Politics Archive October 2013

Climate Change Impacts Tracked by Satellite

Climate Change Impacts Tracked by Satellite

Sophisticated Satellite technology is now being used to track the impacts of climate change in one of the country’s most successful marine reserves.
"The Solomon Islands saw some of the fiercest fighting of World War II, so it is hardly surprising that a great deal of unexploded ordnance still litters many of the islands to this day," Mr Power explained.

WW2 Explosives to be Detonated Safely from Solomon Islands

World War 2 explosive remnants will be safely detonated from the Solomon Islands through Operation Render Safe to be conducted from Oct 29 to Dec 7 by 200 personnel from the Australian Defence Force, New Zealand Defence Force, United States Navy, Canada and Solomon Islands.

MET Predicts One Cyclone this Season

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service has predicted a single tropical cyclone for Solomon Islands for the period between November 2013 and April 2014.
The Director General of the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Pacific Department, Xianbin Yao.

ADB Pacific Director General to Visit Solomon Islands

The Director General of the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Pacific Department, Xianbin Yao, along with ADB's Regional Director, Andrea Iffland, will visit Honiara to meet with Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo and other senior government officials for discussions on ADB's support to Solomon Islands.
SIRIP 2, cofinanced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Australia, New Zealand Aid Programme and the European Union was implemented across areas of Malaita, Western, Central, Isabel, Makira, and Guadalcanal provinces.

ADB Connects Communities through Better Roads

The completion of the North Malaita phase of the Solomon Islands Second Road Improvement Project (SIRIP2) marks the end of the final phase of the project that has reconnected local communities to clinics, markets and schools across six provinces in Solomon Islands.
Before RAMSI, Solomon Islands experienced years of ethnic tension where police guns were stolen and used by former militants.

RAMSI PPF Commander Speaks on Rearmament Plans

RAMSI's Participating Police Force (PPF) Commander Paul Osborne has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat that the plans to re-arm the police force will only be for three sections of the force.

Founder of SIDT Passes Away

Founder of the country's largest non government organisation and rural development specialist Dr John Roughan has passed away.

Fiji-Solomon Islands Establish Business Council

The recent increase in trade and commerce between Fiji and the Solomon Islands has seen the establishment of a Fiji – Solomon Islands Business Council.
Fiji Presidents courtesy call to PM this morning.

PM Commends Fiji on its New Constitution

The Prime Minister has applauded the Republic of Fiji for developing a new constitution that embraces the rights and existence of all races in Fiji.

Australian MP Highlights Success in Helping Solomon Islands

An Australian MP says the federal government is proud to have helped prevent neighbouring Solomon Islands from becoming failed state 10 years ago.
In 2000, under the terms of the Townsville Peace Agreement, the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) launched its first gun amnesty. This aimed to collect and destroy between 2,640 and 3,520 illegally held, mass-manufactured small arms.

Cabinet Approves Limited Reintroduction of Firearms

Cabinet has approved a limited reintroduction of firearms into the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.
Solomon Breweries Limited’s contestant for this year’s Miss Solomon Crown, 23 year old Parnillar Teika.

Miss SolBrew Takes up the Charity Challenge

Solomon Breweries Limited’s contestant for this year’s Miss Solomon Crown, 23 year old Parnillar Teika is taking up the challenge to raise money for a new dormitory for San Isidro, a care centre for young people with disabilities.

PM Refutes Sikua’s Claims

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has categorically denied any involvement in the delay of the Western Provincial premier election.

Consultations on Business Name Registration in Solomon Islands Begins

Consultations begin today in Solomon Islands as part of the review of the Registration of Business Names Bill. The joint review by the Solomon Islands Government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) aims to modernize and improve the business name registration procedure in Solomon Islands.

Western Province Premier Elections to be Held before 30th October

In response to recent media reports questioning the delay of the election of the Premier of Western Province, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS), Mr. Stanley Dick Pirione, today said:

CBSI Issues First Banking Licence Under New Law

Central Bank has issued its first interim banking license to a Sri Lankan-owned company to operate the country's fourth commercial bank.
The iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

PM Lilo Opens Malaysia Office

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has officially opened the Solomon Islands High Commission office in Kuala Lumpur, marking a new chapter in Malaysia-Solomon Islands bilateral relations.

Solomon Islands: Living With Disability and Disaster

This year 2013, the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) will be celebrated worldwide on the 13th of October, with the theme "Living with disability and disaster". Representing one-fifth of the world's population, persons living with disabilities have unique contributions, often overlooked, to help reduce the risk of disasters and build

BSP Expands Reach with Mobile Banking

Bank South Pacific (BSP) will this week target the southern and northern regions of Malaita in efforts to gain new customers for its mobile banking service in rural areas.
Many of the Guadalcanal battlefields are now part of the heavily populated capital of the Solomon Islands, Honiara, and building work is the main cause of modern discoveries of soldiers' remains.

Remains of WWII US Marines Unearthed During Home Renovations

The remains of three US Marines killed during the Pacific campaign of World War II have been found in the Solomon Islands.
Despite numerous efforts successive governments have not been able to get approval for the bill.

Government Plans to Reintroduce Integrity Bill Before Elections

The Solomon Islands Government is looking at re-introducing the Integrity Bill before next year's election, aimed at stopping members changing political allegiance mid-term.

PM Lilo in Taiwan for Double Ten Celebrations

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has arrived in Taipei for the Double Ten celebrations to a red-carpet welcome staged by the Republic of China Government.
Mr Wale says it is important to stimulate constructive national debate on this vital topic and reflect honestly on the situation on the ground in rural Solomon Islands.

Wale Suggests Land Registration to be Under Tribal Name

Member of parliament for Aoke Langa Langa Matthew Wale has said government should consider registering land rights under tribal names and not tribal trustee names.
He says once the report is tabled in Parliament, the Government should already have a committee established to oversee the recommendations.

Government Establishes Committee to Implement TRC Recommendations

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo says the Government is working towards establishing a committee to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation report before tabling the report in Parliament.

Jane Tozaka Wins Ward 10 Seat in North Vella la Vella

A female candidate has won the provincial seat for Ward 10 Irigila, North Vella la Vella in the Western Provincial Elections held on Monday.
The drop was not just sudden, it was unexpected, and with historically high prices families in Honiara could now afford to have chicken for dinner, and not just on “special occasions.”

Chicken Wars and the Retail Cartel!

Imported poultry prices — primarily those of chicken wings and cuts — are marching south.
More than 29,000 farmers, in all 8 provinces, have received extension advice or training, in growing subsistence and commercial crops.

World Bank Approves Funding for Rural Based Projects

The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$3 million grant in additional financing for the Solomon Islands Rural Development Program (RDP), which will continue to support community-led projects for priority infrastructure and agriculture services in rural areas, including in the remote Outer Islands.
The police had initially confirmed two weeks ago that an investigation is being conducted into “a motor collision involving a senior officer on his way home,” but did not name Peter Aoranisaka.

PC Crash a Set up?

Civil society groups have alleged that the accident involving the Police Commissioner (PC) designate, Peter Aoranisaka, was in fact a set up.