Politics Archive August 2013

Heads of Mission Consultations Commended

The Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Clay Forau Soalaoi have commended the recently concluded Heads of Missions national consultation meeting in Honiara last week.
Two-way trade between Indonesia and Solomon Islands was valued at SBD$105 million in 2012 with an average annual increase of 17.28 % over the past five years alone.

Let’s Focus on the Economic Gains: Lilo

The Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) has hit back at civil society groups urging them to look beyond the costs associated with the trip to Indonesia.
Prime Minister Lilo, in an earlier statement, says there is a need to look beyond the cost of the trip and focus on the economic gains for the country.

Civil Society Groups Condemn PM’s Trip

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo is under heavy criticism over his trip to Indonesia, with the Joint Civil Society Group, JCSG, describing it as “a waste of taxpayers’ money.”
Provincial Election Dates Announced

Provincial Election Dates Announced

The Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional strengthening has announced September 26 as Election Day for Western and Choiseul Provinces as well as by-elections for Ward 4 (Lipe/Temoa) of Temotu Province and Ward 6 (Mugihenua) of Rennell and Bellona Province.

Lilo Rebuffs Opposition Claims

“The Opposition needs a bit of economic lecture to understand how we connect to international trade,” says Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo when rebuffing recent criticisms against his visit to Indonesia.

Opposition Questions Funding for Indonesian Trip

Solomon Islands Opposition Leader Dr. Derek Sikua has accused the Prime Minister of lying about the funding source for his trip to Indonesia.

Calls to Arrest Riumana Seen as Pointless

Member of Parliament for Kia-Hograno Selwyn Riumana says calls by the Anti-Corruption Network of Solomon Islands for the police to arrest and charge him was unnecessary.

Lilo Questioned Over Comments on West Papua

The Solomon Islands deputy opposition leader has questioned the Prime Minister’s comments on West Papua while in Jakarta.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (left) guides Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo around Bogor State Palace in West Java on Monday. The two leaders held a bilateral meeting on Monday.

Papua Progress Discussed

Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo discussed restive Papua among other issues during their bilateral meeting in Bogor, West Java, on Monday.
The Hon. Lilo greeted by the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono upon arrival at the palace yesterday.

Lilo Visits Indonesia

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo meets Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at Bogor State Palace in West Java yesterday.

Government to be More Transparent with Budget

In discussing the new Public Financial Management Act, Solomon Islands Minister for Finance and Treasury, the Hon. Rick Hou said that a key feature contained in the Act is the new fiscal responsibility provisions.

Government to Borrow Cautiously Under New Act

Solomon Islands Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon Rick Hou, announced that the new Public Financial Management Act will facilitate better decisions on Government Borrowing, On-lending and Guarantees.
Prime Minister Lilo says his country's complicated land ownership status, and strong sense of community following years of ethnic tension means he wasn't prepared to part of Australia's plans.

Lilo Says No to "Pacific Solution"

Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Hon. Gordon Lilo Darcy says his country is not interested in being part of the Australian Government's 'Pacific Solution' for asylum seekers.

Concerns Raised Over Parliamentary Committee

Solomon Islands local pressure group, the Malaita Ma'asina Forum (MMF) says the Parliamentary Entitlements Committee (PEC)is "lazy and politicised" and must be removed.