Politics Archive October 2016

“We are all members of the United Nations, and the respect for Human Rights is one of the key cornerstones of the Charter,” he says.

Respect for Human Rights is a UN Principle

News that the Indonesian government is upping the ante against supporters of West Papua comes as no surprise, a well-placed senior government source said.
Indonesia's Defence Minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu, warned that Indonesia will not stay silent when its sovereignty is compromised.

Indonesia Issues Blunt Warning to Solomon Islands

Indonesia's Defence Minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu, has called on the Solomon Islands, and other Pacific states who spoke out about rights abuses in West Papua, to refrain from interferring in the internal affairs of Indonesia.
The objective of a Youth Parliament is to teach young people about some of the core principles of democracy, its values and how it functions.

Solomon Islands Seeks to Host 2017 Melanesian Youth Parliament

Solomon Islands are seeking to host the Melanesian Youth Parliament in 2017.

Not fair, says Solomon Islands Coach

Solomon Islands Women’s volleyball team is questioning the impartiality of refs at the Oceania Volleyball World Qualifying and Zonal Championship, held at the Vodafone Arena in Suva, Fiji.
Commissioner Prendergast explained that the RSIPF was now one of the best police forces in the region, particularly in terms of key capabilities such as public order management and crime prevention.

Police Ready for RAMSI Exit: Police Commissioner

The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner says his police force is ready to stand on its own.
Accountant General Paula Uluinaceva.

MoFT Refutes Media Reports on AG Sacking

The Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) has described the front-page article in the Island Sun newspaper on Monday 17th October regarding the alleged sacking of the Accountant General and the purported delays in payments as a “deliberate attempt to distort the truth and to mislead the Public.”

Solomon Islands Unveils Tourism Blueprint at SPTO Regional Conference

Solomon Islands’ Minister of Culture & Tourism, the Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo has underlined the priority his government is placing on tourism development and the efforts being taken to facilitate growth at the recent South Pacific Tourism Organisation Council of Ministers of Tourism meeting in the Cooks Islands.
Analysis: MPs Tax Free Salary

Analysis: MPs Tax Free Salary

The Solomon Islands Court of Appeal (COA) has ruled that the Parliamentary Entitlements Commission (PEC) acted within its powers when it granted Tax Free Salary status to Members of Parliament (MPs).
Nick Ellis, General Manager of SolRice, said he was thrilled to be part of the event for the third consecutive year.

G’day Solomon Islands Fun Run on Track to be the Biggest yet thanks to SolRice

The annual G’day Solomon Islands Fun Run is on again this Saturday 22 October and it’s expected to be the biggest yet with over 4,000 participants already registered.
Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, Ethel Sigimanu (C) with staff at her Ministry.

Research Investigates Barriers for Female Electoral Candidates in Solomon Islands

New research investigating barriers for female electoral candidates in the Solomon Islands has revealed that voters are willing to vote for a woman if they are perceived to be able to contribute financial resources to the community; and have a track record of community service.
The tax-free salaries were introduced last year, and despite Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare acknowledging the outrage expressed by the public little has been done since.

Outrage Over MPs Tax Free Ruling

The Court of Appeal overturned a High Court ruling that declared the decision made last year by the Parliamentary Entitlements Committee, which has MPs sitting on it, unconstitutional.
“This is not meant to discourage the use of Jadelle as it is quite effective, but it is important for women and medical practitioners to know,” says an expert in the area.

Expert Warns of Jadelle Contraceptive Side Effects

With the increasing popularity of the Jadelle contraceptive in the Solomon Islands, an expert has warned that several known side effects should be considered.
Speaking at a press conference upon his arrival in Honiara, Prime Minister Sogavare said the next step is to address the relationship between Temotu Province and Torba Province.

Treaty Provides Avenue for Further Cooperation: Sogavare

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has lauded the Mota Lava Treaty as providing a good opportunity for Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to address the relationship of their two maritime border provinces- Temotu Province in Solomon Islands and Torba Province of Vanuatu.
Dr Rodie with Lord Mayor of Melbourne and CEO TDA - Acknowledged as official overseas guest.

Solomon Islands Sharing Lessons on Skills Development with Australia’s TVET Leaders

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) Dr Franco Rodie attended the TAFE Directors Australia annual convention in Melbourne Australia as a special overseas guest.

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu Sign Border Treaty

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have signed a Maritime Border Treaty on Friday ending 33 years of negotiations over the common border of the two nations south of the Solomon Islands and north of Vanuatu.
Ambassador Mose, EU Presidency Representative, HE Mr Peter Javocyk and Director for Migration, Mobility and Innovation, Ms Belinda Pyke, DG-Migration and Home Affairs of the EC, exchanging copies of the signed SI-EU Short Stay Visa Waiver Agreement.

Visa Free Travel to EU Signed

Solomon Islands Nationals can now travel visa free to all EU member states following the signing of the SI-EU Short Stay Visa Waiver Agreement which facilitates this visa free travel to Europe.
Australian High Commission and Senior Solomon Islands Government officials who attended the High Level Consultation.

Australia and Solomon Islands Meet to Discuss Stability, Growth and Human Development

Australia and Solomon Islands share a common goal of promoting stability, growth and human development in Solomon Islands, a partnership that will continue to deliver results in the year ahead.
The two Prime Minister’s will sign the document on Moto Lava Island in Vanuatu’s Northern-most Province of Torba come Friday 7 October 2016.

PM Sogavare to Sign Maritime Border Treaty with PM Salwai

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has left for Port Vila to sign a historic Maritime Boundary Treaty with his Ni-Vanuatu counterpart, Prime Minister Charlot Salwai.