Politics Archive September 2021

Wale says that by not having a clear policy document to guide the drafting of the proposed amendments, key stakeholders cannot contribute meaningfully to this important Bill.

Opposition Leader Blasts Draft Amendments to Telco Bill

The Leader of the Opposition group Mather Wale has blasted the draft Telecommunications Bill, stating that the intentions of the Bill will not be achieved in its current form.
The full extent of what was discussed is anyone’s guess, but it seems the message was so important that President Xi had to call directly, and not pass the message through his Ambassador in country.

China’s Xi Jinping Speaks with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on the Phone

China’s President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare Friday last week.
"We must remember there is more that binds us together as a human race than divides us."

Sogavare Calls for Global Solidarity in Fight Against COVID-19 and Climate Change

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has called for global solidarity in the fight against COVID-19 and climate change.
Mr Coward says that he is excited to be returning to Honiara and is also looking forward to visiting Nauru as soon as he can.

Thomas Coward Appointed as New British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands

Mr Thomas Coward has been appointed British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands and non-resident High Commissioner to the Republic of Nauru.
The new facility is a sovereign Solomon Islands asset, and will be owned and operated by the Solomon Islands Government.

Australia is Committed to a Peaceful and Secure Pacific

Australia is committed to the security and prosperity of the Pacific and wider Indo-Pacific region.
The three-hour workshop aims to equip Solomon Islands businesses with digital skills to successfully engage with customers locally, nationally and globally.

Facebook and SICCI Host Workshop to Support The Pacific Digital Economy

Facebook, in partnership with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) brought a free digital skills training programme to Honiara today.
Those that still refuse to get their first dose before 31st Jan 2022 will no longer be employed, or considered for employment, by the government or state-owned enterprises.

Grace Period for COVID-19 Jab Extended for Government Workers

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has confirmed that Cabinet has decided to extend the time period for those government workers that have yet to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.
He said given it is coming from a government officer with no jurisdiction over criminal matters, the statement leaves too many loose ends.

Wale Calls on PS Finance to Disclose Settlement With Win Win

Leader of the Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale calls on the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury to explain his recent statement in relation to the allegation that Win Win Investment Solomon Ltd attempted to smuggle 1.7kg of gold out of the country.
“We no longer have trust and confidence in Premier Daniel Suidani as leader of the Malaita Provincial Government."

Malaita’s Stance on China Will Not Change: Asilaua

The non-executive group that is aiming to topple Daniel Suidani’s MARA government says their stance on China will not change should they form government.
The Leader of Opposition stated that, “the shared values and principles of a Christian democratic nation have been at the heart of our continuous dialogue with the MARA government, both the Executive and non-Executive MPAs”.

Wale Responds to Asilaua on Claims of Opposition Interference

The Leader of Opposition and MP for Aoke Langalanga, Hon. Matthew Wale, regrets the comments made by Hon. Elijah Asilaua in a recent SIBC interview insinuating Opposition interference in the current political saga surrounding the leadership of Malaita Provincial Government.
The national stadium workforce during the ground breaking ceremony held recently.

Where Are the Local Jobs Promised?

While the country is focusing much of its attention on the COVID-19 pandemic, our economy and the opportunities that come with it, are taking a dive.
Back L to R. MHMS Permanent Secretary Mrs. Pauline McNeil, Wayne Irava World Bank Health Specialist/Economist. Front L to R. Newly recruited PMU staff Philip Bukah, Unity Kofana, Louisa Fakaia and Jahreth Limarii.

MHMS Launch Project Management Unit (PMU) to Implement COVID-19 SBD$40 Million Emergency Response Project

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has established and launched its Project Management Unit (PMU), to commence the implementation of the SBD40 Million COVID-19 Emergency Response Project that was announced at the end of 2020.
The Opposition Leader said, if the shameful NDF is open to all then publish the list of beneficiaries who received these funds in 2019 and 2020.

China Direct Funding to Government MPs Shameful: Wale

Recent revelations of an SBD$200,000 direct funding by the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) to each of the 39 Members of Parliament (MPs) in government has again brought to light the controversial National Development Fund (NDF) administered by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
The government says that those who choose not to take their first does of COVID-19 vaccine by 31st August 2021 will not be allowed to access their workplace from 1st September 2021 (today).

Deadline for First Jab of Mandatory Vaccination Lapses

The deadline for the first jab of the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination has lapsed. The government had stated earlier that those government workers that have not taken their first jab by the 31st of August 2021 will not be allowed into their place of work.

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