Solomon Islands

PX flights to Honiara suspended

This follows the withdrawal of all services operated and supplied by Solomon Airlines effective June 7, 2016 until further notice.

Air Niugini’s flight PX082 from Port Moresby to Honiara and Port Vila on Tuesday has been rerouted to operate from Port Moresby to Port Vila direct.

Flights between Port Moresby and Nadi, Fiji will be nonstop and not via Honiara until further notice.

Air Niugini is waiving rebooking and cancellation fees for disrupted Honiara passengers.

MSG differences sorted, PNG to host MSG Leaders meeting

During their meeting, Prime Minister Sogavare expressed appreciation on behalf of the government and people of Solomon Islands to the Government and people of Vanuatu for backing Solomon Islands bid to host the 2023 Pacific Games.

He said with the support of Vanuatu, the other two MSG Member countries, Partners to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) from the Micronesian region and a few Polynesian countries, Solomon Islands successfully secured the hosting right for the regional games in 2023.

Solomons need $1billion to host successful 2023 Pacific Games says PM

Solomon Islands won the bid to host the 2023 Games following a close tussle against Tahiti at the second and final day of the Pacific Games Council (PGC) General Assembly in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Tahiti in their bid made excellent and professional presentations with most of the facilities used in previous games to be upgraded for 2023 should they win. 

Race to get land for stadium in Honiara for Pacific Games

Ministry of Lands officials said two sites have been identified in the capital Honiara but have yet to get the final endorsement by cabinet.

The officials said there are also issues of illegal settlers on one identified site.

Solomon Islands to host 2023 Pacific Games

The Pacific Games Council's General Assembly voted in favour of the Melanesian country by one vote over French Polynesia, which also lost out to Tonga in the final vote for the 2019 Games.

RNZI reports both delegations made their final presentations in Port Vila on Wednesday.

Solomons leader in Port Vila to chase Games votes

According to RNZI, the Solomons delegation includes the provincial government minister, David Tome, and the opposition leader, Jeremiah Manele.

The bid will seek votes from the 22 member countries on the Pacific Games Council.

Solomon Islands is up against French Polynesia, which lost the 2019 rights to Tonga.

Solomons make one last push to hold 2023 Pac Games

RNZI reports the Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare asked for a special adjournment in parliament to facilitate the trip and promised to back the bid with funding.

The Solomons effort is being run on the basis that the Games have eluded the country for far too long, with the last event, the 1982 Mini Games.

Solomons to bid for 2023 Pacific Games

Asking for a special adjournment in parliament, he said a delegation would be travelling to Vanuatu to make the bid.

In recent months, the government revealed it was interested in bidding and promised to back the bid with funding.

Mr Sogavare says members of parliament will be part of this delegation.

The leader of the opposition Independent Group, Dr Derek Sikua, wished the government success in the bid.

He said the Pacific Games had eluded Solomon Islands for far too long, and said the last games, the Mini Games the country held in 1982, was too long ago.

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.

PNG tops Pacific in internet cost

Solomon Islands has the second most expensive internet service in the Pacific region.

According to them, the last updated report on internet access affordability on Pacific Islands was three years ago.

“Technological progress in Internet access is slowly but surely being felt in the Pacific.”

It states that ADSL and/or fixed wireless broadband is available in all the countries they have included in their analysis including newcomer Nauru.