Latest News Archive September 2022

President of the Hockey Federation, Winki Yee, commended participants for the successful completion of the program, saying that such initiatives will have significant influence upon players and coaches, helping them to grow in the game of hockey.

Hockey Coaches Complete Foundation Courses at SINIS

23 hockey coaches completed a 2days Coach Foundation Course with the Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport - SINIS Coach Development department together with technical support from the Solomon Islands Hockey Federation (SIHF) on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2022.
Prime Minister Sogavare says that the current trend is driving humanity towards a three degrees’ Celsius world, which he says is not “a world we wish to bequeath to our future generations.”

Climate Change is the Single Greatest Threat to Our People: Sogavare

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday, and singled out climate change as the “single greatest threat to our people and the planet.”
Prime Minister Sogavare urges the body representing small Island states to call on the UN High Level Panel on the MVI to provide a timeline on delivery of the final report.

Sogavare Supports Call For Adoption of New Index to Measure Vulnerability

Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has told a meeting of the head of states and governments of Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) that Solomon Islands fully supports the organization’s objective to push for the Adoption of Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI) at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The Theme of the Pacific Media Summit 2022 is -“The digital revolution - turning threats into opportunities for the Pacific Media.”

MASI Ready to Host Reginal Media Summit

Chairman of the Pacific Media Summit (PMS) 2022 and Vice President of Media Association Solomon Islands (MASI) Douglas Marau says Solomon Islands is ready to host our media regional delegates next week.
The United Party candidate is among the six candidates who contested in the by-election.

Claudius Tei’ifi Wins West Kwaio Parliamentary Seat

Claudius Tei'ifi has won the West Kwaio Parliamentary seat. The newly elected MP contested under the Solomon Islands United Party (UP) banner.
Participants during the SICD Policy consultation facilitated by the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) in Honiara for Renbel Province participants.

Renbel Wants Robust Mechanism to Control CDF

Rennell and Bellona (Renbel) Province has showed overwhelming support for the first ever Solomon Islands Constituency Development (SICD) Policy intention as they expressed their desire for a robust mechanism to control the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
H.E Radu Gabriel Safta and PM Acting Honorable Manasseh Maelanga.

Romanian Ambassador Paid Courtesy Visit to Acting PM Maelanga

Romania’s new Ambassador His Excellency Radu Gabriel Safta paid a courtesy visit to Acting Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet today.
“These sessions are for all athletes across all sports. Mental skills training (MST) refers to the systematic and consistent practice of mental skills for the purpose of building a better performance.”

SINIS Works on Mental Strengthening for Athletes

The Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport (SINIS) introduced mental skills training with the mission to work with athletes and coaches across all sports.
The rare arts collection industry is worth billions of dollars, yet the rarity of the art is tied to the history of a people hundreds of miles away from the collector’s arts studio.

A Traditional Comb from Kwaio Sold For SBD$10,000

The art and culture of the Solomon Islands is diverse and unique. It is also prized by collectors around the World.
The IT department at the ministry will not comment, referring all queries back to the information desk.

Government Revenue Collection System Fails

Government revenue over the past few days have not been collected because of a failure in the IT systems.
Margret Desi from Vure Village in North Choiseul travelled to Honiara when relatives told her that the demand for Regukamaha was high. She has been in Honiara for almost two weeks, selling the Regukamaha as a street vendor.

Locals Turn to Homemade Herbal Medicine as NCD Numbers Spike

Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are on the rise, and many that suffer from such health complications are turning to homemade herbal medicines for treatment.
Australian High Commissioner hands over new training shoes to Solomon Islands Pacific Games athletes at SINIS.

Australia Supports Solomon Islands Pacific Games Athletes with 850 New Training Shoes

Australia has supplied Solomon Islands athletes with 850 new pair of training shoes as they prepare for the upcoming Pacific Games in 2023.
SIPA’s Chief Executive officer (CEO) Mr. Eranda Kotelawala, and the Permanent Secretary of MID Mr. Stephen Maesiola signing the MOU.

