Politics Archive February 2023

The two Prime Ministers meeting at the margins of the PIFs Leaders summit in Fiji.

Sogavare Meets With Rabuka in Fiji

Solomon Islands is in ready mode to cooperate further and work together with the Government of the Republic of Fiji as a close neighbor, members of the MSG and the PI Forum and the UN on issues of common and mutual interests bilaterally, regionally, and multilaterally.
“They cannot simply address administrative, financial and procurement issues to deal with the medicine shortage in the country so they will try to blame others for their failure,” he said.

Do Not Blame Nurses, Blame Yourself: Opposition Leader

Opposition Leader Hon Matthew Wale says it is discriminating for the Government to accuse nurses of illegally selling medical drugs.
Honiara during lockdown, an empty stretch of what is normally a busy part of Honiara town.

$2.5M Issued by MID During COVID With No Payment Voucher

After the declaration of a State of Public Emergency (SOPE) on 25 March 2020, the government developed a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan (PRP), and the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) played a key role in this plan.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Jeremiah Manele, Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to the Solomon Islands, H.E Fremin Emilio Sosa Rodriguez, Acting Governor General, Hon. Patterson Oti and Permanent Secretary of MFAET, Colin Beck.

Catholic Representative to Solomon Islands Presents Letter of Credence

The Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to the Solomon Islands has presented his letter of credence to the Acting Governor General, Hon. Patterson Oti at Government House.
The three ministries spent over SBD$90 million dollars on goods, services, and works to support the response to the pandemic, most of it through a truncated procurement process.

Audit Report Uncovers Multiple Internal Control Failures of COVID-19 Funds

The Auditor General’s Office (OAG) has identified a range of internal control failures in its recently released Audit reports into the administration of Disaster Relief Funds during the COVID-19 outbreak in Solomon Islands.
“Even suppliers of medicines and other health supplies are complaining of not being paid for almost 12 months now. The 2023 budget for drugs will merely meet the arrears from 2022. So it's clear this situation will get worse,” he said.

Opposition Leader Slams Governments Negligence on Drug Shortage at the Hospital

Opposition Leader Hon Matthew Wale has lashed out at what he described as ‘total government negligence’ on medical drug shortages in the country.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Jeremiah Manele (second left) at the 8th Bali Process Ministerial Conference held in Adelaide, South Australia. Here he is joined by Deputy Secretary MFAET, Cornelius Walegerea, H.E. Robert Sisilo and Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce (SICCI) Board Chairman Ricky Fuo'o.

Solomon Islands Remain Committed to the Bali Process

Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Jeremiah Manele says Solomon Islands remains committed to the Bali Process.
Ambassador Mose and WCO Secretary-General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya showing membership certificate.

Solomon Islands Becomes Member of the World Customs Organization

Solomon Islands became the 185th Member of the World Customs Organization (WCO) on 26 January 2023, when it deposited its Instrument of Accession to the Convention Establishing a Customs Co-operation Council, with the Government of Belgium as the Depository.
MRD Permanent Secretary Dr. Samson Viulu and his officials together with representatives from the Accountability and Integrity institutions that attended the consultation.

MRD Holds Consultation on Draft CDF Legislation With Integrity Institutions

The Ministry of Rural Development has successfully held a half-day consultation on the draft Constituency Development Fund legislation with Accountability and Integrity institutions on Friday 3rd February 2023.
The official unveiling of the U.S flag outside the U.S Embassy in Honiara.

U.S Officially Opens Embassy in Honiara, Solomon Islands

The United States of America has officially opened its embassy in the Solomon Islands.
 A core part of this funding (SBD54 million) has been allocated for the refurbishment of seven (7) schools and institution’s dormitories and classrooms in Honiara which will serve as athlete accommodation during the Pacific Games.

Australia Funding Helps Prepare Games Village and Athletes Accommodation

The Sol2023 DFAT support Steering Committee has met for their second consecutive monthly meeting this week, since signing the Australian Government Direct funding arrangement for the 2023 Pacific Games Support Program on November 2022.
Participants and stakeholders of the two day workshop at the Heritage Park Hotel.

Advancing Openness, Inclusiveness and Transparency of Political Parties

The Office of the Registrar of Political Parties, in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) hosted a two-day workshop for political parties’ officials and other relevant stakeholders to advance their roles in transparency, inclusiveness and accountability of political parties.

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