Government

British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, H.E. Thomas Edward Coward visited the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet yesterday to begin dialogue with care taker Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga on the national government’s priority projects.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) National Security and Operation Support Mr Ian Vaevaso.

Police: “Knoxly Atu Surrendered Himself”

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) wishes to inform the Public that Knoxley Atu has surrendered to police in recent weeks.
The make shift apartment belongs to a Chinese state company, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), which won a bid to build the seven major projects for the Pacific Games, including the main stadium.

House Accommodating Pacific Games Chinese Workers Burns

The make shift apartment housing Chinese workers at the Pacific Games compound has caught fire.
"The most important outcome is the, the unity of the Pacific."

Pacific Leaders Resolve PIF Leadership Crises

Pacific Island leaders have resolved a leadership crisis that has crippled the region’s peak diplomatic body.
“The debrief session aims to go through the assessment forms with individual athletes and help them develop an individual athlete wellbeing and lifestyle road map or plan,” SINIS said in a statement.

Rugby 7s Players Work on Other Aspects of the Game

The national rugby 7s training squad (men and women) are currently conducting a High-Performance Wellbeing & Lifestyle Performance (WLP) debrief today at the Solomon Islands National Institute of Sports (SINIS).
Sources close to the government say another option that could be on the table is a snap election early next year, although such an option would be a challenge logistically.

Sogavare On a Mission to Extend Parliament

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is currently on tour to his constituency of East Choiseul, high on the agenda is the deferment of the national general elections by one year.
New Zealand High Commissioner says his country is steadfast in supporting a stable region and adds that a healthy diplomatic relationship is more important than ever as we continue to address the need for cooperation and cohesion across the region.

PM Receives Courtesy Call From New Zealand’s High Commissioner

Prime Minister (Acting), Hon. Manasseh Maelanga has extended warm greetings to New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Jonathan Schwass.
Mr Damiri was able to use his savings to buy a vehicle to start a business, and planned to put some of the money he earned in a second stint working at the farm towards building a home.

Work in Australia Improves Livelihood for Young Solomon Islanders

For Junior Amos Damiri, the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme provided the opportunity to get his married life in Solomon Islands off to the right start.
"Geopolitical point-scoring means less than little to anyone whose community is slipping beneath the rising seas," said Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

Pacific Nations Walk Away from Trade and Security Deal with China

Pacific Island countries have agreed not to sign a region-wide trade and security deal with China after a high-level meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his counterparts from 10 Pacific nations in Fiji.
Cutting the cake (L-R) - Customer Care Coordinator Lucy Habu, Solomon Water Board Chairman Donald Marahare, Solomon Water CEO Ian Gooden.

Solomon Water Opens Customer Service Centre in East Honiara

Solomon Water says it strives to provide "our customers with safe and reliable water and wastewater services and with extensive, inclusive customer support."