Politics Archive May 2013

 Mrs. Matanga says that as long as the fugitives are still at large, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force will continue to dedicate police resources to find them.

Hunt for Fugitives Will Continue

Acting Police Commissioner Junita Matanga says operations to hunt down Edmond Sae and other known fugitives will continue, “however long it will take.”
Nicholas Coppel adds, Solomon Islands as a sovereign independent state “cannot have people from overseas running its affairs forever.”

RAMSI Transition Decision Based on Sustainability: Coppel

The Decision by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) to begin its transitional phase after 10 years of operation is because it respects the sovereignty of Solomon Islands, and also because it is simply not sustainable in the long run.
Australian volunteers working in Solomon Islands met visiting Australian Parliamentary Secretary Matt Thistlethwaite.

12 New Australian Volunteers Arrive in Solomon Islands

Twelve new Australian volunteers have arrived in Solomon Islands to begin their placements with government ministries, non-government organisations and community groups.

Guadalcanal Holds Further Consultation on Proposed State

The Guadalcanal State Constitutional Committee (GSCC) has announced that it will commence its consultations throughout the province as of June this year.
“Now this is crucial because it will enhance transparency in the way Solomon Islands develop its natural resources in the mining sector,” said Prime Minister Lilo.

EITI Meeting Successful: Lilo

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo describes his recent engagement in the Extractive Industries Transparency International, EITI, global conference in Sydney Australia as fruitful and a successful one.
Mr Ngele receives his credentials from Sir Frank on Friday.

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Malaysia Commissioned

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Malaysia, Victor Ngele has been commissioned on Friday, promising to render undivided loyalty to the Government and people of Solomon Islands.
Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo will give a key note address at the 6th Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference, in Sydney, Australia this week.

PM Attends Global Transparency Conference

Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo will give a key note address at the 6th Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference, in Sydney, Australia this week.
Solomon Islands take leading role in major UN vote.

With Solomon Islands Support, French Polynesia Back on the Decolonization List

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo says he is thrilled with the news that the United Nations General Assembly has voted to place French Polynesia back on the UN list territories that should be decolonized.
Ensuring that the right skill sets carry forward is critically important, with seven out of ten Solomon Islanders under the age of 29 and the working-age population set to increase by 30 per cent in the next decade.

Research Finds Mismatch in Job Market

A recent finding in a World Bank report titled Skills for Solomon Islands, 'Opening New Opportunities,' finds that there is a mismatch between the demand for skills in current job opportunities and the supplied labour force.
The Earth Island Institute continues to warn against the resumption of live dolphin export, saying it will negatively impact the fishing industry.

Solomon’s Dolphin Exporter Plans to Resume

A prominent dolphin exporter in the Solomon Islands says he plans to resume live-exports next month.

FFC85 Meeting Officially Closes

The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Hon. Alfred Ghiro has hailed the recently concluded Forum Fisheries Committee 85 Meeting in Honiara, describing it as “constructive and collaborative”.
Prime Minister Lilo praised the PNG government for making such a decision which he described as reflecting PNG's recognition of the development needs and aspirations of Solomon Islands.

PM Lilo Welcomes PNG’s Multi-million Kina Assistance

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has welcomed a twenty million Kina assistance from his Papua New Guinea counterpart Peter O'Neill in Honiara on Friday.
"The main focus of the PPF’s work would continue to be the strengthening of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF)," RAMSI Special Coordinator Nicholas Coppel said.

RAMSI Police Here for Four More Years

The next four years of RAMSI’s police operations have been guaranteed with the allocation, announced in this week’s Australian budget, of nearly AUD$500 million in funding for the Regional Assistance Mission.
Labor government Treasurer Wayne Swan revealed that defense spending is set to increase despite Australian troops withdrawing from Solomon Islands, Afghanistan and East Timor this calendar year.

Australia Commits Half a Billion to RAMSI Transition

The Australian budget for the coming 12 months sees an increase in budgetary support to the transition of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
In 2000, he became one of a handful of Anglican primates to be knighted at Buckingham Palace by Queen Elizabeth for his service to religion and the community in Melanesia.