Solomon Ports to Provide Traffic Lights for Honiara City

The Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) today for the provision of Traffic Lights, warning sign boards, and road markings for Honiara City.
“Construction work on the project is progressing with materials for the project finishing works already delivered at Jejevo except for the 100 layer chicks and the stockfeed which will be shipped to the project site as soon as the project is fully completed," said the Constituency Project Officer (CPO) Terence Gnokro.

Bara Community to Benefit from CDF Funded Poultry Project

Bara community within Maringe-Kokota Constituency (MKC) in Isabel Province will soon benefit from a poultry project worth SBD$89,035.00.
“Climate change is already impacting our islands and economy. As such, the Solomon Islands and other Pacific countries are in constant mode of recovery from disasters," said Honorable Sofu.

Solomon Islands Ranked Second in Terms of Disaster Risk

Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Honorable Stanley Festus Sofu (MP) told delegates at the Asia- Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) that the Solomon Islands is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
The Foreign Minister of Barbados Senator Dr. Jerome X. Walcott and Hon. Jeremiah Manele.

Solomon Islands and Barbados Formalizes Diplomatic Relations

Solomon Islands and Barbados have formally established diplomatic relations on 19 September 2022 at a special ceremony in New York.
Minister Manele and his counterpart from Qatar also discussed potential areas for cooperation and support towards the 2023 Pacific Games next year.

Minister Manele Discusses Potential Support With Qatari Counterpart

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Jeremiah Manele met with his Qatari counterpart Mr. Sultan Bin Saad Al Muraikhi at the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on 19 September 2022.
The main highlight will be when the Prime Minister delivers the Solomon Islands National Statement this Friday between 9am and 2:45pm New York time.

Sogavare Arrives in New York for UNGA

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Damukana Sogavare has arrived in New York City to participate in the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Chairman of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) Mr. Patterson Oti meets with Mr. Levan Bouadze, Permanent Representative of UNDP Pacific Office, and UNDP Country Manager for Solomon Islands Mr. Berdi Berdiyev.

Electoral Commission Chairman Meets With Senior UNDP Representative

Chairman of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) Mr. Patterson Oti has met with Mr. Levan Bouadze, Permanent Representative of UNDP Pacific Office, and UNDP Country Manager for Solomon Islands Mr. Berdi Berdiyev.
New Zealand’s Deputy High Commissioner, Kate Bradlow, speaking at the launch of the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative’s (PSDI) ‘Leadership Matters’ report.

Women CEO’s in Solomon Islands Surpass Global Average: Bradlow

New Zealand’s Deputy High Commissioner, Kate Bradlow, has highlighted an important milestone for the Solomon Islands while speaking to a cohort of women leaders at the launch of the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative’s (PSDI) ‘Leadership Matters’ report.
Rocky remained at the centre of things early in the second half, his header forcing a smart save from Wareen Hlupa.

New Caledonia Defeats Solomon Islands in OFC U-19 Quarter Finals

New Caledonia have set up an OFC U-19 Championship 2022 semi-final clash with Fiji after claiming a tight 1-0 triumph over the Solomon Islands in their quarter-final clash at Stade Pater in Papeete, Tahiti.
New Zealand are now the new Oceania Futsal champions after defeating Solomon Islands 6-2.

New Zealand Ends Solomon Islands Dominance in Futsal

New Zealand have won the OFC Futsal Cup 2022 after a brilliant performance in Sunday’s Cup final, which saw them beat Solomon Islands 6-2 at the Vodafone Arena in Suva, Fiji.
Hon. Seleso further assured the Ministry’s commitment to “coordinate with all the implementing partners for the smooth delivery of this important service delivery project.”

Strengthening Local Governance for Better Service Delivery in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islanders will now have better service delivery at the local level as the European Union (EU), together with UNDP and UNICEF, and the Solomon Islands Government today launched a new EUR 8 million (SBD 65.5m) project on provincial governance.
His Excellency Roi Rosenblit presented his Credentials to the Acting Governor General, Hon. Patterson Oti this morning.

