Politics Archive June 2022

Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Jeremiah Manele and his Indian counterpart, the Minister of External Affairs, Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Solomon Islands and India to Enhance Bilateral Cooperation

Solomon Islands and India have renewed and reaffirmed their commitment to enhance bilateral cooperation to new heights.
“We talked about the Pacific Island Forum that will be coming up and the important agreement that has been made, led by the Fijian prime minister, to make sure the Pacific Island Forum can remain united and strong,” he said.

Albanese, Sogavare Speak for First Time

Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says he and Solomon Islands counterpart Manasseh Sogavare have broken ground with a "constructive discussion".
The Minister expressed the existential threat posed by the impact of Climate Change to Solomon Islands, resulting in economic loss, and the strain on limited financial resources to sustain economic development and growth.

Manele Calls on CHOGM to Support Small Island States

Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Jeremiah Manele reaffirmed Solomon Islands support to the Commonwealth’s priorities and initiatives to addressing global challenges faced by Small Island States (SIS) across the Commonwealth.
Police Minister acknowledges the role played by Mr. Osborne as leader of both the RAPPP program and Deputy Commissioner under the Solomon International Assistance Force (SIAF) program.

Police Minister Says Relationship with Australia Robust

The Minister of Police, National Security and Correctional Services (MPNCS) Mr. Anthony Veke says the relationship between the Australian Government and Solomon Islands is ‘always robust’ as the police farewells Commander Paul Osborne.
Special Secretary to the Prime Minister (SSPM), Albert Kabui led discussions and explained the rationale of the proposed deferral in line with constitutional processes while also taking time to respond to questions and concerns from church leaders.

Government Holds Open Dialogue with Churches on Election Deferment

An open dialogue on the proposed deferral of the 2023 National General Election between the Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA), the Solomon Islands Full Gospel Association (SIFGA) and the National Government Monday this week led to greater understanding by the two church bodies.
Hon Manuari said MPs should never be given the role to carry out consultations at the first place. He said it is a conflict of interest as the right group for such consultations is the constitutional reform committee in Parliament.

Opposition MP Lashes Out at Tactics Used by Government During Consultations

Member of Parliament for West Makira Constituency Hon Derrick Manuari has described the government’s strategy to use political appointees and losing candidates to speak against Opposition MPs as ‘cheap politics’.
“I want to see the CDF as an engine for the economic growth of this country and I believes this can be achieved through establishing a proper regulatory framework for the CDF,” PS Viulu said.

Ministry of Rural Development Priorities Unveiled

The newly appointed Permanent Secretary for the Solomon Islands Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) Dr. Samson Viulu, has unveiled a range of legislative reforms he plans to achieve during his tenure in office.
Dozens of countries have voiced concern about alleged abuses in China’s far western Xinjiang region, and demanded that the United Nations rights chief publish a long-delayed report on the situation there.

Solomon Islands Stands with China in UN Human Rights Council Statement

China’s investments in the Solomon Islands is paying dividends, in the form of support to China on crucial UN votes or joint statements.
The advanced analysis software tool has the capability to compare crime scene fingerprints to fingerprints of suspects, which is a huge boost to RSIPF in its fingerprint identification process and active investigations.

Software Tool to Match Crime Scene Fingerprints with Suspects

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is now equipped with a software tool to match fingerprints in crime scenes to suspects.
Foreign Minister Manele and senior government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade.

Manele Concludes Meetings at WTO Ministerial Conference

Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Jeremiah Manele concluded his participation at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) after the conference was extended by an additional day, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Penny Wong took time to visit King George VI school, there to witness the roll out of the Pfizer vaccine to students at the school - Australia being one of the main funders of the Pfizer vaccine - which ensures students can return to school and resume learning safely.

Australia's Foreign Minister in Honiara, Visits Schools and Communities

Australia's Foreign Minister Penny Wong met with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare today, the first visit to Honiara by the new Australian government.
The new Australian government says it was committed to deepening cooperation with the Solomon Islands on shared challenges.

Penny Wong To Visit Solomon Islands for Discussions with Sogavare

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong will travel to Solomon Islands on Friday for discussions with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and senior members of his cabinet.
Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Mr. Patterson Oti, reiterates that the Commission's mandate as stated in the Constitution is still the same regardless of whichever option is taken.

Snap Election or Deferment? Electoral Commission Convenes Workshop to Prepare for Elections

The question on everyone’s mind is whether there will be a snap election or a late dissolution of Parliament.
H.E Thomas Coward meets with the acting Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga.

UK Discuss Priority Projects with Government

British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, H.E. Thomas Edward Coward visited the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet yesterday to begin dialogue with care taker Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga on the national government’s priority projects.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) National Security and Operation Support Mr Ian Vaevaso.

Police: “Knoxly Atu Surrendered Himself”

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) wishes to inform the Public that Knoxley Atu has surrendered to police in recent weeks.
"The most important outcome is the, the unity of the Pacific."

Pacific Leaders Resolve PIF Leadership Crises

Pacific Island leaders have resolved a leadership crisis that has crippled the region’s peak diplomatic body.
Sources close to the government say another option that could be on the table is a snap election early next year, although such an option would be a challenge logistically.

Sogavare On a Mission to Extend Parliament

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is currently on tour to his constituency of East Choiseul, high on the agenda is the deferment of the national general elections by one year.
New Zealand High Commissioner says his country is steadfast in supporting a stable region and adds that a healthy diplomatic relationship is more important than ever as we continue to address the need for cooperation and cohesion across the region.

PM Receives Courtesy Call From New Zealand’s High Commissioner

Prime Minister (Acting), Hon. Manasseh Maelanga has extended warm greetings to New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Jonathan Schwass.
"Geopolitical point-scoring means less than little to anyone whose community is slipping beneath the rising seas," said Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

Pacific Nations Walk Away from Trade and Security Deal with China

Pacific Island countries have agreed not to sign a region-wide trade and security deal with China after a high-level meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his counterparts from 10 Pacific nations in Fiji.