Politics Archive July 2013

Biometric Voter Registration to be Conducted

To prepare for Parliamentary elections in 2014, the government of Solomon Islands has hired Canadian firm Electoral Services International Inc. (ESI) to undertake electronic Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise.
Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Mr Kalosil has congratulated the Government and people of Solomon Islands on the success of  RAMSI's 10th anniversary celebrations.

Vanuatu and Solomons Commit to Strengthening Ties

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo has highlighted the importance of strengthening the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and its visions for the benefit of the Melanesian people.
Pacific nations that are signatories to the United Nations Refugee Convention, such as the Solomon Islands, which neighbors Papua New Guinea, could be asked to accept asylum seekers processed on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island who are found to be genuine refugees.

Solomons Could Play Role With Asylum Seekers

Solomon Islands is expected to play a role in the Australian government's plan to send asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea for processing and resettlement.
The brief bilateral meeting was to provide an overview for both Prime Ministers of the current engagements between the Solomon Islands and New Zealand.

New Zealand and Solomon Islands Held Bilaterals

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Gordon Darcy Lilo has held bilateral talks with his New Zealand counterpart, John Key at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Asylum Seekers Topic Discussed

The Solomon Islands has opened the door to a possible asylum seeker processing deal with Australia, claiming it was ready to talk about the issue if a proposal was put to the small developing nation.

RAMSI Anniversary Expect Highlevel Attendance

Two Presidents and five Prime Ministers from the Pacific Islands Forum countries have confirmed their attendance to the RAMSI 10th Anniversary in Honiara, Solomon Islands next week.
High Commissioner Ngele sincerely thanked His Majesty, the Yang di-Pertuan Angong for accepting his Letter of Credence, and further conveyed to the Government and people of Malaysia best wishes and friendship from the Government and people of Solomon Islands.

Ngele Presents Credentials

Solomon Islands High Commissioner accredited to Malaysia, Victor Ngele has finally presented his letter of Credence to the King of Malaysia, His Majesty, Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Logging in the Solomon Islands has been running at   more than the sustainable rate.

Logging Companies Close Account

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands has confirmed that 14 logging company accounts held by commercial banks in the country have been closed.
The Fijian Prime Minister stands with Glenn Bennett, Managing Director, Silentworld Shipping (far right), Reginald Douglas, director of Dalgro (far left) as well as museum owners Anderson Dua and his family.

Fijian Soldiers Remembered

The sacrifice of Fijian soldiers during WWII will be remembered thanks to a new plaque installed at the Vilu War Museum in Solomon Islands.
The melting of glaciers and ice sheets also contributes to sea-level rise, which is already causing problems for such artificial islands.

Solomons Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise

Solomon Islands like many other countries in the Pacific is at risk to coastal erosion, storm surges and water inundation with sea levels projected to rise in the coming century.
Dr. Palitha Kohona, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, signed the Joint Communiqué on behalf of Sri Lanka, while Mr. Collin D. Beck, the Permanent Representative of Solomon Islands to the United Nations, signed on behalf of Solomon Islands.

Sri Lanka and Solomons Establish Relationship

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Solomon Islands has established formal diplomatic relations on 3rd July 2013.
Besides attending the Independence celebrations, Commodore Bainimarama will engage in a series of meetings including a courtesy call on the Governor General Sir Frank Kabui, a meeting with Prime Minister Lilo and a special meeting with Cabinet Ministers.

Bainimarama to Attend Independence Celebrations

Fiji’s Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama has been confirmed to arrive in Honiara on Saturday as special guest to the Solomon Islands 35th Independence Anniversary Celebrations.
Families will also save money by growing their own produce rather than buying fruit and vegetables at market prices.

People Encouraged to Have Supsup Gardens

People in the Solomon Islands capital are being encouraged to return to the practice of cultivating their own supsup gardens as a means of providing fresh foods.

Criminal Investigators Requested to Receive Corruption Cases

Transparency Solomon Islands has called on the country’s corruption watchdog to refer serious cases to criminal investigators.
For rural people to have access to the funds, there should be a partnership within each constituencies, members of parliament, as well as the Ministry of agriculture.

Corruption Remains A Problem

A Solomon Islands cabinet minister says there is entrenched corruption in government ministries and a new controversial law is all part of fixing the problem.