Sir Ellison Pogo Passes Away

Sir Ellison Pogo, former archbishop of the Anglican Church in Melanesia, died May 13 at his home in Honiara of lymphoma, which had been diagnosed while he was in Auckland during last October’s Anglican Consultative Council meeting.
Local economists say that while economic growth is important it is equally important to look at economic development indicators.

Economy Expected to Grow by 4%

Solomon Islands Economy is expected to grow by 4 percent in 2013, building on a strong performance in 2012.
Juanita Matanga says policing is not without its challenges but it is important that the community is accurately briefed about the state of the force.

No Split in Police Force: Matanga

The acting commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Juanita Matanga denies that the force is split over the departure of the former commissioner Englishman John Lansley.

Voter Registration for Western and Choiseul Provinces Opens in June

Voter registration prior to the Western and Choiseul provincial elections this year will open on June 3 and elections likely to take place in September.

DPM Maelanga Announces 2013 SINU Sponsorship Deal

Acting Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga today announced a major Government initiative to sponsor students studying at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) this year.
Leading the women is Nina Nawalowalo of The Conch. She is the first Fijian theatre director to produce works which have been performed at international festivals including the New Zealand and Sydney International festivals.

Community Theatre to Help Build Courage Among Women

For years, female survivors of domestic violence in the Solomon Islands have been afraid of saying anything in public, unable to find a way to stand up to the oppressive abuse they experience on a regular basis at home.

Vanuatu National Provident Fund team visits SINPF

A delegation from the Vanuatu National Provident Fund, consisting of its chairman, general manager and investment director are on a tour of the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund.

Authorities Work to Repatriate I-Kiribati Men

Immigration and Foreign Affairs Officials are currently liaising with their counterparts in Tarawa, Kiribati to repatriate two I-Kiribati men who were rescued over the weekend.
On the Weather Coast, KGA is collaborating with local farmer support groups to increase crop diversity, introduce climate resistant crops and promote contour farming, which involves tilling land along lines of consistent elevation on hill slopes to reduce the speed of rainwater run-off and prevent soil erosion.

Climate Change Makes Life Tougher for Solomon Island Farmers

Life is difficult enough for communities on the remote southern Weather Coast of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Sustaining a livelihood from the land is a daily struggle on the steep coastal mountain slopes that plunge to the sea, made worse by the absence of adequate roads, transport and government services. And now, climate change is taking
SolTuna Limited is the country’s sole tuna processing and canning processor based in Noro, Western province.

Possible USD$10 Million Funding For SolTuna

SolTuna Fishing and Processing Ltd in Noro, Western Province, of the Solomon Islands may soon see changes and expansion to its current infrastructures worth USD$10 million (SBD$80m).
Dr Kabutaulaka says there are avenues other than the “unceremonious release of such an important historical document.”

Pressure Groups Should Have Used the Courts

With growing public debate over the delay, and the subsequent unofficial release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) report, local academic based in Hawaii, Dr Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, says pressure groups should have used the Courts.
Police Threaten to go on Strike

Police Threaten to go on Strike

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police force (RSIPF) are threatening a two weeks sit-in protest if the Government fails to appoint a new police commissioner within the next three months.
Sogavare Praises Fiji’s Move towards Democracy

Sogavare Praises Fiji’s Move towards Democracy

Solomon Islands former Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, says the Solomon Islands is satisfied that Fiji is on the right track to democracy.
The Hamilton resident claims that what he did has “brought joy to many Solomon Islanders who have longed to read the report.”

Fr Brown Maintains His Decision Was Right

Fr Terry Brown has told Radio Australia that he is not concerned about Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo's recent statement, that upon his arrival his office will meet with the head of the Anglican Church.

IRD Launches Tax Compliance Focus

The Commissioner of Inland Revenue Mark Bell on Tuesday has announced the launch of Inland Revenue’s Tax Compliance Focus for 2013 to 2015.