Solomon Islands

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.

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.

Solomons Futsal team crowned OFC champs and World Cup-bound

The Kurukuru captain Elliot Ragomo said the team was so proud to be going off to Colombia to represent Solomon Islands, Oceania, and each of the nations' who took part in the OFC competition, which was staged in Suva.

The Kurukuru made a clean sweep of the tournament, scoring 23 goals and conceding just three.

Consistent performances saw the competition individual awards scooped by Solomon Islanders too, with Ragomo taking the coveted Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament.