Latest News Archive May 2024

Guadalcanal Premier Willie Atu receives a bus for Guadalcanal Province, who is one of the 11 recipients.

Manele Hands Over Pacific Games Buses

Prime Minister and Minister for Pacific Games Jeremiah Manele has handover over keys to recipients of 20 Indian-donated Tata buses at the National Stadium.
The workshops, organized by SIART PMU in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture officers and market access stakeholders, were designed to identify key training areas.

Project Facilitates Development of Agriculture Training Manual

The Solomon Islands Agriculture and Rural Transformation (SIART) Project supported the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) by conducting three stakeholders' workshops over the past two weeks.
The idea of “start small, think big” struck him when he learned to utilize resources at home to generate income.

Thriving Through Humble Beginnings

Jimmy Cheadi, a father of eight children from Areatakiki in Guadalcanal Province, Solomon Islands, discovered the power of “start small, think big”.
Turning 62 this year, Solomon Airlines is one of the oldest airlines in the Pacific Region and is committed long term to ensuring easy flight access for our people, our visitors and friends, our seasonal workers and corporate travellers who need to move within the region.

SolAir Commence Services Between Vanuatu and NZ

Solomon Airlines has commence direct flights between Port Vila and Auckland from 27 May and linking services between Vanuatu and New Zealand.
Australia committed over SBD10m to the project, which is being delivered by local builder Tropic Group Builders, creating over 30 local jobs during the construction phase.

Honiara Central Market Redevelopment on Track

The expansion of Honiara’s Central Market is on track with the concrete slab being poured this weekend and the concrete pedestals for the market’s new large western roof now in place.
"Our 2024 marketing strategy is all about reconnecting with our key source markets and sharing the unique beauty and culture of the Solomon Islands."

Visitor Numbers Up 24% in 2024 Quarter 1

Figures released by the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) for Q1 reveal exciting growth in tourism, with the islands welcoming 4,903 visitors—a remarkable 24 percent increase from 3,940 during the same period in 2023.
The introduction of electronic tablets is set to revolutionize how provincial governments officers monitor and evaluate the implemented activities of the project.

Tablets to Modernize Monitoring and Evaluation Practice

One of the main objectives of the Provincial Governments and Service Delivery Project (PGSD) is strengthening the capacity of the Solomon Islands government for better service delivery at provincial level.
Once complete the centre will provide first class birthing, pre and post-natal care services for women, as well as eye, dental, pathology, x-ray and ultrasound and pharmacy services.

Work to Commence at Naha Birthing and Urban Health Centre

The construction of the new SBD250m/AUD45m Naha Birthing and Urban Health Centre in East Honiara, Solomon Islands has officially commenced.
Prime Minister Manele said the country’s road to recovery in the aftermath of the COVID -19 global pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the 2021 riots were not easy but Hon. Sogavare has demonstrated exemplary leadership amidst those challenges.

Prime Minister Manele Pays Tribute to Sogavare

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Jeremiah Manele has paid tribute to former Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare for his steadfast leadership in the last five years as head of the former Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA).
Australia's SBD 18 million contribution to establish a new Border Management System, will digitise Solomon Islands’ visa processing, border entries and exits and boosting the economic benefits of migration.

Australia Supports New Border Management System

Solomon Islands Minister for Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Hon. Jimson Tanangada has welcomed the new Australian-funded Border Management System for Solomon Islands – saying the system is an important agenda for any State as this defines its sovereignty and integrity.
The MOA was signed at the HCC Office between the HCC City Clerk Mr Justus Denni and the Vice President of SIBF Mr Douglas Marau.

City Council Signs MOA with Basketball Federation

The Solomon Islands Basketball Federation (SIBF) and the Honiara City Council (HCC) has signed a Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) for the Multi-Purpose Hall to be the official venue for the High School Basketball Competition (HSBC) 2024.
Participants engaged in sessions that covered the fundamentals of M&E, updated methods and tools, data collection techniques, and the utilization of M&E findings to enhance project performance and accountability.

