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PIDF Deputy Director General, Mr Lomaloma presents
a gift to the PIDF Chair, Prime Minister Sogavare at their meeting.
Hon Sogavare met a visiting team from the Suva-based PIDF Secretariat led by the Deputy Director General, Peni Lomaloma in Honiara today.
Mr Lomaloma updated the Prime Minister on the Organisation’s progresses including its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan following last year’s Summit in Honiara as well as a brief on the upcoming August Summit.
The Summit is expected to attract hundreds of visitors from around the region and the world to Honiara for a series of meetings focusing on the “Blue Economy concept”.
“I am really looking forward to host our visitors in August,” Hon Sogavare said.
Created in 2013, the PIDF is a unique organisation, with membership from across the Pacific, inclusive of Regional Governments and Territories, the Private Sector, which is the primary generator of economic prosperity and also from the Civil Society who represents a genuine voice in development.
The Organisation was created out of a desire to bring Transformative Changes in member countries by focusing on sustainable and inclusive development in the region.
The PIDF uses the expertise of the private sector, normative leadership of the public sector, and successful delivery mechanisms of civil society in its services to its members.
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Talking to Nghi who presented a letter of credential, Utu Ofagioro Kabui congratulated Vietnam on its socio-economic achievements recorded during its reform process, saying that the Solomon Islands wants to expand relations with Vietnam.
He suggested both sides should continue coordinating at international and regional forums in fields of shared concern, especially climate change and malaria.
On the occasion, Nghi paid courtesy visits to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and National Parliament Speaker Ajilion J Nasiu, and met with Ministers of the island nation.
At the meetings, he affirmed Vietnam’s recognition of high importance to friendship and cooperation with island nations in the southern Pacific Ocean, including the Solomon Islands, adding that Vietnamese leaders want to welcome high-ranking officials to Vietnam,.
The two countries should meet more on the fringe of multilateral and regional forums as the better way to foster bilateral cooperation, he told his host.
The Vietnamese diplomat and the Solomon Islands’ leaders also discussed measures to bolster cooperation in trade, investment, agriculture, aquaculture and tourism.
Vietnam and the Solomon Islands established diplomatic ties in 1996. Last year’s two-way trade hit US$3.4 million.
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The Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare has reiterated the cordial and good relations between Taiwan and Solomon Islands.
And he adds their peoples are best friends.
He made the reiterations Dec 27 while launching a new water supply and sanitation project at artificial island of Funafou in the Lau Lagoon of North Malaita, Malaita Province.
The Funafou water supply and sanitation project had been financed by the Taiwanese Government.
Mr. Sogavare and the Taiwanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Victor Tesun Yu took part in the launch of the water supply and sanitation project.
Prime Minister Sogavare said Solomon Islands and its people regard Taiwan and its people as their best friends because they remained in Solomon Islands during the ethnic tension period more than a decade ago while other diplomats closed their doors.
He said as Prime Minister at the height of the dark period, he more or less persuaded the Taiwanese Ambassador then, Mr. Py Teng to return to Taiwan where he and his family would be safe.
But he told the cheering crowd at Funafou that Mr. Teng stood firm that he and his office staff would not abandon Solomon Islands and instead exerted his country’s bilateral assistance including providing budgetary support to supplement government meagre budgets.
In response, Mr. Yu told the gathering that Taiwan is grateful to Solomon Islands for continuing to support its applications to join United Nations international agencies.
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SOLOMON Islands is the first country in the Pacific region to operate an e-passport system, thanks to the Public, Private, Partnership (PPP) Model between the DCC Government and the IRIS Corporation Berhad Company of Malaysia.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare officially launched the e-passport system on Thursday, at the Honiara International Terminal.
The successful launch of the system came about after the DCC Government signed an agreement with IRIS Corporation Berhad in November 2015.
This is to help establish the information and management system of e-passport and boarder control in Solomon Islands.
The Immigration Division of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration was mandated under the agreement to implement the e-Passport and Border Control and Management System.
The implementation of the project started early April 2016.
Prime Minister Sogavare was a happy man yesterday, when he proudly declared the e-passport system open.
“….for Solomon Islands, this project is the first of its kind in the region and since it was also an additional policy initiative of the DCCG, the Government decided therefore to undertake the project under a Public/Private/Partnership (PPP) model, another first since launching of the PPP study Report,” Mr Sogavare said.
He added that it is important also to recognize such engagement, between the government and private companies together with the e-Passport and Border Control and Management System.
“From the government’s perspective, having the e-passport and Border Control and Management System in place will have enormous benefits for Solomon Islands Citizens and country,” the Prime Minister said.
Mr Sogavare further highlighted that the IRIS Corporation Berhad was an easy choice to engage for the project as it is recognised for producing Asia’s first integrated smart card facility and for launching the first e-Passport in Malaysia in 1998.
Speaking on behalf of the company, the Project Manager Sim Shin Yun said they are happy to work together with the National Government through the Immigration department to make this project a success.
“As this is the first e-Passport system being set up in the Pacific, we are happy to contribute towards the history of this set up.
“On behalf of the IRIS Corporation Berhad, I would like to thank the staff of the Immigration department for working closely with me and my team towards the success of this project,” Ms Sim said.
Meanwhile, following the successful launching event yesterday, there are few works that needs to be done before it goes into full operation.
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CHAIR of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Manasseh Sogavare has created history for Solomon Islands regionally in being the first leader to sign a new Melanesian Free Trade Agreement.
The agreement was signed by Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare in the presence of trade Minister, Milner Tozaka and members of the MSG office in Port Vila, Vanuatu on friday.
The event on Friday sets a new bench mark for MSG member states, with Solomon Islands being the first country to sign the agreement which will be followed by Fiji, PNG and Vanuatu.
The third version of the new trade agreement has increased its coverage from commodity trade to three new inclusive trading that includes the trade in services, labour mobility and investments.
The Solomon Islands in particular, the treaty will be effective as of January 1st 2017 with an aim to liberalize every product as was promised to deal with over the past seven years.
The PM and MSG Chair, Mr Sogavare said the new agreement is very comprehensive, and will help the nation build its capacity to do something better and to improve ways of doing things—in terms of trade competition.
PM Sogavare further said the agreement is a very good one and will support Solomon Islands improve its capacity for investment and labour mobility.
“We are not exporting much out of Solomon Islands with Vanuatu, but we receive lots of investment, and if you really analyze this properly, we are net gainers under this trading with PNG,” PM Sogavare said.
“There’s more than 50 big investors from Papua New Guinea investing in Solomon Islands with billions of dollars—so we don’t look at trading of goods only,” Chair Sogavare said.
“I think what needs to be done is challenge us Solomon Islands to improve our manufacturers to participate effectively,” Mr Sogavare said.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Milner Tozaka said they have broadened and deepened the trade and economic integration from two previous agreements.
With the new comprehensive agreement, Minister Tozaka said it will help Solomon Islands not only in goods exchange between ourselves, but also in capacity building.
Mr Tozaka further highlights the positive things about the agreement and how it will be assisting member countries to upgrade services that are acceptable.
The treaty signed will apply to MSG and non-MSG members—as main trading partners are also those outside of the cycle.
However, after seeking all the MSG leader’s signature, the MSG team will seek support on the endorsement for the ratification of treaty, which will be called the Melanesian Free Trade Agreement.
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On the picture H.E. Moses Mosé Ambassador of Solomon Islands,
Permanent Representative Peter Javorčík from Slovakia to the EU
and Director for Migration and Mobility, Belinda Pyke.
Friday, 7 October 2016, Brussels: On behalf of the Solomon Islands, HE Ambassador Moses Kouni Mosé, signed an agreement for a short-stay visa waiver programme with the Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the EU, HE Ambassador Peter Javorčík (rotating presidency of the European Council) and the Director for Migration and Mobility, Belinda Pyke at the Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs.
The visa waiver regime provides for visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to the territory of the Solomon Islands, and reciprocally for Solomon Islanders when travelling to the EU for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period.
Solomon Islands thus joins the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, the Independent State of Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of Kiribati and Tuvalu for the visa-free travel to the EU.
The Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom are not be subject to the application of the agreement, in accordance with the protocols annexed to the EU treaties. Therefore the visa regime to these member states remains subject to their national legislation.
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PRIME Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has hailed the signing of the Motalava Maritime Border Treaty as a deal achieved and sealed in the true spirit of Melanesia.
When presenting his remarks during the signing ceremony on Friday 7th October, Prime Minister Sogavare acknowledged the ‘deep respect for sovereign rights’ upheld during the long peaceful process of negotiating the eventual border demarcations.
Hon Sogavare said the Treaty expresses ‘our desire to uphold and respect our unique Melanesian traditions, customs and cultures in a globalising world’.
“The Maritime Border Treaty will protect the indigenous right of our people, and to remain united, to fight for the indigenous rights of other Melanesian brothers who are suppressed and deprived of that right.”
