Politics Archive September 2022

Prime Minister Sogavare says that the current trend is driving humanity towards a three degrees’ Celsius world, which he says is not “a world we wish to bequeath to our future generations.”

Climate Change is the Single Greatest Threat to Our People: Sogavare

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday, and singled out climate change as the “single greatest threat to our people and the planet.”
Prime Minister Sogavare urges the body representing small Island states to call on the UN High Level Panel on the MVI to provide a timeline on delivery of the final report.

Sogavare Supports Call For Adoption of New Index to Measure Vulnerability

Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has told a meeting of the head of states and governments of Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) that Solomon Islands fully supports the organization’s objective to push for the Adoption of Multidimensional Vulnerability Index (MVI) at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The United Party candidate is among the six candidates who contested in the by-election.

Claudius Tei’ifi Wins West Kwaio Parliamentary Seat

Claudius Tei'ifi has won the West Kwaio Parliamentary seat. The newly elected MP contested under the Solomon Islands United Party (UP) banner.
Participants during the SICD Policy consultation facilitated by the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) in Honiara for Renbel Province participants.

Renbel Wants Robust Mechanism to Control CDF

Rennell and Bellona (Renbel) Province has showed overwhelming support for the first ever Solomon Islands Constituency Development (SICD) Policy intention as they expressed their desire for a robust mechanism to control the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
H.E Radu Gabriel Safta and PM Acting Honorable Manasseh Maelanga.

Romanian Ambassador Paid Courtesy Visit to Acting PM Maelanga

Romania’s new Ambassador His Excellency Radu Gabriel Safta paid a courtesy visit to Acting Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet today.
“These sessions are for all athletes across all sports. Mental skills training (MST) refers to the systematic and consistent practice of mental skills for the purpose of building a better performance.”

SINIS Works on Mental Strengthening for Athletes

The Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport (SINIS) introduced mental skills training with the mission to work with athletes and coaches across all sports.
“Construction work on the project is progressing with materials for the project finishing works already delivered at Jejevo except for the 100 layer chicks and the stockfeed which will be shipped to the project site as soon as the project is fully completed," said the Constituency Project Officer (CPO) Terence Gnokro.

Bara Community to Benefit from CDF Funded Poultry Project

Bara community within Maringe-Kokota Constituency (MKC) in Isabel Province will soon benefit from a poultry project worth SBD$89,035.00.
“Climate change is already impacting our islands and economy. As such, the Solomon Islands and other Pacific countries are in constant mode of recovery from disasters," said Honorable Sofu.

Solomon Islands Ranked Second in Terms of Disaster Risk

Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Honorable Stanley Festus Sofu (MP) told delegates at the Asia- Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) that the Solomon Islands is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
The Foreign Minister of Barbados Senator Dr. Jerome X. Walcott and Hon. Jeremiah Manele.

Solomon Islands and Barbados Formalizes Diplomatic Relations

Solomon Islands and Barbados have formally established diplomatic relations on 19 September 2022 at a special ceremony in New York.
Minister Manele and his counterpart from Qatar also discussed potential areas for cooperation and support towards the 2023 Pacific Games next year.

Minister Manele Discusses Potential Support With Qatari Counterpart

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Jeremiah Manele met with his Qatari counterpart Mr. Sultan Bin Saad Al Muraikhi at the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on 19 September 2022.
The main highlight will be when the Prime Minister delivers the Solomon Islands National Statement this Friday between 9am and 2:45pm New York time.

Sogavare Arrives in New York for UNGA

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Damukana Sogavare has arrived in New York City to participate in the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Chairman of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) Mr. Patterson Oti meets with Mr. Levan Bouadze, Permanent Representative of UNDP Pacific Office, and UNDP Country Manager for Solomon Islands Mr. Berdi Berdiyev.

Electoral Commission Chairman Meets With Senior UNDP Representative

Chairman of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) Mr. Patterson Oti has met with Mr. Levan Bouadze, Permanent Representative of UNDP Pacific Office, and UNDP Country Manager for Solomon Islands Mr. Berdi Berdiyev.
Hon. Seleso further assured the Ministry’s commitment to “coordinate with all the implementing partners for the smooth delivery of this important service delivery project.”