Israeli Ambassador to Solomon Islands Presents Credentials

The Ambassador of Israel to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Roi Rosenblit has presented His Credentials to the Acting Governor General, Hon. Patterson Oti this morning.
But the day belonged to the Mana brothers who exploded with goals ushering in a new era in Solomon Islands Futsal.

Solomon Islands Beats New Caledonia 9-3 in OFC Futsal Cup 2022

The Solomon Islands Kurukuru are off to a flying start defeating New Caledonia 9-3 to open up their campaign at the OFC Futsal Cup 2022 in Suva, Fiji.
He says now is the time to reaffirm that democracy, development, and human rights are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.

Polarization is Undermining Democratic Institutions: UN Secretary General

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the International Day of Democracy.
Solomon Islands held the lowest share of women on boards in the Leadership Matters report, with the proportion of women board directors (11%) and board chairs (0%) lower than the Pacific regional average and global average.

Women in Boardroom Less than 11% in Solomon Islands, Study Reveals

The private sector presents opportunities for women to take on leadership roles in Solomon Islands and across the Pacific, but consistent advocacy and effort are critical to increase their boardroom representation, according to the Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI).
New Zealand celebrate scoring against the Solomon Islands at the OFC U-19 Championship 2022.

New Zealand Tops Group A With 6-0 Win Over Solomon Islands

New Zealand have secured top spot in Group A at the OFC U-19 Championship 2022 after a comfortable 6-0 win over Solomon Islands at Stade Fautaua in Papeete, Tahiti.
Gender-Community Liaison Officer for TRHDP, Helen Dolaiano speaking to the participants before the training proper starts.

Making a Difference - More Women Trained With Life Skills

More women from Tina River catchment communities are attending a four-day life-skills which commenced on Tuesday at Mataruka village.
The OFC U-19 Championship will decide the under-19 champions of Oceania and also decides who will represent Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) at the biennial FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Solomon Islands Takes on New Zealand in Quarter Finals

Solomon Islands U-19 have qualified for the quarterfinals after two wins in Group A. They will take on Group leaders New Zealand tomorrow.
King Charles the III during his recent visit to the Solomon Islands.

King Charles III Officially Declared Head of State of Solomon Islands

King Charles III was officially declared the Head of State for Solomon Islands following his Ascension to the Throne on Monday 8 September 2022.
The consultations identified issues and problems under the current constituency development practices through the Constituency Development Funds (CDFs).

Consultation on Constituency Development Policy Successfully Held in Central Province

A five- member team from the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) has successfully conducted two-days consultations on the first ever Solomon Islands Constituency Development (SICD) Policy concept, at the Tulagi Island Lodge in Central Province (CIP) from 6th – 7th September, 2022.
Government officials and participants during the opening of the first day of consultation in Munda, Western Province.

Toiraena: Robust Framework Needed to Achieve Better Outcomes in Constituencies

Deputy Provincial Secretary (DPS) and Provincial Secretary (PS) Acting of Western Provincial Government (WPG), Patrick Toiraena says the country needs a robust framework towards achieving better outcomes in terms of Constituency Development.
The eleventh Parliament will now dissolve on 31 December 2023, and the bill will cease to be effective on 1st January 2024. The national general elections will be held within four months from that date.

Parliament Passes Bill to Defer Elections to 2024

The upcoming national general elections will now be held in 2024 after Parliament passed the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2022 to defer the national general election.
The Queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, in Mayfair, London, on 21 April 1926. She died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.

Queen Elizabeth II Has Died

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.
Solomon Islands U-19 celebrate one of their goals over American Samoa U-19 at the OFC U-19 Championships 2022 in Tahiti.

Solomon Islands Shines in Opening Match Against American Samoa

A hat-trick from Paul Francis helped the Solomon Islands to a comfortable 6-0 win over American Samoa in the opening game of the OFC U-19 Championship 2022 in Tahiti.
The alleged murder happened at Boromole Village at Komuporo area in north Guadalcanal in the early hours of Tuesday morning, 6 September 2022.