“I believe the Treaty we have signed today shows our unity to stand and fight for the rights of Melanesians and the expression of the desire of the two nations to respect each other as sovereign states of Melanesia.”
“It is also the expression of the desire for the two nations to stand together and fight for the common good of Melanesia, from West Papua to Fiji,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.
“From now on, we have the solemn duty to respect the spirit in which the Treaty is signed, with responsibilities under international laws, with respect for one another and traditional knowledge of Melanesia.”
Prime Minister Sogavare said the Treaty enables the two nations to continue to build and grow their relations to from strength to strength.
He thanked his Vanuatu counterpart, Hon Charlot Salwai for his vision in committing to the signing of the Maritime border Treaty, ending 33 years of peaceful negotiations.
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Prime Minister Sogavare in his face-to-face dialogue
French Polynesian President, His Excellency Fritch
French Polynesia (Tahiti) has offered to help Solomon Islands develop its tourism industry.
It also proposes potential areas for wider Pacific regional cooperation in airline services and restrictive fishing limits.
A government statement confirms these agendas were discussed in a meeting between Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and the French Polynesian President, His Excellency Edouard Fritch in Honolulu, Hawaii, last Friday.
On the tourism help proposal, President Fritch said French Polynesia is willing to share its tourism expertise and experiences with Solomon Islands to help improve its tourism industry.
On that note, the French territory offers to host the Solomon Islands Minister for Tourism in Tahiti on a look and learn trip and also send its tourism experts to Solomon Islands.
Mr. Fritch also touched on the proposition for regional airline services, saying the establishment of a regional airline is an excellent idea that could promote multi-destination tourism.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sogavare in his response welcomes the help offered by the French President to Solomon Islands tourism industry and the proposition for a Pacific regional cooperation to advance common Pacific interests.
The Prime Minister says the proposal is crucial as the strength of the Pacific Island nations lie in working together and speaking with one voice on issues of their collective interest and concern.
Mr. Sogavare says among others, regional airlines proposition is a great idea that could be operated by way of a codeshare agreement amongst the different Pacific nations.
The Prime Minister points Solomon Islands has been considering the idea of entering into codeshare arrangements with some Asian airlines to provide services to and from Solomon Islands to certain Asian destinations to tap into the huge Asian Tourist market.
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Nous partons dans l’Océan Pacifique.
C’est là que sont pêchés la plupart des thons aujourd’hui consommés dans le monde.
Un marché de plusieurs milliards de dollars. Une ressource qui semble infinie tant les poissons sont nombreux et faciles à pêcher. Mais l’espèce est menacée et la guerre contre la surpêche a commencé.
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Les cinq policiers sélectionnés pour la mission avec le Commandant
des forces de police des îles Salomon (3e à gauche)
Pour la première fois dans l'histoire, les Îles Salomon vont contribuer aux efforts de l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour le maintien de la paix. Ils sont partis ce weekend pour une mission d'un an au Darfour, dans l'ouest du Soudan.
Le Darfour est actuellement l'épicentre d'hostilités entre le gouvernement soudanais et les rebelles du Mouvement de libération du peuple soudanais. Les pourparlers de paix n'aboutissent pas et la région vit une véritable crise humanitaire.
L'ONU y envoie donc ses casques bleus, notamment pour faciliter le travail des ONG et des associations. Il y a trois ans, l'ONU a demandé aux Îles Salomon d'envisager l'envoi du personnel de police qualifié sur les missions des Nations Unies dans le monde. 137 officiers salomonais ont exprimé le souhait d'y participer. Un groupe présélectionné a été soumis à des tests médicaux, et diverses formations, notamment dans le maniement des armes à feu et autres techniques de maintiens de la paix.
Cinq policiers seulement ont été sélectionnés. Il rejoindront dans cette mission des volontaires d'autres pays insulaires du Pacifique, notamment des Samoa et des Fidji.
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SUVA, REPUBLIC OF FIJI, 03 AUG 2016
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) this week welcomed over 170 representatives from Pacific Islands countries, Accredited Entities to the GCF, development partners, civil society and the private sector to the Pacific Regional Meeting. The meeting was co-hosted by Australia and the GCF.
Co-Chair of the GCF Board, Ewen McDonald, opened the high-level segment in the presence of Pacific Leaders and Ministers by stating, ‘The Pacific Islands are already experiencing the impacts of climate change, and are making efforts towards reducing emissions and climate-resilient development. The Green Climate Fund exists to support that transformation and this workshop will help Pacific Island countries access this finance’.
Co-Chair Zaheer Fakir added, ‘This workshop is a key part of the Fund’s efforts to work with countries and accredited entities to attract high quality, ambitious and paradigm-shifting funding proposals. The Board has already approved over USD400 million in funding approvals, and we aim to reach USD2.5 billion in approvals by our final Board meeting for 2016 in Apia, Samoa in December.’
Ministers and regional partners recognised the good progress the Pacific region has made in securing over US$68 million in GCF funding to date. Participants shared experiences in accessing GCF funding and identified key areas that could improve the region’s access to the GCF, including strengthening country capacity, improving coordination and developing strong partnerships.
The event has contributed to building a pipeline of Pacific proposals for the GCF, with a range of potential proposal ideas across themes such as water, energy, strengthening resilience, and transport.
At the technical workshop over the last two days of the meeting, Pacific Island countries worked with Accredited Entities and other partners to further develop key ideas into proposals so they can be ready for GCF Board consideration later this year, and beyond. This included practical discussions on potential regional programmes including in renewable energy, energy efficiency, insurance, and oceans.
Participants developed a Pacific GCF roadmap that identified a range of potential country and regional level proposals to be prepared for GCF consideration. The roadmap, coupled with strong partnerships and networks formed during the Pacific Regional Meeting, will help maintain the momentum for the Pacific towards realising its ambition and maximising benefits for the region with the GCF.
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Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Singapore’s Senior Minister of State, Josephine Teo met in Singapore reaffirming their government’s commitment to the ties that exist between Solomon Islands and Singapore.
The two leaders appreciated the opportunity of the face-to-face dialogue to reaffirm their commitment to the friendly ties that exist between the two countries.
A statement by the Prime Minister Press Secretary says Prime Minister Sogavare and Senior States Minister Teo dialogued on Singapore’s Cooperation Programme (SCP) established in 1992 to serve as the primary platform through which Singapore offers technical assistance to other developing countries including Solomon Islands.
Technical assistance provided under the SPC involves training courses or study visits conducted in Singapore in the areas of agriculture, childcare education, communications and transport, economic development, law and public utilities and other sectors.
Sogavare said Solomon Islands has benefited from the SCP since its introduction.
The Prime Minister thanked the Singaporean Government for the significant contribution it has made to the development of Solomon Islands through this programme.
Meanwhile, the Singaporean Senior Minister of State said the SCP is one way Singapore can make a meaningful contribution to its relations with Solomon Islands.
Minister Teo told Prime Minister Sogavare, Solomon Islands officials mainly attended technical training programmes provided under the auspices of SCP in the areas of finance and economic development.
She said training opportunities can be extended to other areas requested by the Solomon Islands Government.
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It has been a global and endless debated issue, yet governments come to no conclusion. Sea level rise as it is known; due to Climate Change impact is now invading our beautiful Islands and homes.
This is an irresistible issue around the globe and the big guys have no choice but to find solutions. The real life issue wedged much on human race and the environment around us.
It has been a worry and governments have been trying to make recommendations to adapt to its (climate change) impact.
We can’t stop climate change impact, however, we have to shift ourselves to adapt to it.
Climate change, perhaps the greatest threat to the Pacific Ocean's health, jeopardizes all aspects of the Pacific Ocean and its communities' sustainability.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said at the recent Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) in Honiara that the issue of the adverse effects of climate change needs political will and concerted leadership.
Pacific islands leaders were retold that the issue of resettlement of our Pacific Islands people as a result of sea level rise is critically important to our region.
“This issue cannot be dealt with solely at programmatic level within the many regional bodies that are present with us today; neither can it be reworked by our respective national agencies.
“The PIDF is uniquely placed to offer this space political commitment and concerted leadership.
“The link between political commitment, concerted leadership, technical knowledge and innovative solution is present within the PIDF.
“This mix can be blended and brought together to deal with this pressing issue of climate change,” he said.
Sogavare revealed that there has been some genuine progress on the issues of climate change through the support by development partners like UNESCAP and the EU.
“I have observed that our development partners, which some of them are attending the PIDF, in particular UNESCAP and the EU have made genuine progress on this issue of climate change and the PIDF, under my Chairmanship will ride on the bandwagon of their partnership in this strategic approach.”
It’s good to hear Sogavare mentioned that there is genuine progress on the issue of climate change which crushed wildly on Pacific Islands small states.
This issue of climate change which resulted in sea level rise is a must-dealt-with stuff to ensure our vulnerable pacific Islands communities are not swallowed.
Increasing sea surface temperature, sea level rise, and ocean acidification all result from increased CO2levels.
