Politics Archive August 2019

Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia Presents Credentials

Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia Presents Credentials

Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Mr. Andriana Supandy has presented his credentials to the Governor General His Excellency Right Reverend David Vunagi in Honiara today yesterday.

New Tax On White Rice Effective September

The price of rice is set to rise with the imtroduction of new tax rates.
The Premier of Western Province Hon. David Gina.

Western Premier Urges JBC to Focus on Reconciliation and Reparation

The Premier of Western Province Hon. David Gina has called on the Solomon Islands-PNG Joint Border Committee (JBC) to prioritize reconciliation and reparation for border residents before any border management plans can meaningfully implemented.
The meeting which is currently underway at Gizo Hotel followed on from the 7th JBC held in Kokopo, East New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea in 2016.

Permanent Secretary Highlights Value of JBC Dialogue in Gizo

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services (MPNSCS), Ms. Karen Galokale has highlighted the value of the ongoing dialogue on border security management between Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea this week.

Beach Outing Ends Tragically

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is investigating the possible cause of the death of a 32-year-old man after he swam to rescue his girlfriend at the Henderson Beach, east of Honiara on 25 August 2019.
Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) the Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr.

FRC to Conduct Inquiry into the Taiwan-China Saga

The Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) has recently endorsed an Inquiry into the ongoing saga by the executive arm of government of a possible severance of diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds.

Australian Defence Minister on Two Days Visit to Solomon Islands

Australia's defence minister has arrived in Solomon Islands for a two day visit as part of her Pacific tour.
Team Solomon's and the School Principal of Woodford International School. They will represent Solomon Islands in the 2019 First Global Robotics Competition in Dubai.

Solomon Islands Students to Participate in First Global 2019 Robotics Challenge in Dubai

Students from Woodford International School have been selected to represent Solomon Islands in the 2019 First Global Robotics Competition in Dubai.

Keep People Informed: Wale

Leader of Opposition and MP for Aoke/LangaLanga, Hon. Matthew Wale reiterated the importance of reporting back to parliament on international affairs on behalf of our country.
Customs Officers with the seized cigarettes.

Customs Confiscate Cigarettes

New Comptroller of the Customs and Excise Department Mr. Jim Sutton has warned businesses and individuals who evade tax duties to take extra precaution and follow the right procedure and requirements.
A female officer with the containers of kwaso during the raid.

39 YO Woman Arrested for Brewing Kwaso in Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force in Honiara City have arrested and charged a 39 year-old woman for an allegation of brewing kwaso at Aekafo, Vara Creek in Central Honiara on 23 August 2019.
Shane Kennedy was the owner of the King Solomon Hotel in Honiara and the Gizo Hotel in Gizo in the Western Province.

Solomon Islands Mourns Passing of Tourism Pioneer Shane Kennedy

The close-knit Solomon Islands travel community is in mourning following the death of larger than life tourism pioneer Shane Kennedy who passed away in Brisbane on Friday.
Interpol Investigates Involvement of Solomon Islander in Sexual Assault Allegations

Interpol Investigates Involvement of Solomon Islander in Sexual Assault Allegations

Allegations of sexual offending on a NZ-backed aid project in the Pacific have led to Interpol looking into concerns about several other people, while the accused man has failed to appear for trial.
51 YO Father And Two Sons Arrested for Robbery

51 YO Father And Two Sons Arrested for Robbery

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Henderson have arrested a 51-year-old father with his two sons and another relative following a robbery incident in the Lungga area east of Honiara on 11 August 2019.

First Ever National Inflation Series Launched

The Solomon Islands Government through its National Statistics Office (NSO) has reached another milestone in its undertaking as it launched the country’s first ever National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) with an aim to help the government undertake sound effective monetary and fiscal policy formulation and decision-making.
Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokeswoman Joanne Ou.

MPs Pledge to Maintain Diplomatic Ties a Good Sign: Taiwan

Taiwan on Wednesday thanked a group of Solomon Islands parliamentarians for their stance on maintaining bilateral diplomatic relations, amid a months-long public debate on whether the Pacific ally should ditch its ties with Taipei in favor of Beijing.
He said the lives of our people and the future of our country are too important to gamble with.

National Security Key to Nation Building: PM

National security is pivotal to sustainable development and nation-building of any nation.
Minister of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Hon. Tanangada at the Summit opening.

Government Launches National Security Summit

Provincial Police Commanders (PPC) and the Senior Executive of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) are participating in the three-day National Security Strategy (NSS) Summit being held in Honiara 20 – 22 August 2019.
The group of 16 MPs also includes former Prime Minister Hon. Rick Hou.

Sixteen Government MPs Declare Support for Solomon Islands-Taiwan Relations

After months of heated public debate over the Taiwan - China issue, sixteen government MPs have come out openly, expressing their strong support for the Solomon Islands to remain with Taiwan.

5 Schools Trial Solutions to Reduce Plastics

Five Honiara schools are trying for 10 weeks to replace single-use plastics in their lunch service through a new waste management initiative.
Solomon Islands and Taiwan Sign Visa Exemption Agreement

Solomon Islands and Taiwan Sign Visa Exemption Agreement

Taiwan and its Pacific ally, the Solomon Islands, have reached a visa-exemption deal in Tuvalu, where the annual Pacific Islands Forum wrapped up on Friday (Aug. 16).
Government Confirms Delegation Visit to China

Government Confirms Delegation Visit to China

Another Government delegation will be travelling to China this week to hold high level talks with respective counterparts and decision makers within the PRC Government.
Foreign Minister Meets With CTBTO Executive Secretary

Foreign Minister Meets With CTBTO Executive Secretary

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu- Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Jeremiah Manele has held a bilaterial meeting with the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Lassina Zerbo at the margins of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Tuvalu.

RSIPF Checks on Pubs and Night Clubs in Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara have started an operation to ensure under age youth are not allowed to enter public bars and night clubs within the capital city.
Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare.

PM Sogavare Joins Other Leaders in Climate Change Talks

FUNAFUTI, TUVALU- PRIME Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare (MP) joins with other leaders from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) member countries for talks on the issue of climate change.
SolAgro Gives Back to Community

SolAgro Gives Back to Community

Walter Silvae, chairman of Baniata Community Organic Committee (BCOC), the body promoting/governing the organic ngali nut production and representing the ngali nut growers in Baniata, has handed over cash to Dorida Elson, the president of the Baniata Women’s Saving/Lending Scheme.
Commissioner Varley receives a gift from a member of the US delegation.

RSIPF Discusses More Cooperation With US

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has discussed further areas of cooperation with the United States Government during meetings held in Honiara last week.
MPs Careless in Negotiations to Switch Recognition

MPs Careless in Negotiations to Switch Recognition

After their tax payer funded trip through the Pacific, pro-China MPs are rushing to switch recognition from Taiwan to China without negotiating anything in return, the Island Sun reports.
Speaker of Parliament (sitting far L) Patteson Oti with Taiwan's Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan and President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen.

Speaker of Parliament Leads Delegation to Taiwan

Speaker of Parliament, Patteson Oti, is currently in Taiwan at the invitation of the Taiwanese government to attend the annual gathering of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarians' Union (APPU).
Taskforce Leaves for China via PNG

Taskforce Leaves for China via PNG

The government task-force assembled to review Solomon Islands relations with China and Taiwan will start their second leg of their tour, this time to China but after a brief stopover in PNG.