Police Arrest Suspect Over Murder of 55-Year-Old Man

Police arrest a male adult person for alleged murder of a 55-year-old male person in Guadalcanal Province.
The restart of operations follows a successful test flight conducted on Tuesday using Kirakira as an alternate fuel stop.

Regular Flights to Lomlom to Restart Next Week

Solomon Airlines has announced that regular passenger flights both to and from Lomlom will restart from next week.
Parliament should have been dissolved in May 2023, but should government have its way an amendment to the constitution will delay the dissolution of parliament until December 31, 2023.

Decision Day: “Will it be 2023 or 2024”

Parliament will get to decide today when the next national general elections will be held.
Deputy Secretary Technical (DST) Hugo Hebala (second from left back row) with Deputy Secretary Corporate Constance Wane, from left front row with MRD officials who will conduct the consultation and Monitoring and Evaluation activities.

MRD in Munda For Consultations on Constituency Development Policy

A delegation from the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) is in Munda, Western Province to conduct consultation with its stakeholders on the first ever Solomon Islands Constituency Development (SICD) Policy.
H.E Retno Marsudi on her arrival in Honiara earlier today.

Foreign Minister of Indonesia Arrives in Honiara

The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia, Her Excellency Retno Marsudi, arrives today in Honiara for a one-day visit.
“This is a serious constitutional amendment that affects the life of the house. So why the rush? For whose interest?” he questioned.

Wale Probes PM Over Decision to Rush Constitutional Amendment Bill

Opposition Leader Hon Matthew Wale has questioned the Prime Minister as to why he rushing the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2022 to extend Parliament and for whose interest.
The first reading of the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2022 to amend the country’s constitution to defer the National General Election from 2023 to 2024 was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday 6th September and expected for second reading on Thursday. It is also anticipated to be debated and passed on Thursday 8 September, 2022.

Businesses Call for Calm as Leaders Deliberate on Constitutional Amendment bill

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), as the peak body representing private sector, is calling for peace and stability as the country’s elected Members of Parliament (MPs) deliberate on the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2022 this week in Parliament.
Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Steven Athas, from San Diego, sands down paint from a swing set during a renovation project at the Rove Children’s Park during Pacific Partnership 2022.

US Navy Engineers Busy as Bees Throughout Solomon Islands

U.S. Navy engineers, known as Seabees, are conducting repairs and enhancement projects throughout Honiara as part of Pacific Partnership 2022.
“It has exposed Sogavare and his government’s real selfish agenda to hold on to power,” he said.

Kenilorea Slams PM's Response to Australia’s Offer to Fund Elections Next Year

Chairman of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee Hon Peter Kenilorea Junior has slammed the Prime Minister’s response to Australia’s offer to fund the National General Elections next year.
(Left-Right) MHMS Permanent Secretary Mrs. Pauline McNeil, Health Minister Dr Culwick Togamana, WB Health Economist and project mission team leader, Mr. Netsanet Walelign Workie and WB Solomon Islands Health Specialist Mr. Wayne Irava.

Health Minister Greets and Meets with World Bank Mission Team

Health Minister Hon. Dr. Culwick Togamana hosted breakfast for the the visiting World Bank (WB) Mission team currently in the country.
The initiative is implemented by UNDP Solomon Islands and has received financial assistance from the Australian High Commission, Solomon Islands.

UNDP Join Forces With BSP to Help Rural Women Open Bank Accounts

UNDP Solomon Islands joined forces with BSP Financial Group Limited to open bank accounts for free for over 50 women in Guadalcanal province, encouraging more women and girls to gain financial independence.
Of the 10 deaths, 4 had influenza A H3, 1 with chlamydia pneumonia, 2 had no swabs taken, 1 swab was invalid and 1 swab returned negative for any viruses or bacteria and the other result is still pending.