Pacific countries have already identified strong effects of ocean warming, changes in ocean circulation, and abrupt shifts in precipitation patterns.
The bleaching and subsequent deaths of reef-building corals caused by warm water pulses have destroyed reef ecosystems.
Shifts in ocean and atmospheric currents have created massive dead zones or changed migration patterns of whales and seabirds.
In addition, decreasing pH levels due to CO2acidosis are shifting the ecological balance of marine plankton and bottom dwelling species that form calcium skeletons.
Some ocean areas have already acidified to levels known in laboratory studies to cause harm to ocean life.
The rates of current environmental change caused by climate change far outpace anything seen in human history—and will likely accelerate in the near future.
Sea level rise as caused by Climate change cause great destructions to the environment and impact on humankind.
It has broken down sea walls, flooded villages, inundated food-producing land and contaminated freshwater wells.
Houses have collapsed with coastline erosion, tree cover has declined, increasing human and plant vulnerability to the intense tropical sun and, day by day, people’s energy is consumed more by basic survival.
According to research it stated that the impact of climate change was first noticed on Ontong Java in the 1990s for the Solomon Islands.
“Satellite data shows the sea near the Solomon Islands has risen annually by 8mm over the past 20 years, compared to the global annual average of 3mm.
“Ontong Java in Malaita Province possesses a total land area of 12 square kilometres, is an average two metres above sea level, with a population of about 3000.
Since 2010, the Anglican Church of Melanesia has worked on improving food security for its Polynesian communities.
“The main problem is saltwater intrusion into the soil,” George Bogese, ACOM’s mission aid and program officer, explained in the capital Honiara.
“The fear of the people of Ontong Java is they will eventually lose the islands that have sustained them for thousands of years.
“For the Solomon Islands government, climate change is the most critical development issue facing the nation, and it is now bracing for the impact of climate-induced migration.
“Who will make the final decision on migrants’ fate? In a nation where 87% of land is under customary care, not state ownership, can enough land be secured for new settlements?
“In a least developed country, where will the money and capacity come from to relocate an entire island’s population? It is worrying.
“The Solomon Islands government aims to have its first climate change relocation policy completed by the end of the year, but there will be formidable challenges in implementation,” according to Crikey report.
Island communities in the Pacific Ocean are facing unprecedented challenges to their economies and environment from the impacts of climate change, according to a new report released at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar.
“Sea level rise, tropical cyclones, floods and drought, combined with pressures from unsustainable fishing practices and coastal development, and consumption and production trends, are rendering the livelihoods of some 10 million people increasingly vulnerable.
“Low-lying islands in particular could face projected losses of up to 18 per cent of GDP due to climate change.
“The report recommends actions to enforce legislation, improve the availability of environmental data, and strengthen environmental institutions to help meet the major climate change challenges facing the Pacific region.
“The study highlights successful efforts to create community-managed conservation areas, such as marine parks, which have used indigenous knowledge to improve recycling, energy efficiency and sustainable water use. Such techniques can be scaled up, and serve as a model for other regions, said the report.
Addressing the press at the conclusion of the summit late Wednesday, Mr Sogavare who has assumed the PIDF Chairmanship for a two-year period said, “ It was a very successful summit. Everything went very well as planned with a number of very important resolutions reached.”
He said the summit started off with pre-summit discussions on various topics of interest to PIDF Member States and concluded with the handing over of the chairmanship from Prime Minister Hon Bainimarama of Fiji to him as well as discussions on the report of the PIDF Secretary-General Mr Martel Francois.
The pre-summit discussions covered the Paris Agreement, which emanated from the United Nations Summit on Climate Change in Paris (COP21), roadmap to COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, Harnessing and Guaranteeing Ocean Wealth, Enhancing Collaboration in Achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and Opportunities for Accessing Climate Change Adaptation Financing.
The PIDF chairmanship handover to the Solomon Islands Prime Minister from his Fiji counterpart- the first time for another PIDF Member State apart from Fiji to take on this role- will see the incumbent serve for a two-year term.
The report by the PIDF Secretary-General covered PIDF’s Budget and Work Programme for 2017, Regional Development Trust Fund, Roadmap for Climate Change, Proposal for a Pacific Climate Treaty, Resolution for the Observance of the Pacific Year of Ocean 2017, PIDF Blue Economy Conference in 2017, PIDF role in UN Conference on Oceans and Seas, PIDF Contribution to the Climate Induced Migration Summit and the IMO- European Union Project on Capacity Building for Climate Change Mitigation in the Maritime Shipping Sector.
“As you know the Pacific Islands Development forum is made up of small developing island states and is a very inclusive organization and therefore the summit was very much focused on getting our collective voice on global issues affecting us.
“We acknowledge that because of our smallness, we can only make an influence decisions on issues that are global if we have a collective stand and I think we have improved on that. The outcome of the Paris Agreement for example- the number of positions that were put forward by our small island developing states leading on from the climate change heavily focused Suva Declaration (this declaration emanated from the third PIDF Leaders’ Summit held in Suva, Fiji in 2015).
“A number of issues that were raised by leaders at that forum are reflected in the Paris Agreement. What is left now is the implementation of that agreement which we leaders see as a huge challenge but once again there is that collective approach because of our smallness.
“The achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for example, while we appreciate that the prime responsibility to ensure these goals are achieved rests with member countries to streamline our various targets and goals to develop economical strategies and the need for a collective voice on decisions on very important issues affecting us underpins the importance of the PIDF.”
The resolutions reached at the 4th summit will be developed into a declaration called the Honiara Declaration, which will be released in due course.
The Secretary-General Mr Francois in turn thanked the Solomon Islands Government for hosting the summit, adding that it was quite special as it was the first to be held outside of Fiji since the inception of PIDF in 2013 and enforcement of the PIDF Charter during the third Leaders’ Summit in Suva, Fiji, 10-months ago.
He said the decision to start hosting the annual summit outside of Fiji shows the spirit of inclusivity the PIDF wants to instill in its members.
“We owe the gratitude for Solomon Islands to take on that challenging role. Prime Minister Sogavare has taken upon himself quite a challenge because we are talking about two years of chairmanship, which means two Leaders’ Summits, four Members of the Representative Council Meetings and hopefully the 2017 Blue Economy Summit,” Mr Francois added.
The PIDF Secretary-General said the PIDF Leaders at this year’s summit focused not only on the PIDF organizational structure but also discussions reflecting on the oceans and the key issues that will happen in 2016 and 2017.
He said the summit also focused on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the roadmap of the PIDF to the upcoming UN Climate Change Summit (COP22) in Marrakesh, Morocco.
“You know we were all excited that the Paris Agreement was signed though it has not been fully ratified yet. But there is a lot of excitement about what could be done but there are also a lot of difficulties in ensuring that we are not trying to rewrite the Paris Agreement.
“COP22 is not about refining the Paris Agreement. It’s rather about putting in place modalities for its implementation and the Pacific still has a very key role to play in ensuring that we continue the leadership role that we took in Paris, France and that is evident by the work that leaders did in the shaping of the Suva Declaration.”
Une étude publiée par trois universités australiennes établit que la Grande Barrière de corail est gravement menacée par le réchauffement climatique. Le blanchissement se produit lorsque la température de l’eau augmente et que le corail est mourant.
Selon ces chercheurs, près de 35 % des coraux sont touchés dans les zones observées au nord et au centre de ce site classé au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco.
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Les îles qui ont été rayées de la carte ont une superficie allant jusqu'à cinq hectares.
Cinq îles des Salomon dans le Pacifique ont disparu en raison de la montée des eaux et de l'érosion côtière. Six autres sont fortement touchées.
Ce sont des scientifiques qui ont donné l'alerte. Les cinq îles qui ont totalement disparu n'étaient pas habitées mais porteuses de végétation, d'une superficie allant jusqu'à cinq hectares et que les pêcheurs utilisaient parfois comme escale. "Il ne s'agit pas seulement de petits îlots sablonneux", a expliqué à l'AFP l'un des auteurs de l'étude, Simon Albert.
Sur les six autres îles touchées, l'érosion de la côté a précipité une dizaine de maisons dans la mer depuis cinq ans, et obligé deux villages à se relocaliser plus à l'intérieur.
Les îles Salomon sont particulièrement menacées à la fois par la montée des eaux qui est près de trois fois plus importante dans ce secteur que dans la moyenne mondiale et par des vagues particulièrement violentes qui érodent les côtes.
La réaction locale à cette évolution peut également servir d'exemple pour les pays menacés par la montée des eaux, expliquent aussi les scientifiques, qui notent que la ville de Taro, capitale de la province de Choiseul, a déjà prévu de se relocaliser vers des terres plus hautes.
Les îles françaises également menacées
La montée des eaux, liée au réchauffement climatique, menace l'ensemble des îles du Pacifique dont les 118 îles de la Polynésie française. Les scientifiques estiment que les eaux pourraient monter de 50 centimètres d'ici 2100, menaçant les 270 000 habitants de l'archipel. L'archipel des Tuamotu serait particulièrement sensible et pourrait même, lui aussi disparaitre des cartes. Des îles comme Tahiti ou Bora Bora seraient également très affectées.