Strengthening Local Governance for Better Service Delivery in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islanders will now have better service delivery at the local level as the European Union (EU), together with UNDP and UNICEF, and the Solomon Islands Government today launched a new EUR 8 million (SBD 65.5m) project on provincial governance.
His Excellency Roi Rosenblit presented his Credentials to the Acting Governor General, Hon. Patterson Oti this morning.

Israeli Ambassador to Solomon Islands Presents Credentials

The Ambassador of Israel to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Roi Rosenblit has presented His Credentials to the Acting Governor General, Hon. Patterson Oti this morning.
He says now is the time to reaffirm that democracy, development, and human rights are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.

Polarization is Undermining Democratic Institutions: UN Secretary General

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the International Day of Democracy.
King Charles the III during his recent visit to the Solomon Islands.

King Charles III Officially Declared Head of State of Solomon Islands

King Charles III was officially declared the Head of State for Solomon Islands following his Ascension to the Throne on Monday 8 September 2022.
The eleventh Parliament will now dissolve on 31 December 2023, and the bill will cease to be effective on 1st January 2024. The national general elections will be held within four months from that date.

Parliament Passes Bill to Defer Elections to 2024

The upcoming national general elections will now be held in 2024 after Parliament passed the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2022 to defer the national general election.
The Queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, in Mayfair, London, on 21 April 1926. She died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.

Queen Elizabeth II Has Died

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.
Parliament should have been dissolved in May 2023, but should government have its way an amendment to the constitution will delay the dissolution of parliament until December 31, 2023.

Decision Day: “Will it be 2023 or 2024”

Parliament will get to decide today when the next national general elections will be held.
H.E Retno Marsudi on her arrival in Honiara earlier today.

Foreign Minister of Indonesia Arrives in Honiara

The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia, Her Excellency Retno Marsudi, arrives today in Honiara for a one-day visit.
“This is a serious constitutional amendment that affects the life of the house. So why the rush? For whose interest?” he questioned.

Wale Probes PM Over Decision to Rush Constitutional Amendment Bill

Opposition Leader Hon Matthew Wale has questioned the Prime Minister as to why he rushing the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2022 to extend Parliament and for whose interest.
The first reading of the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2022 to amend the country’s constitution to defer the National General Election from 2023 to 2024 was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday 6th September and expected for second reading on Thursday. It is also anticipated to be debated and passed on Thursday 8 September, 2022.

Businesses Call for Calm as Leaders Deliberate on Constitutional Amendment bill

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), as the peak body representing private sector, is calling for peace and stability as the country’s elected Members of Parliament (MPs) deliberate on the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2022 this week in Parliament.
“It has exposed Sogavare and his government’s real selfish agenda to hold on to power,” he said.

Kenilorea Slams PM's Response to Australia’s Offer to Fund Elections Next Year

Chairman of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee Hon Peter Kenilorea Junior has slammed the Prime Minister’s response to Australia’s offer to fund the National General Elections next year.
Mr Sogavare told parliament that vessels from Australia would be exempt due to its participation in a treaty.

Solomon Islands Exempts Navy Vessels From Australia and New Zealand

Navy vessels from Australia and New Zealand will be exempt from a temporary ban on foreign ships entering the ports of the Solomon Islands, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told parliament yesterday.
In July, the Biden administration announced a set of actions to enhance the US-Pacific islands partnership, including plans to open new embassies and secure USD$60 million per year for the next 10 years.

US President Joe Biden to Host First-ever Summit with Pacific Island Leaders

President Joe Biden will host a first-ever summit with leaders of Pacific island nations in late September, the White House said Friday, signaling US interest in the region where China is seeking to expand its influence.
Capt. Henry Kim Commander of the Pacific Partnership Mission presenting gift to the Ministry of Health and received by Health Permanent Secretary, Mrs Pauline McNeil.

Pacific Partnership Mission Pays Courtesy Visit to Ministry of Health

In a courtesy meeting yesterday morning Capt. Henry Kim, commander of the Pacific Partnership Mission to the Solomon Islands, and Mrs. Pauline McNeil, Health Permanent Secretary, both highlighted the need for continued partnership and collaboration for better health care service for Solomon Islanders.