Solomon Islands

Solomons PM urged to ratify UN disability convention

People with Disability Solomon Islands made the call during a meeting with prime minister Manasseh Sogavare last week ahead of his upcoming trip to New York for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The organisation's president Casper Faasala says people living with disability in Solomon Islands are marginalised and have limited access to basic services like education, healthcare and clean water.

Mr Faasala believes ratifying the convention would mainstream ongoing work to make a more inclusive society for people with disabilities.

Solomons reforms logging sector to avoid court action

James Apaniai says it is common knowledge the appointment of customary landowner trustees often sparks disputes over logging operations.

Mr Apaniai says many of these disputes end up in the courts and the government needs to reform the appointment process.

He says disputes over logging operations that go before the courts revolve around disagreements between customary landowner trustees or trustees and tribes.

The Ministry of Forests and Research is currently drafting changes to the Forestry Resource and Timber Utilisation Act.


Solomons tourism urged to carve its own path

This comes as the country's tiny industry works to expand cruise ship business by improving infrastructure and developing cultural experience for visitors.

The chair of the tourism board Wilson Ne'e says he believes Solomon Islands has a lot to offer travellers, but operators should stop trying to compare themselves with well established competitors.

Mr Ne'e says work is underway to improve berthing facilities in Honiara in anticipation of a huge spike in the number of cruise ship visits next year.

Solomons Leadership Code Commission gets tough on leaders

The Commission's Chairman, Francis Luza, says leaders are being reminded to draw the line between official and personal interests.

He says leaders must be guided by law and not allow personal business interests to undermine their official tasks of looking after their public offices, adding they are not above the law.

Mr Luza made the reminder while addressing newly appointed Permanent Secretaries in Honiara.

He says the Leadership Code Commission has an important task of safeguarding leaders who must declare their financial affairs.


BSP remain committed to acquire Westpac bank in Solomon Islands

Bank of South Pacific (BSP) is working closely with the Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) to obtain the necessary approvals and discussions with the CBSI have been positive and have well-progressed.

This was revealed in a statement by BSP Group chairman Kostas Constantinou.

He says BSP is confident for a positive conclusion of the new application that is before the CBSI to allow the transaction to proceed shortly thereafter.

Seventh Day Adventists told to leave Solomons island

Solomon Islands Mission coordinator Pastor Irving Vagha says there are just three Seventh Day Adventists on the far eastern island of Anuta

Recently they built a small church against the wishes of the island's chief, who then demanded they pull it down and has ordered them to leave the predominantly Anglican island.

Pastor Vagha says the president of the church is trying to meet with his Anglican counterpart to find some resolution.

Solomons Govt gets tough on illegal logging

Mr Parapolo says the measure is part of the government's crackdown on illegal logging operations.

He says he is very concerned about the level of allegedly illegal logging but says at the moment there is no way of verifying reports of illegal activity.

Mr Parapolo says the government will work with the Forest Association to track down illegal operators.

New York opportunity for Pacific artisans

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) are inviting cultural enterprises in the crafts, visual arts and fashion sectors from Fiji, Samoa and Solomon Islands to apply for funded participation at the popular tradeshow which attracted over 30,000 buyers from over 80 countries this year.

PNA happy with ‘finalist’ selection in industry competition

The finalists for the prestigious industry award were unveiled last week at the sixth edition of Seafood Expo Asia in Hong Kong. Dawn Martin, President of SeaWeb, was joined by Suzanne Gendron, Director of the Ocean Park Foundation in Hong Kong and a 2016 Seafood Champion Awards Judge, to make the announcement to a crowd of seafood industry professionals and media.

After 12 years, RAMSI Police to leave Solomons' Malaita

The Australia-led force was deployed in 2003 after five years of ethnic tensions during which hundreds of people were killed, and thousands forced to flee their homes.

RAMSI has been gradually withdrawing its presence throughout the country as the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force takes control of frontline policing.

The RAMSI force commander, Greg Harrigan, says the police force in Malaita has proven it can maintain law and order without frontline assistance from RAMSI.