Plusieurs études publiées ces dernières années alertent également sur les dangers encourus par Wallis et Futuna et la Nouvelle-Calédonie.
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Face à la Polynésie française, les Iles Salomon ont remporté, ce mardi, l’organisation des Jeux du Pacifique de 2023, à l’issue d’un vote serré.
« Nous avons fait de notre mieux. Félicitations aux Iles Salomon, 11 voix contre 10 pour les votes », a déclaré sur sa page Facebook Tauhiti Nena, président du comité olympique de Polynésie. Pour la ministre polynésienne des Sports, Nicole Sanquer, « c’est l’affectif qui a encore joué, puisqu’en donnant les jeux aux Iles Salomon, les Vietnamiens normalement devraient apporter leur contribution financière, pour financer des infrastructures ». Au Vanuatu depuis dimanche pour l’assemblée générale de l’Oceania national olympic committees (ONOC) qui s’est déroulé mardi, la délégation polynésienne n’aura pas fait le poids face à l’offre des îles Salomon, « ils ont proposé une offre de gratuité pour le logement et la nourriture, mais également pour le transport aérien, une gratuité pour 50 personnes de chaque pays », pouvait-on lire dans un communiqué. Selon Radio 1 Tahiti, les retombées économiques des Jeux du Pacifique sont estimées à environ 12 millions d’euros, sans compter les subventions pour la remise en état des installations sportives, le renouvellement du parc matériel ou encore, la création d’un Palais des sports.
Les candidatures sont donc closes pour les Jeux du Pacifique de 2023. Cependant, l’organisation des Jeux de 2019 rencontre quelques difficultés. En effet, « le Premier ministre tongien, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, estimait l’an passé que la situation financière du pays était trop mauvaise pour accueillir l’événement. Mais un autre problème est apparu, des querelles internes. Si elles ne se règlent pas, l’organisation des jeux de 2019 risque de leur être retirée. Et même si la Chine, le Japon et la Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée auraient assurées leur aide, autre sujet important, la participation de l’Australie et de la Nouvelle-Zélande », révèle ABC Radio Australia. Si effectivement l’organisation des Jeux de 2019 est retirée aux îles Tonga, la Polynésie française pourrait-elle, éventuellement, prétendre à une nouvelle candidature ? Affaire à suivre.
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Solomon Islands has welcomed its first ever Japanese ambassador, Kenichi Kimiya.
Japan announced last month it was upgrading its consulate to a full embassy and in today's welcome both countries assured each other of their commitment to boosting diplomatic ties.
Mr. Kimiya was charge' d'affair in the previous Japanese set up in Honiara.
He said the Solomons government should establish a diplomatic mission in Tokyo and Solomons' prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, said it would seriously consider that.
Mr. Kimiya said Japan also wanted the Solomon Islands Government to provide state-owned land for a new and permanent residence for the ambassador.
Japan has been funding the Honiara Road Improvement Project and Mr. Kimiya said his government was considering other big infrastructure projects to 'contribute to the prosperity of Solomon Islands.'
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Solomon Islands is to host the Pacific Islands Development Forum later this year.
It will be the fourth summit of the PIDF and the first to be held outside of Fiji.
Island Sun reports that the Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare accepted a proposal by the PIDF Secretariat to be this year's host, while he was in Fiji this month on his tour of Melanesia as chairman of the Melanesia Spearhead Group.
The PIDF was established in 2013 by Fiji's military regime which has repeatedly denied that it was trying to create an alternative to the Pacific Islands Forum as the region's pre-eminent grouping.
It bills itself as a conduit for sustainable development in the region and meeting the real needs of island states.
The PIDF Director-General, Francois Martel, said the secretariat feels the hosting responsibility should be taken on by other PIDF member countries to reflect their inclusivity and also the growing recognition of the PIDF as an international organisation.
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HONIARA, dimanche 28 février 2016 (Flash d’Océanie) – Sir Peter Kenilorea, qui dirigea le premier gouvernement post-indépendance des îles Salomon, est décédé en fin de semaine dernière à l’âge de 72 ans, a rapporté la radio nationale publique SIBC.
Sir Kenilorea est décédé « paisiblement » à l’hôpital national de la capitale Honiara, a annoncé le gouvernement local.
Les îles Salomon ont accédé à leur indépendance du Royaume-Uni le 7 juillet 1978.
Avant que de devenir le premier chef d’un gouvernement du nouvel État indépendant (puis d’être réélu par deux fois à ce poste jusqu’en 1986), Sir Peter Kenilorea avait aussi exercé les fonctions de chef du gouvernement au sein de l’Assemblée Législative de transition, dès 1976.
Au cours de sa carrière politique post-indépendance, il a aussi occupé les fonctions de Vice-premier ministre et de ministre des affaires étrangères. Il fut aussi à deux reprises, après 2000, Président du Parlement, au lendemain de graves troubles ethniques et politiques et d’une crise qui avait, en 2003, suscité une intervention militaro-policière lourde, sous l’impulsion de l’Australie et de la Nouvelle-Zélande, sous mandant du Forum des Îles du Pacifique (FIP).
Au cours des années 1990, après un passage de trois ans à la tête de l’Agence des Pêcheries du Forum des Îles du Pacifique (FFA, basée à Honiara), il fut aussi médiateur de la République, avant que d’être étroitement associé aux négociations qui conduisirent à l’ébauche d’un processus de paix mettant ainsi fin à une crise de cinq ans (1998-2003).
Le gouvernement des îles Salomon a organisé des funérailles nationales, tout en rappelant que cet ancien dirigeant avait été anobli par le Reine Elizabeth II d’Angleterre (le Chef de l’État), mais avait aussi été fait Grand Cordon Spécial dans l’Ordre de l’Etoile Scintillante de la République Populaire de Chine. Il avait aussi été fait Docteur Honoris Causa de l’Université du Queensland (Australie) en 2008.
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Solomon Islands foreign currency reserves have risen to be one of the strongest in the Pacific Region, a visiting team from the International Monetary Fund told Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.
The team which came to Solomon Islands on a mission to review the country’s economic reform progress paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister today and briefed him on its findings.
Leading the mission is Hoe EE Khor, Deputy Director of Asia Pacific and Patrizia Tumbarello, Unit Chief of Small States Unit of the Asia and Pacific Department.
In a brief presentation to the Prime Minister Khop said, “We are pleased to inform you that Solomon Islands foreign currency reserves is one of the strongest in the Pacific Islands region and this is indicative of Solomon Islands strong economic performance and effective macro-economic management policy.”
This position is accentuated by the low international financial lending level, which means Solomon Islands has the lowest debt in the Pacific Islands region.
The IMF Team advised that it would be good for Solomon Islands to maintain its strong level of foreign currency reserves, adding that being a least indebted country, Solomon Islands has room to maneuver in terms of securing loans through which it can finance greater investment that will grow the economy further.
The Prime Minister in turn welcomed the positive economic findings, stating that the Democratic Coalition for Change Government is committed to further strengthen Solomon Islands economy and ensure that the country maintains its strong level foreign currency reserves in the immediate future.
Prime Minister Sogavare said the proposed anti-corruption legislation is part of the DCC Government’s move to restore public trust and confidence in the government and ensure the efficient delivery of services by government institutions, remains the top most priority for the government in the ensuing years.
The group also expressed appreciation for the Democratic Coalition for Change Government’s move to strengthen the country’s governance institutions and made reference to the anti-corruption legislation which the Government is determined to introduce during the first sitting of Parliament this year.
It also noted with a great deal of interest the Democratic Coalition for Change Government’s decision to allocate increased funding for rural development through Members of Parliament.
On the issue funding allocation for rural development through MPs, the Prime Minister said the DCC Government is looking at ways to ensure stringent check-and-balance mechanism is put in place to strengthen use of and accountability for the use of these funding.
“We are looking at improving the legislation governing this funding and I appeal to IMF for assistance in this area,” he added.
The Prime Minister also said the government intends to allocate $1-Million (US$123,000) from the annual allocation of rural constituency development fund for each constituency for women in the hope that some of these funding will assist women and young girls to start family income-generation projects in the villages.
“These women should be identified and encouraged to join the small but growing number of rural women who have become members of the financial inclusion programme, which IMF is funding in-country. It’s a great way of financially empowering women,” he said.
Both parties made a firm commitment to strengthen partnerships in the next phase of IMF assistance to the DCC Government. The IMF Mission Team Leader assured the Prime Minister that the IMF Fiji Office is ready to provide immediate advisory assistance should the Government require.
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L'information peut paraître surprenante : les îles du Pacifique se rapprochent du Maroc. Les responsables politiques de la région se sont en effet rendus à Rabat, au lendemain de la COP21, pour participer au deuxième Forum Maroc - Îles du Pacifique.
