Politics Archive March 2010

President Ma Ying-Jeou says Taiwan has ceased "its diplomatic tug-of-war with China and the two sides are now working in a dignified and cooperative manner."

Taiwan is No Longer Competing With China: President Ma

Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou has become only the second State Leader to address Parliament, and he used the opportunity to highlight the importance of its relationship with the Solomon Islands and other allies in the Pacific.
President Ma will today have a private audience and a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua. President Ma will also confer an Award to Dr. Sikua.

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeo Arrives in Solomon Islands

The Government and people of Solomon Islands welcomed Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeo who arrived in Honiara yesterday afternoon amidst tight security.
Taiwan's President Ma will visit Solomon Islands from Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th March.

Solomon Islands Prepared for President Ma

The Government and the people of Solomon Islands is preparing for President Ma's visit that will begin on Wednesday.
President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan will be visiting Solomon Islands among six Pacific nations.

President Ma's Pacific Visit Begins

Taiwan's President, Ma Ying-jeou has begun his journey to visit Pacific nations, one of which is the Solomon Islands.

RAMSI Commends TRC

RAMSI Special Coordinator, Graeme Wilson, has encouraged all Solomon Islanders to embrace the opportunity provided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to move their nation forward.

Registration Officers Receives Pay

Solomon Islands, Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Polycarp Haununu, yesterday confirmed that government funds required for paying registration officials have reached the account of the Electoral Commission.
Election 2010 is expected to bring more voters than before.

New Election Penalties Announced

New and bigger penalties for election offences were announced yesterday by the Electoral Commission and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.
Acing Commissioner,Walter Kola (left) and Deputy Commissioner Wayne Buchhorn (2nd from left) with Workshop participants and facilitators at the Kitano Mendana Hotel.

First Joint Integrity Investigation Workshop Held

Several members of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) with investigators from various government agencies are participating in a joint Integrity Investigation workshop currently held at the Kitano Mendana Hotel.
The Japanese Charge' d Affairs, Akira Iwanade and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, William Haomae, during the signing yesterday.

Japan and Solomons Continue to Strengthen Ties

The Governments of Japan and Solomon Islands yesterday signed a multi-million dollar Grant Aid Agreement for the construction of a new Auki Jetty and Market worth SBD$80 million (962 million yen).

Solomons to Benefit from Global Climate Change Alliance

Solomon Islands will be one of the many countries that will benefit from the European Union's Global Climate Change Alliance this year.

Government Must Spend to Earn: Dr Sikua

The Prime Minister, Dr. Derek Sikua, in response to the Oppositions claim, says the Government must spend money to earn money.
Parliament saw fit to establish an Authority given the projected drop in the country's GDP if commercially valuable forests are logged out.

Timber Development and Marketing Authority Bill Withdrawn

Parliament has withdrawn the Timber Development and Marketing Authority Bill.
Mr Olmi is the third PNG High Commission senior official to be recalled from Honiara in less than one year.

PNG High Commissioner Recalled

Papua New Guinea High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Aiwa Olmi is being recalled to Port Moresby.

Diplomats Sworn In

The Government has gone ahead with the proposed cross-posting of the country's diplomats in Australia and Taiwan - despite alleged dismay within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Affairs Minister William Haomae, Madame Olbery, Sir Frank Kabui and George Hiele (Secretary to Foreign Affairs).

New Malaysian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands

A new Malaysian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands has presented her letter of appointment to His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui in Honiara today.

PAP Plans National Convention

One of the oldest political parties in the country, the People's Alliance Party, or PAP as it is commonly known, will hold its National Convention on the first of May.