Drop in Influenza Cases Though Not Yet in the Clear: MHMS

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) says nationally there’s been a 49% decrease in the total number of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) cases reported between Aug 19 and 25.
Mr Sogavare told parliament that vessels from Australia would be exempt due to its participation in a treaty.

Solomon Islands Exempts Navy Vessels From Australia and New Zealand

Navy vessels from Australia and New Zealand will be exempt from a temporary ban on foreign ships entering the ports of the Solomon Islands, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told parliament yesterday.
In July, the Biden administration announced a set of actions to enhance the US-Pacific islands partnership, including plans to open new embassies and secure USD$60 million per year for the next 10 years.

US President Joe Biden to Host First-ever Summit with Pacific Island Leaders

President Joe Biden will host a first-ever summit with leaders of Pacific island nations in late September, the White House said Friday, signaling US interest in the region where China is seeking to expand its influence.
Mrs. Pauline McNeil Health Permanent Secretary & Mr. Netsanet Walelign Workie, WB Mission team leader & Senior Health Economist of WB chairing the joint MHMS, MoFT & WB meeting on the implementation of the WB Funded health project.

World Bank Mission In Country to Support MHMS Health Project

A World Bank (WB) mission is currently in Honiara, providing technical support towards the implementation of the current USD$13 million health project, funded by WB through the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFt) and managed and implemented by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) through its Project Management Unit (PMU).
Tourism Solomons Head of Sales & Marketing, Fiona Teama, Tourism Solomons Australia/NZ Industry Marketing Representative, Richard Skewes, Solomon Airlines’ National Sales manager, Raquel Oliveira, Tourism Solomons Acting CEO, Dagnal Dereveke, and Tourism Solomons PR Consultant, Mike Parker-Brown.

Solomons Islands is ‘Good To Go’ in Australia

After more than 800 days cut off from the rest of the world, a senior Tourism Solomons team has hit the ground running in Sydney and Brisbane, its aim to reinstate the destination’s presence and relationships on the Australian travel industry scene as quickly as possible.
Far right National Healthy Settings Coordinator Mr. Ben Rickie and (second in front row) Dr. Edgar Pollard presented basic clean-up tools to Halavo community on behalf of Rotary Australia, WHO and MHMS.

Health Targets Malaria Hotspots as Cases Soar

The Ministry of Health and Medical services (MHMS) is targeting Malaria hotspot areas, starting with Central Province.
RSIPF Commissioner Mr Mostyn Mangau presents a certificate of appreciation and a RSIPF plaque as a token of appreciation to RAPPP Advisor James David Miller.

RSIPF Farewells a RAPPP advisor

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) on 31 August 2022 bid farewell to Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) Policing Partnership Program (RAPPP) Advisor James David Miller.
Capt. Henry Kim Commander of the Pacific Partnership Mission presenting gift to the Ministry of Health and received by Health Permanent Secretary, Mrs Pauline McNeil.

Pacific Partnership Mission Pays Courtesy Visit to Ministry of Health

In a courtesy meeting yesterday morning Capt. Henry Kim, commander of the Pacific Partnership Mission to the Solomon Islands, and Mrs. Pauline McNeil, Health Permanent Secretary, both highlighted the need for continued partnership and collaboration for better health care service for Solomon Islanders.
PGC President Vidhya Lakhan says he is satisfied that the Pacific Games preparations are on track.

Pacific Games Council President Satisfied With Preparations

The Pacific Games Council (PGC) has commended Solomon Islands for the progress made in its preparations for next year’s Sol2023 Pacific Games.
“This is one of our greatest needs and seeing our children and mothers collecting fresh water at our doorstep now is something we are thankful for," said Charles Bice, Chairman of Pisage community within Maringe-Kokota Constituency (MKC) in Isabel Province.

Maringe-Kokota Constituency Gets Fresh Water

Chairman of Pisage community within Maringe-Kokota Constituency (MKC) in Isabel Province has thanked the national government through MKC Office for funding their community water supply project.