Une première rencontre avait eu lieu en décembre 2012. Comment expliquer cette proximité entre des pays si éloignés ? Bertrand Tungandame, de la rédaction francophone de SBS, a posé la question au ministre marocain des Affaires étrangères, Salaheddine Mezouar :
« Le lien est d'abord construit sur le fait que nous sommes dans un monde, où la distance n'a plus rien à dire. Deuxièmement, il y a une vision et une conviction du Maroc : le partenariat sud-sud est fondamental dans les équilibres du monde. Troisièmement, cette région du monde est constituée de peuples qui ont une histoire, qui ont une culture, qui ont souffert, et qui ont besoin d'une véritable et sincère solidarité. »
Le Maroc se félicite du « soutien de l'ensemble des États des îles du Pacifique » sur la question du Sahara. Rabat revendique la région, mais son statut reste à déterminer. L'ONU considère qu'il s'agit d'un territoire non autonome.
Si cette question est essentielle pour le Maroc, ce qui intéresse les pays de la région, c'est la lutte contre le changement climatique. Et sur ce point, Rabat propose son aide. Salaheddine Mezouar :
« Il y a des défis communs, il y a le défi de l'environnement. C'est une région qui est menacée, sérieusement menacée par le réchauffement climatique. On est un pays engagé, on abrite la 22e COP, et nous sommes, nous avons été et nous continuerons à être aux côtés des îles du Pacifique pour défendre leur avenir et leur apporter une modeste contribution dans notre savoir-faire et notre capacité à mobiliser des choses au profit de leur développement. »
Comme le précise le ministre de l'Environnement et du Changement climatique des Îles Salomon, Samuel Manetoali, qui a participé à ce Forum à Rabat, le Maroc propose notamment son aide dans les domaines des énergies solaire et hydraulique.
Ce que les différents partenaires veulent surtout, c'est de passer à la mise en œuvre concrète des divers engagements pris pour limiter le réchauffement de la planète : « L'une des raisons pour lesquelles on s'est rendu au Maroc, c'est pour discuter de ce qui doit se passer lors de la prochaine réunion, pour trouver comment traduire les engagements pris en actions concrètes », précise ainsi Anote Tong, le président des Kiribati.
La 22e conférence mondiale sur le climat, la COP22, aura lieu en novembre 2016 au Maroc.
A Solomon Islands government minister says a post-COP21 meeting in Morocco has provided some practical steps to take in the global fight against climate change.
The meeting held in Rabat last week discussed the main challenges facing Pacific Island countries in implementing the COP21 deal.
The Solomons Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Samuel Manetoali, attended the talks and says Morocco is keen to help in areas of hydro and solar power.
The countries also discussed cooperation over funding.
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The Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Hon Samuel Manetoali has called for the collective establishment of practical medium and long-term carbon emission pathways to limit temperature increase to well below 1.5 degrees Celsius in the remaining days of the 21st United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) or COP21.
Hon Manetoali made the call yesterday afternoon when addressing the United Nations Climate summit which now in its final week at Le Bourget in Paris, France.
About 40,000 delegates inclusive of heads of states and governments, government officials, non-governmental organization representatives and observers are in attendance to negotiate a comprehensive legally binding agreement to forge a way forward in fighting global warming.
The Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology who heads the Solomon Islands delegation told the summit that the establishment of medium and long-term emission reduction pathways capable of limiting temperature increase to well below 1.5 degrees Celsius and enhancement of the Kyoto Protocol are significant in stabilizing global temperature increase at this level.
“In the remaining four days, we must collectively establish medium and long-term emission reduction pathways capable of limiting temperature increase to well below 1.5 degrees.
“We must also enhance implementation of the Kyoto Protocol which is fundamental to enhance pre 2020 climate action. It lays a solid foundation for enhanced post 2020 action to secure aggregate emission pathways consistent to achieve a below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Stabilizing global temperature increase to well below 1.5 degrees Celsius will enable my country to sign onto the new Agreement.”
The Kyoto Protocol adopted at the third Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 3) in Kyoto, Japan, on 11 December 1997, shares the objective and institutions of the Convention.
The major distinction between the two, however, is that while the Convention encouraged industrialized countries to stabilize GHG emissions, the Protocol commits them to do so. The detailed rules for its implementation were adopted at COP 7 in Marrakesh in 2001, and are called the ‘Marrakesh Accords.’
Minister Manetoali registered his delegation’s ‘grave’ concern over the failure of the Convention’s (UNFCCC’s) two subsidiary bodies to include the consideration of 2013-2015 review of the global temperature goal under the Structured Expert Dialogue (SED) report.
TheSED review report summarizes the face-to-face dialogue between over 70 experts and Parties on the adequacy of the long-term global goal in the light of the ultimate objective of the Convention and the overall progress made towards achieving the long-term global goal, including a consideration of the commitments under the Convention. It includes a technical summary and a compilation of the summary reports on the four sessions of the SED.
The technical summary synthesizes the work done by the SED and includes 10 messages capturing the key findings from its sessions.
He told the world leaders and officials that science should be allowed to guide the decisions of COP and urged that this year’s summit must address the findings of this report.
The Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology said climate change is causing havoc around the world and it is in this context that his delegation has come to Paris to support France and work with all parties to the UNFCCC to come up with a pact that is comprehensive, ambitious and legally binding to save the world from this onslaught.
“The world is going through one of the hottest years ever recorded, the frequency and intensity of climate-induced disasters are now an annual event in my country. It is undermining sustainable development, and fueling poverty and hardship in countries contributing the least to its cause, yet suffer the most adverse climatic impacts.
“It is in this connection, my delegation is here to support the French Presidency and working with all 193 Parties in getting a comprehensive, ambitious and legally binding Agreement to save our people.”
He added that, “Climate change is man-made problem and can be addressed, here in Paris. We are the last generation that will be remembered to guarantee humanity’s survival. We have one shot at getting it right. Let us not fail our people and the future of humanity.
“Our task at this historic gathering is to breathe new life into the twenty-three year old Climate Change Convention as climate change is fast creating an uncertain future for all.”
The Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology pointed out that despite the submissions of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) by parties, regretfully ambition remains low, destining the world to more than 3 degrees Celsius rise in temperature.
And this, he added, is in direct conflict with the objective of the convention (UNFCCCC).
The objective of the UNFCCC is to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system. The convention states that such a level should be achieved within a timeframe sufficient to allow ecosystems adapt naturally to climate change, to ensure that food production is not threatened and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner.
The head of Solomon Islands delegation also told the UN climate summit that Solomon Islands supports the 134 developing countries pushing for a ‘Loss and Damage Article under the Paris Agreement. The Foreign and Environment Ministers of participating countries are looking at the final text of this Agreement this week before being finalized.
“This is spelt out in ‘Article 5’ of which Solomon Islands would like to see a ‘Loss and Damage’ institution to deal with permanent loss and damage as a result of climate change. We would like to see the institution fully supported to carry out its mandate,” he added.
Hon Manetoali added that whilst Solomon Islands contributes a mere 0.01 percent of global carbon emissions, under its INDCs, it is punching way above its weight by taking more than a fair share as part of the global solution to the carbon emission problem.
He told the summit that Solomon Islands commits to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent below 2015 level by 2025 and 30 percent below 2015 level by 2030.
The Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology added that Solomon Islands could even contribute a further 27 percent reduction in emissions by 2025 and 45 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 given appropriate international assistance.
In this context, he said a REDD+ mechanism and support to strengthen carbon sinks and implement INDCs must be part of the new agreement to emanate from COP21.
REDD+ stands for countries' efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and foster conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.
Minister Manetoali took the opportunity to also welcome the Republic of China on Taiwan’s INDCs and its new law to manage greenhouse gas emissions and reiterated Solomon Islands support for its meaningful participation in the UNFCCC process, stating that no one should be left behind. Taiwan is only participating in COP21 as part of the Solomon Islands Government delegation and on Observer Status.
He also used the opportunity to declare Solomon Islands position over the terrorism and the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
“Solomon Islands joins the international community in standing in solidarity with France over the recent tragic events and condemn all terrorist attacks globally.”
A New Zealand national, Captain Walding has been piloting Solomon Airlines’ Islander and Twin Otter aircraft since joining the carrier in 2000.
Her attainment of an Airline Transport Pilots License allows her to take the helm of the carrier’s A320 flagship, in the process becoming Solomon Airlines’ first female pilot to realise this achievement.
Describing Captain Walding’s appointment as a benchmark moment for the carrier’s equal opportunity development for its female pilots, Captain Sumsum said her success represented a major achievement especially in the context of a traditionally male dominated Melanesian environment.
“Since joining us Claudia has never looked back,” Captain Sumsum said.
“She is an inspiration to her gender, having the right mindset to turn a long term potential goal into a reality.
“Congratulations must go to Claudia for her determination to rise to the occasion and lead from the front - literally the front of the cockpit - in her quest for high achievement.”
