Manasseh Sogavare

Six parties could form next Solomons government

The Island Sun said the six are the Solomon Islands Democratic Party, the United Democrats, the United Party, the People's Alliance, People's First, and the Party for Rural Advancement.

These parties can boast a slight majority with 26 MPs in the 50 seat house.

The paper said party leaders are expected to commit to a grand coalition agreement which appears set to lock out independent MPs, who constitute a block of 17 in the new parliament.

Fiji hits back over Indonesia's place in the MSG

Speaking in the Solomons parliament Monday, Manasseh Sogavare said Fiji should apologise for bringing Indonesia into the MSG.  

He said Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama breached MSG procedure by forcing the other four full members to accept Indonesia as part of the sub-regional grouping, whose full members are Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and FLNKS Kanaks movement of New Caledonia.  

Indonesia was admitted to the MSG with observer status in 2011 after Bainimarama assumed the MSG's rotational chairmanship.  

MSG chairs say West Papua will be admitted

Vanuatu's Daily Post reported Prime Minister Sogavare reportedly saying Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia's FLNKS movement would admit West Papua at the next MSG Leaders’ Summit in Vanuatu, even if Papua New Guinea and Fiji stay away.

The postponed MSG leaders’ summit will be held in December.

West Papua is a province in Indonesia that shares the common land border with Papua New Guinea.

Solomon Islands PM tours Pacific Games venues

Solomon Islands will be hosting the 2023 Pacific Games and Sogavare says the real work will start after the bid to make sure the infrastructures are ready in time before the Games.

“Since we are here, I know we can learn a lot of from the experience of Papua New Guinea.

“So far this morning we toured a number of sites and one thing of course is the infrastructure.

Solomons PM urged to press on with anti-corruption bill

Manasseh Sogavare suspended the passage of the 2016 Anti-Corruption Bill after its first reading two weeks ago, citing a reversal in the bi-partisan support for the bill.

But the executive officer for Transparency Solomon Islands Ruth Liloqula said the postponement suggested an internal struggle, as the government should not need the support of the opposition or independents to pass the legislation.

Solomon Islands to host 2016 Pacific Islands Development Forum Summit

The acceptance was communicated in a meeting between the Prime Minister and the PIDF Director-General, Francois Martel in Suva, Fiji last Friday during his MSG Capitals’ tour.

Martel requested the meeting to update the Prime Minister about new developments of the PIDF since its last summit in the Fiji Capital in September 2015 and also to put forward to him the proposal for the Solomon Islands Government to play host to the 2016 PIDF Summit.

MSG Chair to continue regional tour

Manasseh Sogavare was forced to postpone the Suva leg of his tour after Cyclone Winston struck Fiji.

While in Suva, the Prime Minister will give nearly $US900,000 to assist in the recovery and rehabilitation effort.

Mr Sogavare has been touring member countries including Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia.

The leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group are concerned at the state of the MSG secretariat and are planning a special summit to try and remedy it.

 

Solomon Islands PM launches new aid policy

Called Aid Management and Development Cooperation Policy, the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination, in consultation with other stakeholders, produced the document.

Sogavare said foreign aid to Solomon Islands is relative large and is a major source of funding for development.

“In 2015, the total aid reported was approximately $1.1 billion (US$123 million), funded by bilateral and multilateral development partners,” Sogavare said.

“This made up approximately 68 per cent of the development expenditure in 2015,” he added.

France urged to comply with UN decolonisation process

In 2013, the General Assembly voted for a resolution sponsored by Solomon Islands to re-inscribe the territory on the UN decolonisation list but Paris has all but ignored the decision.

France has said it won't buy into the UN decolonisation process and also ruled out holding an immediate independence referendum as requested by the territorial assembly.

Speaking at the UN in New York, Sogavare has urged France to change.

Sogavare urges UN Human Rights Council to address West Papua

Sogavare made the call in New York Thursday in his address at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

“All states have a legal duty and moral responsibility to uphold, respect and promote human rights and where necessary take preventive, protective and punitive measures against human rights abuses or violations in accordance with the UN Charter and applicable international laws,” Sogavare said.