Politics Archive September 2016

“ICAO must be fair to the aviation industry in Taiwan,” Solomon Islands Minister of Communication and Aviation Peter Shanel said.

Solomon Islands and Marshalls Back Taiwan’s ICAO bid

Taiwan’s bid for meaningful participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization was publicly backed by officials from the Solomon Islands during recent meetings with Ho Shu-ping, deputy director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, in Montreal, Canada.
The small number of officers who will have access to guns have been training with replicas so they become familiar with weapons handling procedures.

Solomon Islands Police Officers Undergo Firearms Training

Police in the Solomon Islands are preparing to carry guns, a key milestone before they take back full responsibility for law and order in their country from Australia.
Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon. Snyder Rini, at a recent press conference.

Finance Minister’s Late Submission Improper: Opposition

The Parliamentary Opposition Group says that it remains convinced that the Minister of Finance has breached section 52(1)(a) of the Public Finance Management Act –PFM.
Mr Salato highlighted a “worrying trend by the Member States resisting human rights scrutiny by the work of the Council.”

Solomon Islands Repeats Call for Independent Assessment of West Papua

The Solomon Islands representative in Geneva, Switzerland, has repeated calls for Indonesia to allow a UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression to visit West Papua and Papua Provinces.
Divers from the HMNZS Mamawanui, a diving support vessel, joined forces with the Canadian Defence Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit to recover the bombs in an operation dubbed Operation Render Safe 2016.

WWII Munitions Recovered As Operation Render Safe Continues

Divers in the Solomon Islands have recovered 50 unexploded World War II bombs, including a 250-pound explosive.
“I expect to receive from you (the Steering Committee) realistic deliverables that we should act upon in our collective fight against corruption and from my end, I will try my very best to ensure that the activities you have identified to implement will be adequately resourced,” Mr Sogavare said.

Sogavare Pledges More Support for Anti-Corruption Strategy

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has pledged extra support to adequately resource the Steering Committee which was mandated to oversee the country’s National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS).
New Colombo Plan students from University of Sydney visit Malaita pineapple farm.

More Australian Students to come to Solomon Islands in 2017

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Australian Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, have announced that 82 Australian University students will come to Solomon Islands in 2017 under Australia’s prestigious New Colombo Plan.
St Joseph’s Tenaru narrowly defeated Betikama in the debate ‘adaptation is a better response to climate change than mitigation.’

Tenaru and Selwyn College Win G'Day Solomon Islands Debate

Students from Betikama, St Joseph’s Tenaru, St Nicholas College and Selwyn College have shown off their public speaking and critical thinking skills at the third annual G'Day Solomon Islands Great Debate, which took place in Honiara yesterday.
“We must continue to support our RSIPF and have confidence in them,” it said.

Opposition Applauds RSIPF

The Parliamentary Opposition Group has commended the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) for their quick response in restoring law and order in Auki following confrontations by disputing parties to a land case.
The Opposition statement say this is a daylight manipulation of State power in a manner that has not been seen before.

Cabinet Sub Committees Illegal: Opposition

The establishment of the cabinet sub-committees is illegal and should be abolished, the Opposition Group strongly suggests.
APTC is an innovative development project funded by the Australian Government, delivering Australian-standard skills and qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers for skilled workers across the Pacific.

122 Solomon Islanders graduate from APTC

More than 120 students of the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) were awarded qualifications in 13 skills areas at the APTC graduation ceremony held on 6 September at Maranatha Hall in Honiara.

Pacific Coalition on West Papua Gains Momentum

The Pacific Coalition on West Papua (PCWP) is gaining momentum with the addition of two new members and the confirmation of the membership of two other parties who indicated their profound support for the initiative since its introduction in Honiara, SolomonIslands in July this year.