Captain Sumsum said Claudia’s accomplishment would act as an inspiration for the airline’s other female pilot, Captain Linda Tito who currently flies the airline’s Islander aircraft and acts as first officer on board Twin Otters.
“As a close friend, Claudia’s achievement will certainly inspire Linda,” he said.
“Linda is currently undertaking additional studies in Australia as part of an aviation degree while at the same time seeking to achieve her Airline Transport Pilots License.
“Once she has achieved this, she too will eventually take command of our larger aircraft including the Dash-8 and the Airbus.”
Captain Sumsum also took the opportunity to congratulate Captains Cornelius Vonseu and Steven Aumanu who have just completed their Instructional Techniques Course (ITC) with the assistance of Solomon Islands Civil Aviation (CAASI) Instructor, Captain Gerard Rea.
The ITC course, conducted in the airline’s Henderson Airport training facility, is seen as instrumental in Captain Vonseu achieving his D category Flight Check Approvals for the Twin Otter, in the process enabling him to become a Twin Otter training captain assisting Chief Pilot, Captain Geoff Posala in his role as currently the only Check & Training pilot in the airlines’ domestic fleet.
Captain Steven Aumanu will achieve the same category, which will eventually qualify him to become the second Check & Training pilot for both the airline’s Twin Otter and Islander aircraft.
“We wish all these inspirational pilots all the best in their flying career and look forward to their continued development and contribution to our National Airline,” Captain Sumsum said.
Captain Claudia Walding - the first female pilot to take command of Solomon Airlines' flagship airbus A320.
IT’S official. The Solomon Islands has been named the number one ‘Hottest travel destination for 2016’ in Australia.
The ‘Hapi Islands’ beat off 20 other destinations to take the premier spot in the high profile News Limited ‘Escape’ travel section published this week.
Distributed nationally, ‘Escape’ is read by literally millions of Australians every weekend.
Adding weight to the number one nomination, Carnival Cruise Line Australia CEO, Ann Sherry was quoted in the article as saying she believed the Solomon Islands “will win the hearts of travellers next year.”
Ms Sherry went on to say that the Solomon islands was off the beaten track so there was a great sense of adventure involved in travelling there, adding the destination was not as remote or inaccessible as people may think.
Carnival Cruise Line Australia will operate several cruises into the Solomon Islands as part of its 2016 South Pacific cruise program.
This is the second time in less than a year the Solomon Islands has earned strong recognition in the Australian travel media.
Writing for the high profile Sydney Morning Herald, travel writer Tatyana Leonov named the country as one of the “friendliest for tourists” on the planet.
In her article Ms Leonov described the Solomon Islands as one of the few countries that really stands out because of the generosity and warmth of the people.
Ms Leonov visited the destination as a guest of the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau’s International Media Visitation Program which in 2015 with support from Solomon Airlines has hosted more than 20 travel writers.
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Une équipe de chercheurs a découvert une tortue fluorescente au large des Iles Salomon, constituant « la première observation de fluorescence chez un reptile aquatique ».
L’équipe de chercheurs explorant les fonds marins des Iles Salomon au nord-est de l’Australie est tombée nez à nez avec cette magnifique tortue fluorescente, teintée de jaune, vert et rouge qu’ils ont immortalisée en images. En effet, cette tortue a la capacité d’absorber la lumière puis de la renvoyer avec une longueur d’onde, donc avec des couleurs différentes : c’est la biofluorescence. Il ne faut pas confondre ce phénomène avec la bioluminescence comme chez les lucioles et certains planctons, produisant leur propre lumière. Les faits ont été rapportés dans le magazine National Geographic le 28 septembre 2015.
Cette tortue est une espèce en voie de disparition : Eretmochelys imbricata, plus communément nommée tortue imbriquée. En effet, cette tortue évoluant des les eaux tropicales est fortement menacée par la pêche aux écailles, mais aussi parce que ses œufs sont ramassés pour être consommés.
Selon le biologiste américain David Gruber, il s’agit de « la première observation de fluorescence chez un reptile aquatique ». La caméra du scientifique était équipée d’un filtre jaune pour filmer avec cette couleur les organismes fluorescents. D. Gruber s’est interrogé sur la couleur rouge présente sur la carapace de la tortue, et en ayant mené l’enquête en comparant diverses tortues captives de la région (et en testant d’autres couleurs), il s’avérait que chacune de ces tortues peut réémettre une lumière rouge. Le biologiste estime alors que cela peut venir des algues collées à leur carapace. Quant au jaune et au vert, ces couleurs proviendraient de la tortue elle-même.
Voici la vidéo (en anglais) tournée par les scientifiques :
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Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said he is planning to attend both the 2015 United Nations Climate Change conference in France and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the Mediterranean state of Malta.
He revealed this in a recent meeting with the French Ambassador to Solomon Islands Mr. Pascal Maubert.
The meeting was requested by Ambassador Pascal to specifically confirm the Prime Minister’s attendance in this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference and whether the new time schedule for the meeting – November 25 and 26 – is convenient for him.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sogavare said climate change remains a major challenge for small island states including Solomon Islands.
He calls on major emitters to reconsider lowering the rate of their greenhouse gas emissions.
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Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government strongly believes a public –private sector partnership is a way forward to boost tourism industry in the country.
He highlighted this when speaking before the Council of Tourism Ministers meeting at Heritage Park Hotel.
“My Government is a strong believer on the public-private sector partnership. We believe in inclusive decision making and I’m pleased this sector has taken that approach. This is the way forward, if we are to achieve a united goal with our people in our provinces.
“As we gather for this important meeting today (yesterday), let me say to you once again that my Government is not here to ponder on petty issues that do no good to our development. DCC Government is committed to embrace development that brings tangible benefits to Solomon Islanders. That vision can only be realized when all of us work together as a team,” Mr. Sogavare said.
He said, everyone must be committed to build relationship and close structural gaps between national gov’t and provincial government.
“I would like to tell you my good provincial ministers and your provincial secretaries today (yesterday) that we must be committed to build relationship and close structural gaps between National Government and provincial governments.
“We must be committed to break silos and build bridges with the private sectors and build relations with donors and other stakeholders to be active participants in our tourism development.
“This is a challenging proposition when one considers the chains of underdeveloped and unfinished tourism infrastructures in many parts of the country,” Prime Minister said.
Mr. Sogavare encouraged all provincial tourism ministers and provincial secretaries to create collaboration to the plans to address pertinent issues of tourism in Solomon Islands.
“I would like to encourage all provincial tourisms ministers to embrace this plan so that it can collectively work with the private sectors. It is plan that believes on public-private partnership approach to development. It is also a plan that tackles key challenges and obstacles to development.
“It is a plan that capitalizes on opportunities by minimizing risks. I would like to encourage you all to create collaborations to this plan so that we can all work together to address the pertinent issues to our tourism industry.
Meanwhile Mr. Sogavare encouraged the tourism ministry and provincial tourism office to put their discussed plans into actions.
“My good Ministers and PSs would like to tell you plan promises a lot of good things. It was put together by professionals who understand the issues that hinder the successful development of this sector.
“But like all plans, unless it is implemented it will remain a good plan. I’m highlighting this point because it is one of the major weaknesses in our country.
“Good plans are often left to collect dust and fail to achieve their objectives because we do not allow them to guide the way we organize the supporting institutions and strategies. This includes the allocation of budgetary resources, strategic support to our service providers, and the list goes on.
“Your discussions will not be complete without touching on the possible reasons why this plan will not bring about the desired outcome,” Mr. Sogavare said.
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Le 11 juin 2015, dans les salons du Concert Noble à Bruxelles, M. Jean-Paul Carteron, Ambassadeur Extraordinaire et Plénipotentiaire des Îles Salomon, s'est vu élever à la dignité de Commandeur dans l'Ordre de Leopold II suivant le Décret royal de SM le Roi Philippe en date du 30 avril.
M. Didier Reynders, Vice-Premier Ministre et Ministre des Affaires Étrangères de la Belgique présidait la cérémonie et lui présenta les insignes de son grade au nom de Sa Majesté le Roi.
Un dîner officiel offert par le Gouvernement du Maroc a suivi, sous la présidence conjointe de M. Didier Reynders et de Mme Marie-Louise Coleiro-Preca, Présidente de la République de Malte, réunissant quatre cents invités de marque parmi lesquels de nombreux Chefs d’État et de Gouvernement, Premières Dames, Présidents et Membres de Parlements nationaux, Hauts Représentants des Institutions Européennes, Ministres et Ambassadeurs accrédités à Bruxelles, Paris, Rome et Genève.
M. Philippe Douste Blazy Secrétaire Général Adjoint des Nations Unies et M. J-D. Clivaz, Représentant les Autorités du Haut-Plateau de Crans-Montana assistaient à la cérémonie.
Les autorités gouvernementales et parlementaires de la Belgique étaient aussi largement représentées.
