Politics Archive June 2021

Parliamentary Health Committee site visit to the quarantine centres at Nila, Shortland Islands in the Western Province.

Parliamentary Committee Inspects Provincial Quarantine Sites

The Health and Medical Services Committee has embarked on a 10 day visit to COVID - 19 quarantine sites in the Western and Choiseul Provinces.
Sogavare assured the Premier(s) that the PCDF funding to the Provinces will be increased under the current redirection policy and that will happen in two stages- details of which will come out later.

Sogavare Vows to Increase PCDF

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has announced in Tulagi this week that the National Government under his leadership will increase the Provincial Capacity Development Fund (PCDF) as part of the Government’s Redirection Policy.
“Within the short time of our bilateral relationship, you have delivered, and your assistance and support has touched the lives of ordinary Solomon Islanders,” he added.

Sogavare Reiterates Commitment to "Öne China Policy"

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has reiterated the Government’s respect and commitment to the One China Policy when he attended the opening of a Photo Exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at the Chinese Embassy in Honiara.
Hon. Minister Jeremiah Manele and High Commissioner Georgina Roberts stand with six pieces of pounamu to represent the quantum of fiscal relief being provided to Solomon Islands.

New Zealand Handed Over Fiscal Relief Support to Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands took ownership of a Fiscal Relief package worth about NZD 6 million or SBD34m from the New Zealand Government.
The signing took place at the Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (OPMC) by the Minister of Planning and Development Coordination, Hon Rexon Ramofafia and the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Dr Lachlan Strahan.

Infrastructure Sector Further Enhanced

The Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last week witnessed the signing of the Solomon Islands Infrastructure Program (SIIP) between the Solomon Islands and Australian Governments.
Prime Minister of Solomon Islands Manasseh Sogavare thanked Australia for the security partnership and described Solomon Islands and Australia as two nations not separated by the oceans but joined by the waves of peace, cooperation, prosperity and mutual respect.

Australia and Solomon Islands Break Ground on Outpost

Australia and Solomon Islands have held a ground-breaking ceremony in the Shortland Islands for the Western Border and Patrol Boat Outpost.
During two training sessions jointly organized by SPC and the MFMR in May 2021 with support from the consulting firm Aqua Energie LLC, thirty-three women and sixteen men from Wagina and Manaoba learnt new techniques and tips to boost their seaweed businesses.

Empowering Seaweed Farmers to Develop New Products

“Cottonii” seaweed is the traditional name of farmed seaweed in the Solomon Islands, a country made of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands located in the Pacific region. With a population of over seven hundred thousand, it has a GDP per capita of USD 2,295.
Australia is funding the construction of a 22km transmission system to deliver renewable energy generated by the Tina River Hydropower Project to Honiara.

Supporting Reliable Electricity for Solomon Islands

Improved access to reliable electricity for Solomon Islands is one step closer with a historic agreement signed yesterday with the Australian Government under the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP).
The Hon. Peter Kenilorea was recently appointed as the President of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) Parliamentary Assembly and Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

Speaker of Parliament Congratulates Hon. Kenilorea

The Speaker of Parliament, John Patteson Oti, on behalf of Parliament congratulates Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr, Member of Parliament for East Are and Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC), on his recent successful appointment to international Parliamentary platforms.
Prime Minister Sogavare encouraged citizens not to listen to misinformation and protect themselves by getting the jab.

PM Cautions Health Workers Over Vaccine Misinformation

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has expressed his disappointment at a small group of health workers who are promoting misinformation about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Most of these investors are perhaps better classified as speculative investors – they go in heavy and leave a big mess behind.

The Scourge of the Mining Industry

The Solomon Islands is blessed with natural resources – gold, nickel and bauxite are some of the non-renewable resources that lay below the surface.
Wale says in such circumstances it is in the best interest of all those affected, and the public at large, that due process be allowed to take its cause.

Wale Calls for Non-interference in Case Against Foreign Investor

Leader of Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale calls on the government to allow due process to take its cause in relation to the recent cancellation of SINO Capital’s Foreign Investment Board (FIB) approval.
One of the polling stations at the recent by-elections in Tikopia/Anuta Ward.

A Reflection on the Recent By-Elections in Tikopia/Anuta Ward

The recent by-elections in Tikopia/Anuta was conducted recently, the people spoke and George Rangi Manuvetea was duly elected as their new provincial member.
Honourable Galo’s decision to join the DCGA makes him the 39th member of the ruling government.

Newly Elected MP for South Choiseul Joins DCGA

The Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) has welcomed its new member; he is the newly elected Member of Parliament for South Choiseul Constituency Honourable Sammy Galo.
The Opposition Leader says the public needs to know what was discussed and agreed upon prior to the commencement of the project.

Wale Calls for Full Disclosure on Mamara Housing Project

Leader of Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale calls on the Government to make full disclosures on all dealings relating to the Mamara Township Development Project to date.
The Prime Minister will be the guest of honour during the celebrations that will be held at the Provincial Assembly area in Buala today.

PM Welcomed in Buala

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare arrived in Buala, Isabel Province yesterday ahead of today’s 2nd Appointed Day celebrations.
Buala, the provincial capital of Isabel province.

PM Departs for Buala

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare left for Buala, Isabel Province, this morning to attend the province’s 2nd Appointed Day celebrations.