M & E Training Strengthens WASH Implementation

UNDP with the Ministry of Provincial Governance and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) and UNICEF successfully concluded a comprehensive weeklong training on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and strengthening the capacity of provincial government officers in designing, budgeting, planning, and implementation.
Australia was acknowledged for its significant financial contribution of AU$25 million [SBD135 million] that enabled the country’s historic joint election last month.

Australia's Support to Elections, Games and Infrastructure Applauded

Australia’s huge support in helping Solomon Islands achieve its target of hosting a successful 2023 Pacific Games, the recent Joint National and Provincial Elections and ongoing Infrastructure development programmes has been applauded.
Solomon Islands has approximately 6,800 PALM workers in Australia with the Government envisioning that by 2028, Solomon Islands would have 16,000 PALM workers in Australia.

Value of Labor Mobility Highlighted

Prime Minister Jeremiah Manele has highlighted the value of Australia’s Pacific Labour Mobility scheme as an important source of revenue for Solomon Islands during his meeting with the visiting Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles.
“Your visit speaks volumes of the depth and strength of our bilateral relations and let me assure you that Australia remains Solomon Islands’ Partner of Choice and I want to see our relationship grow to new heights during my tenure as Prime Minister,” Manele said.

Solomon Islands and Australia Held Fruitful Discussions

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Jeremiah Manele and the visiting Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Richard Marles held fruitful discussions yesterday as the two leaders sought to further strengthen the cordial relations between the two countries.
Through this initiative, communities are empowered to adopt sustainable practices that not only improve their economic prospects but also contribute to environmental conservation.

Turning Sea Grapes into Sustainable Beauty Products

In a groundbreaking initiative, women from four communities in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands have launched a new line of body lotion and soap made from sustainably harvested sea grapes.
The MOU paves the way for WVSI to sub-grant KGA for implementing the Nature Based Opportunities Underpinning Resilient and Sustainable Households (NOURISH) project's Livelihood program in Makira, with a specific focus on Climate-Smart Agriculture.

World Vision Partners with Kastom Garden to Support Makira

World Vision Solomon Islands (WVSI) and Kastom Gaden Association (KGA) solidified their commitment to strengthening food security in Makira through a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this week in Honiara.
The appointment of Hon. Cathy Nori marks a step towards greater gender representation in the Solomon Islands' political landscape.

Hon. Nori is First Ever Female Deputy Chair of Caucus

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Jeremiah Manele, has made a historic appointment by naming Hon. Cathy Nori, MP for Maringe Kokota, as the first-ever female Deputy Chair of Caucus.
“The most important priority for the Government for National Unity and Transformation is economic transformation. We will work with all stakeholders in addressing this priority.”

Manele Calls for Support to Economic Growth

Solomon Islands, Prime Minister, Hon. Jeremiah Manele has extended his call to all stakeholders including the private sector, development partners and civil society to support the National Government in efforts to grow the national economy.
With the unwavering support of the Global Fund and the dedication of all stakeholders, the nation is poised to overcome the challenges posed by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

US$8 Million by Global Fund to Combat Tuberculosis and Malaria

The Solomon Islands celebrates a monumental step forward in the battle against tuberculosis and malaria after the signing of a crucial new grant agreement with the Global Fund.
The visit will provide an opportunity to discuss recent support provided to the election, the broader economic, development and security partnership.

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Visits Solomon Islands

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Hon. Richard Marles, is currently in Honiara, Solomon Islands this week.
The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the Solomon Islands Government’s priorities for its first 100 days in office and on both countries’ development partnership going forward.

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Meets Manele

New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters and a delegation of Parliamentarians from New Zealand made a brief stop-over in Honiara to meet with the Prime Minister, Hon. Jeremiah Manele and selected members of his cabinet yesterday.
While in the Solomon Islands providing election support, the Australian Defence Force worked with MEHRD to efficiently distribute the textbooks to Makira, Choiseul, and Temotu provinces.

Australia Delivers School Books Across Solomon Islands

The Australian Defence Force, in collaboration with the Education Sector Support Program and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD), completed deliveries weighing an estimated 5,000 kgs of educational resources to three provinces across the Solomon Islands.

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