Le Gouvernement des Îles Salomon était représenté par une importante délégation ministérielle conduite par M. Samuel Manetoali Ministre des l'Environnement et des Changements climatiques, M. Mose Moses Kouni, Ambassadeur Extraordinaire et Plénipotentiaire, Représentant Permanent auprès de l'Union Européenne et M. John Wasi, Secrétaire d'Etat au Tourisme.
The Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Philippe Douste Blazy and the Vice Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Didier Reynders arriving at the Ceremony.
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Queen Elizabeth II greets the new High Commissioner of the Solomon Islands, H.E. Mr. Moses Kouni Mose and his wife at the start of a private audience in Buckingham Palace on May 28, 2015 in London, England.
Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with the new High Commissioner of the Solomon Islands, Moses Kouni Mose at the start of a private audience in Buckingham Palace on May 28, 2015 in London, England.
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Japan over the weekend announced a new US$450 million (SBD$3.5 billion) funding package for the Pacific region for the next three years.
Prime Minister Shizon Abe announced this at the end of the seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) at the Japanese city of Iwaki.
“As a pledge of the Japanese Government, we will provide no less than US$450 million to you in the coming three years until the year we hold PALM8,” Abe told island leaders that converged for the summit in Japan.
Solomon Islands was represented by deputy prime minister Douglas Ete.
Mr. Abe said this new funding package is needed in order to foster resilient capabilities that will not be defeated by climate change or disasters.
“We will also push forward two-way exchanges and training of human resources to serve as assistance in cultivating both expertise and technical skills,” he added.
“We anticipate that this will be at a scale of roughly 4,000 people.
“We pledge to step up our efforts so that Pacific islands nations are able to fully utilise the Green Climate Fund.”
In return Abe had asked Pacific leaders to give particular consideration to Japan’s fishing activities.
“I am of the belief that assistance to improve your coastguard and your ability to protect your own resources is a responsibility that Japan should shoulder.”
Abe also requested Pacific island nations to assist his country retrieve bones of Japanese soldiers killed in the islands during World War II.
“Your countries have always warmly welcomed Japanese visiting to collect the remains of fallen soldiers,” he said.
“”And we also know that you could testify on our behalf regarding the path Japan has untiringly carved out over 70 years, invariably with great regard for peace.
“A great number of souls waiting to return to their homeland still linger there on islands in the Pacific.
“Please continue to lend your support to us in the future during our trips to search for soldiers’ remains.
“I believe that our pledge to proactively work to bring peace to the world, based in international cooperation and created atop the path we have walked these 70 years, will continue to be received with the same warm geniality you have extended to us until now,” the Japanese prime minister said.
He added Guadalcanal, which became well-known for its gold mining, left us with a sense of delighted surprise.
“However, we are moved to solemn contemplation, knowing that it has become an island struggling to harmonise development with nature.
“This is because the worries bedevilling the Solomon Islands are a kind of adversity that we in the Pacific hold in common.”
Meanwhile, Abe called for all islands of the Pacific to stay connected.
“In order for us to face up to the fury of nature and also recover even better from disasters, we must bring to each other our wisdom and experiences while maintaining connections in which we help each other out at anytime.
“What will help us achieve this goal well is a community committed to the equality of all before the law, which places importance on democracy and has great regard for the human rights of each individual.
“What we should have two-way relations that are as level as the horizon itself and entirely free of threats using force or coercion.
“That is the order for a society of Pacific citizens.
“Let us solidify our commitment. It is a commitment to make our ocean a sea that is both Pacific and prosperous and a place that brings a promising future to each and every person living there.”
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The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has officially launched its National Tourism Development Strategy 2015-2019.
The strategy was designed to identify and address some of the sector-related impediments and to facilitate a faster rate of economic and increased benefits from tourism.
Speaking during the launching, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the strategy was dubbed as a strategy for growth in recognizing tourism as a great potential for economic growth and prosperity for the country.
Prime Minister Sogavare said the launching was timely and signifies the important commitment of the Democratic Coalition for Change Government to develop tourism in Solomon Islands.
“Ladies and gentlemen the launching of this National Tourism Strategic Plan 2015-2019 is timely as it signifies the important commitment the Democratic Coalition for Change Government has in the development of this industry.”
The Prime Minister adds, the strategy also stresses the following five key component of development in the country.
“And its stresses five key components of development namely: improved transport and infrastructure development, robust marketing and research strategies, product development and investment, human resources and capacity development and cruise ships and yacht. This plan aims to drastically address these key areas of development.”
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The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of states whose Secretariat is based in Brussels, Belgium has this week responded to the cyclone Pam relief appeal by the government of Vanuatu by sending a humanitarian Mission to Vanuatu. The objective of the ACP Humanitarian Mission to Vanuatu was to meet with government l relevant authorities, aid agencies and local community representatives to identify priority needs of the country to assist in its rehabilitation and rebuilding phase in the aftermath of the widespread destruction caused by cyclone Pam.
The Mission led by the Solomon Islands Ambassador in Brussels, HE Moses Mose met with the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Hon Joe Natuman and other key Ministers of the government.
During the meeting with Hon Natuman, Mr Mose conveyed to the Prime Minister the sympathies and condolences of the ACP member states in the tragic loss of lives during the height of cyclone Pam on the 14th March 2015. Ambassador Mose, who also represented the ACP Committee of Ambassadors and the Secretary General of the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, also conveyed the support and commitment of the ACP members in providing assistance to Vanuatu in its recovery and rebuilding phase.
In response, Prime Minister Natuman expressed his deep gratitude and appreciation for the support and political solidarity of the ACP member states. He also used the opportunity to convey his sincere appreciation and gratitude on behalf of his government and people for the financial pledges, contributions and assistances in kind by Pacific ACP member States, for cyclone relief needs in Vanuatu. Ambassador Mose also met and held discussions with the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon George Wells in which he handed to the Minister a cheque of 20,000 EURO on behalf of the ACP for immediate relief efforts in the country. Ambassador Mose was accompanied in the Mission by Mr. Noah Patrick KOUBACK, Counsellor of the Embassy of Vanuatu to the European Union in Brussels.
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OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET
GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION UNIT
DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER SECURES SCHOLARSHIPS FROM MOROCCO
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Douglas Ete has successfully negotiated scholarships from the Government of Morocco for Solomon Islanders to study in the North African country.
Mr. Ete was in Morocco last week to attend the Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla, Morocco from the 12th -14th March, 2015.
The Forum brought together leaders from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, including representatives of international organizations, NGOs and the private sector to discuss ways to enhance South-South cooperation and development.
The Forum discussed key development issues including the Strengthening of Development Cooperation, Sovereign Funds Investment, the necessity of Foreign Investments in Africa, management of natural resources, security, climate change, tourism and gender.
At the margins of the Forum, Hon. Ete held bilateral talks with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar in which he requested the need to develop a framework for further bilateral cooperation between Solomon Islands and Morocco in various disciplines covering education and training, tourism, agriculture, health-care, aviation and climate change.
Mr. Mezouar has assured the Deputy Prime Minister that a technical team of experts will be sent to Solomon Islands at the invitation of the Solomon Islands government to assess and formalize areas of cooperation that would benefit both countries.
During the talks, the government of Morocco and the Directorate of the Moroccan Development Agency agreed to a proposal to grant 10 fully-funded scholarships annually to Solomon Islands students to study in various tertiary institutions in Morocco. Details of this arrangement will be organized by the Morocco Embassy based in Canberra, Australia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Honiara.
To further strengthen and deepen the existing diplomatic relationships between Solomon Islands and Morocco, Hon Ete proposed that Solomon Islands will accredit its Ambassador in Brussels, H.E Mr. Moses Kouni Mose to the Kingdom of Morocco. The DPM also proposed to invite the Foreign Minister of Morocco to Honiara during the MSG Leaders’ Summit as a guest of Solomon Islands and an Observer to the summit. The Foreign Minister of Morocco has assured Hon Ete of his attendance.
Hon. Ete was accompanied to the Forum in Morocco by the Minister for Environment and conservation, Hon. Samuel Manetoali, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr. John Wasi, Solomon Islands Ambassador to Belgium and the EU, H.E. Moses Mose, Chairman of the Solomon Islands Tourism Board, Mr. Wilson Ne’e and Assistant Secretary (supervising) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Mr. Joseph Atkin Tada.
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The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has announced plans to boost the country's economic growth and tackle corruption in a major speech to announce his newly-elected government's policies this morning.
Manasseh Sogavare says with falling revenue from logging and uncertainty surrounding the future of the closed Gold Ridge mine, the government needs to grow other industries such as tourism, fisheries and agriculture.
Mr. Sogavare says the economy needs a bigger push to achieve and sustain economic growth at no less than five percent, and plans to do that through a series of reforms in the productive and financial sectors.
He says the government will open up customary lands to allow owners to exploit their tribal lands and create job opportunities in the provinces.
The government will also implement a number of measures to combat corruption, including developing what Mr. Sogavare calls comprehensive anti-corruption legislation and strategies, and establishing an independent commission against corruption.
