Politics Archive April 2020

Solomon Airlines Touches Down in Sydney

Solomon Airlines Touches Down in Sydney

Solomon Airlines touched down in Sydney yesterday morning operating a one off commercial flight transporting passengers and cargo from Honiara to Sydney and Brisbane to connect with services to further destinations.
The cargo onboard the MV Worship Light being offloaded at a private wharf at Ranandi.

Quarantine Rules May Have Been Broken: Wale

The Leader of Opposition, Hon. Matthew Wale calls on the government to explain the real situation with the Chinese vessel that came into the country last week.
Government Statistician and Census Commissioner Douglas Kimi.

Census ‘Unpaid Claims’ Payout Process Clarified

The Census Office within the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) would like to clarify concerns raised in the print media regarding census outstanding payments/claims for the conduct of the 2019 National Population & Housing Census.
The Gizo-Kolombangara Member of Parliament, Hon. Lanelle Tanangada was sworn-in as the new Minister for Education and Human Resources Development, replacing former Minister Hon. Commins Mewa.

Government Reshuffles Ministers

Four Ministers of the current Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) have been sworn-in before the Governor General, Sir David Vunagi at Government House this morning.
RSIPF investigates alleged arson incident on Small Malaita

RSIPF investigates alleged arson incident on Small Malaita

Officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) at the Auki Police Station in Malaita Province together with officers at Maka Police Post are investigating an alleged arson incident at Tawaro Village on Small Malaita on 26 April 2020.
“The COVID-19 Development Bonds are issued as part of the strategy to mobilize resources to fund the Government’s COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package,” Sogavare said.

Government Issues First COVID-19 Domestic Development Bond

The Solomon Islands Government has issued the first COVID-19 domestic development bond of SB$120 million to interested buyers.
The Prime Minister attributed this outcome as a testament to everyone’s continuous united stand against this virus especially those working in the front line.

“COVID-19 Free Status Must Not Stop the Fight”: Sogavare

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has urged all citizens of Solomon Islands to keep fighting with all means despite the country’s rank as one of the COVID-19 free countries in the world.
He encouraged users to follow instructions given and to wash hands often with soap and water especially for vendors who are dealing with food.

Hand Wash Facilities Coming Soon to Central Market

To improve personal hygiene the Honiara central market will soon provide a hand wash station.
New Zealand High Commissioner Georgina Roberts and Australian High Commissioner Dr. Lachlan Strahan signed a new Delegated Cooperation Arrangement as part of the two countries’ Education Partnership with Solomon Islands for 20202023.

Another Step Forward for Australia and New Zealand’s Education Partnership with Solomon Islands

New Zealand High Commissioner Georgina Roberts and Australian High Commissioner Dr Lachlan Strahan have signed a new Delegated Cooperation Arrangement as part of the two countries’ Education Partnership with Solomon Islands 2020-2023.
“To you all, let me say this, your are our first and last line of defence. My deepest respect to you”, he said.

PM Sogavare Commends MHMS

Prime Minister Sogavare has acknowledged the work done by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) as the Government is taking all necessary and proactive measures to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If we can keep the virus at bay, or at least delay its arrival in our country, we can minimise the effect that Corona virus can potentially have on our country,” the Prime Minister stated.

PM Sogavare Visits National Referral Hospital

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare made a courtesy visit to the National Referral Hospital yesterday.
Premier Sade said they have been working closely with the NGOs and development partners to raise awareness on COVID-19 and other preparedness programs related to it.

Guadalcanal Premier Commends NGOs for support

The Guadalcanal Provincial Premier Francis Sade has thanked Non-Government Organization, NGOs for their assistance in providing COVID-19 awareness to communities in the Province.

ADB Approves USD 6M Contingency Financing to Solomon Islands

The Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon. Harry Kuma this week has announced that Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board has approved a contingency financing amendment total of US$6 million to support the Solomon Islands Government in its preparedness and response commitments the covid-19 pandemic under its Pacific Disaster Resilience Program (PDRP).
The approval by the IMF Board means the IMF CCRT facility will cover all borrowings from the IMF through CBSI for 24 months period commencing on the 14 April 2020 to April 13 2022 or as much as is available from the facilities.

IMF Approve 24 Months SIG-CBSI Debt Servicing Relief

The Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon. Harry Kuma has revealed that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Board, on 13th April, 2020, has approved a SIG/CBSI joint request for a Debt Servicing relief for Solomon Islands under the IMF Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT).
He said it is alright people question the quality of the supplies from China because of experience from other countries.

China Says Medical Supplies Are Safe

"Supplies donated by China are safe" says PRC's representative, Counselor Yao Ming.
The Prime Minister says the government has launched two separate investigations into the incident.

Prime Minister Meets West Are’are MP and Relatives of Victims

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has met with the MP for West Are’are constituency Hon. John Maneniaru and relatives of victims to express his personal condolences to families and relatives of the 27 citizens who were washed overboard the MV Taimareho on Thursday 2nd April.
Solomon Islands is one of a handful of countries yet to have a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Four Months State of Public Emergency for Solomon Islands

A state of public emergency is current over the Solomon Islands for the next four months.

RSIPF Recovers One More Dead Body from the MV Taimareho

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) today recovered the dead body of a male person at Uhu Village in South Malaita, Malaita Province as the search for the 27 people missing from the MV Taimareho continued.
Member of Parliament for West Are’are, Hon. John Maneniaru.

Search and Rescue Not Ready to Respond to Emergencies: Maneniaru

Member of Parliament for West Are’are, Hon. John Maneniaru says the Search and rescue department is not ready to respond to emergencies.
Parliament is currently debating the ‘Proclamation by His Excellency the Governor General declaring a State of Public Emergency’ in Solomon Islands on the 25th of March 2020.

Solomon Islands Cannot Be Complacent: PM

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says Solomon Islands cannot afford to be complacent.

Prime Minister Urges Ship Owners to Take Heed of Weather Warnings

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says that he is deeply concerned with reports of missing passengers on board the vessel MV Taimareho.

China Joins Battle to Prevent COVID-19 from Solomon Islands

The Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has joined in the battle to prevent the deadly corona virus from infecting Solomon Islands.