Mr. Sogavare also announced plans to carry on reforms initiated by the previous government, including a review of the Political Parties Integrity Act and the country's electoral system.
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Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said his Democratic Coalition for Change Government will be taking to Parliament a new fisheries legislation to ensure proper management of the country’s fisheries.
Mr. Sogavare revealed this when he met with Tri Marine CEO Renato Curto yesterday afternoon to discuss the importance of maintaining access to the tuna market in the European Union (EU) for the tuna industry in Solomon Islands.
He said EU recently gave notice to the Solomon Islands Government to improve the way it manages the country’s fisheries else it will ban Solomon Islands exports to the EU.
Prime Minister Sogavare said he is directing the Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources to take whatever steps are necessary to correct the problems in the country’s fisheries management practices that have been highlighted by the EU.
He told Mr. Curto that the continued operation of SolTuna and NFD is critically important to Solomon Islands economy and food security.
“SolTuna is a large scale tuna processing company. The high volume of its operation allows it to produce canned tuna at low cost which allows SolTuna to be an efficient, reliable and economical supplier of high quality canned tuna to our people.”
He said to maintain high levels of production and efficiency SolTuna needs access to foreign markets and those markets absorb more than half of SolTuna’s production.
“Without sales to those export markets, SolTuna would have to reduce the scale of its operations and reduce employment. Its costs would also increase to the point that it would not be economically viable.”
The Prime Minister said the EU is SolTuna’s most important export market totaling $266 million per annum by value and if it is to continue exporting its products to the EU, the government must improve the way it manages the fisheries sector.
“I understand and respect that the action taken is part of EU’s programme against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) and it applies to all countries that are exporting to the EU, some of which have already received similar notices. IUU is a practice that deprives Solomon Islands and its regional partners of our rightful benefits from these resources.”
“Indeed maintaining access to the EU market is critically important to Solomon Islands and the country should be a regional leader in good fishery management.
The Prime Minister said he will be requesting Parliament to pass a new Fisheries Act as a priority.
Furthermore, he said he will direct the Minister of Fisheries & Marine Resources to take whatever steps are necessary in order to correct the problems within our fishery management practices that have been highlighted by the EU,” he said.
In response, Tri Marine CEO Mr. Curto said Tri Marine is grateful for the ‘hospitality, fair treatment and support provided to NFD and SolTuna by the government.
“We are intensely proud of the accomplishments by the NFD and SolTuna management. They are doing a great job but all of that will be in vain if Soltuna is not able to export its products to the EU as a result of further sanctions,” he added.
SolTuna and National Fisheries Developments employ about 2,500 workers in the Solomon Islands. Together they are responsible for over $400m in export earnings and $65m in payments to the Solomon Islands government.
The Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Hon John Maneniaru and his Permanent Secretary Dr Christian Ramofafia were also present at the meeting.
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The new Solomon Islands Government is expected to release its policy statement at the end of the month which will layout its plans for the country over next four years.
Some of the possible areas of focus hinted on during the first sitting of the new parliament included a shift to state governance, putting more emphasis on tertiary education and strengthening national unity in the country.
A reporter, Koroi Hawkins, spoke with Prime Minister Sogavare in Honiara about the course his government is charting.
I think the problems of the country and what to address is basically known to all the governments that have held the reign of power. Better living for the people of course, the continual improvement of the delivery of essential services to our people. The livelihoods of our people, you know the majority of whom are living in the rural areas, 85 percent we are told by the statistics. So that will basically continue to be the focus of any government that comes to power. But the major challenges, infrastructure development will continue to be a major issue for us. Attracting foreign investment into the country will continue to be a major, major strategy. All of course toward the main, the overall objective of striving towards economic independence for Solomon Islands. The strength of the country is there, we have resources, natural resources that are there untapped. Tourism, agriculture, fisheries those are areas that we can look to. Of course strategically approaching development, moving wealth from non-sustainable areas like logging to sustainable areas. Mining which is non-renewable to more sustainable areas. Once you develop the wealth there has to be strategic approach to move that wealth to the areas that are more sustainable. So it is a huge challenge for us as a nation but as I said, how exactly we will tackle some of these issues will be very much guided by the joint policy statement of the group which is yet to be produced.
The only operating mine, Gold Ridge Mine is closed at the moment. Is that a particular area of concern, is that something the government will be focusing on?
Well short term it is an immediate concern. Of course because it contributes to a great chunk of our GDP, but as I said the strength of our country lies in other areas. Agriculture, fisheries, tourism those areas that we can quickly focus our attention in.
On a related issue some political commentators and academics have commented on your speech on the steps of parliament where you said there are emerging, emerging partners in the region or new growth or people out there and they've gone on and made assumptions that you might be referring to a move from Taiwan to China. Is there any fact in that assumption?
Obviously when comments like that are made people will jump to that conclusion, I don't blame them but as I said it will have to be a collective decision if we have to make some decisions along that line. But as I said our first priority, our first priority of this government is to attract investment, trade and that we can, we can go about doing it without affecting our diplomatic relations and I want to assure our traditional partners that that's the approach that we'll be taking.
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Prime Minister Sogavare welcoming World Bank Senior Programme Officer, Mr. Erik Johnson,
World Bank Country Representative in Solomon Islands, Mrs. Anne Tully, Asian Development Bank Coordinator, Mrs. Suliana Tai’atu Ata’ata and SI Resident Representative
of the WB International Finance Corporation, Mr. Seva Payevskiy.
The World Bank Group (WBG) has assured Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare of its commitment to continue its support programme to various national projects in Solomon Islands.
WB Country Representative Anne Tully made the assurance when a team of WBG and Asian Development Bank (ADB) officials paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister Sogavare on Thursday following his recent election to the top political post.
Ms. Tully congratulated Hon. Sogavare for his election victory and expressed that the WB welcomes directions from the new Solomon Islands Government leadership on how it should execute its programmes in the country.
She said that the WBG aims to add value to government programmes through supporting transformational projects such as the Tina Hydro Project and Rural Development Programme as well as providing independent advice on sectors such as mining and the economy.
WB Solomon Islands Senior Operations Officer Erik Johnson added that the Tina Hydro Project is in its critical stage and a strong political will by the Solomon Islands Government is important to seeing the project off the ground.
Resident Representative of WBG’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Solomon Islands Mr. Seva Payevskiy informed the Prime Minister on ongoing projects supported by IFC including transaction advisory support of the Tina Hydro, financial inclusion cooperation with the banks as well as Soltuna expansion project. He told the Prime Minister that the IFC will be looking to support private sector led projects in agriculture and other sustainable development areas.
ADB’s Development Coordinator in Solomon Islands Ms. Suliana Tai’atu Ata’ata also congratulated Prime Minister Sogavare for his recent election victory on behalf of ADB. ADB aims to continue its good working relationship with the Sogavare Government. She mentioned that a high level delegation from ADB comprising of the Director General of the Pacific Division, Xianbin Yoa and the Regional Director of the Pacific Liaison Cooperation Office will come to Solomon Islands to meet the Prime Minister and the new government.
She also enlightened the Prime Minister on ADB’s operation in Solomon Islands which is largely in the infrastructure sector plus technical assistance and training.
The key infrastructure projects funded by ADB include the broadband/submarine cable project, domestic maritime shipping project (construction of wharves and subsidised shipping program), transport sector development project, Provincial renewable energy/mini hydropower in Auki and the Transport sector Flood recovery project.
ADB will provide USD$5m budget support to the Government this year. ADB also provides technical assistance to improve the enabling environment for business through its Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI). Recent assistance includes reforms to business registration laws, upgrades to business registries customs and excise law reform and continuing reform of finance-related legislation.
Ms. Ata’ata said ADB is in the process of finalising the mini hydro power project in Auki. The landowners have reached agreement with SIEA on land issues and engagement of consultants are being finalised for the design and construction supervision. At the regional level, the ADB Development Coordinator in Solomon Islands said the bank is also funding the establishment of the 4th USP Campus in Solomon Islands.
In response, Prime Minister Sogavare thanked the World Bank Group and ADB team for their congratulatory messages and expressed appreciation for their operational updates.
The Prime Minister acknowledged the significant contributions by WBG and ADB in supporting economic growth and informed them of his Democratic Coalition for Change Government’s plan to stage an economic summit after the 2015 National Budget is passed, to discuss with aid donors and get their views on funding support.
He said the private sector is an important player in economic growth and emphasised the need for Solomon Islands to be clear about the direction it would be taking to achieve economic growth.
“Solomon Islands is a unique country with unique development challenges and it is a challenge to come up with the best development formula to take the country forward.”
Mr. Sogavare assured the WBG that the Solomon Islands Government under the leadership of his Democratic Coalition for Change Government will continue to support the Tina Hydro Project along with other outstanding national projects and ensure their completion.
The Prime Minister also assured the WBG and ADB team that the Solomon Islands Government under his leadership will continue to work closely with their respective institutions on monetary and fiscal policies for the betterment of Solomon Islands.
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