Our position on coronavirus

DEAR EDITOR – In recent weeks, the world was gripped by the impact of the coronavirus in different countries including our own country, Solomon Islands.  Last week, the World Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic.  Governments around the world are taking various measures to prevent the entry and spread of the virus in their…

Traffic recommendations

DEAR EDITOR – Out of a concern for safety and cleanliness, I express these thoughts due to the fact that individuals in the Solomon Islands may or may not have been properly exposed to the ideas noted below.  When we learn to drive a car, first we are educated about the basics and the rules. …

Clarification on returning Philippines students  

ONLY five local students studying in the Philippines arrived in the Solomon Islands on Tuesday.  Aurthur Mola Solomon Islands Philippines Students Association (SIPSA) President said this following reports in the Island Sun newspaper that said 20 students from the Philippines returned to the country this week.  “To be honest that information is misleading. From my…

Police warns against wired rumours 

POLICE will be taking action against anyone that posts false information about the coronavirus or COVID-19 on social media. The warning came as Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau said they are investigating a report of people giving out false information on social media. “So far no arrest has been made but we are working on…

GOV’T STEP-UP AGAINST VIRUS

PM unveils new measures By ESTHER NURIA SCHOOLS in Honiara and Guadalcanal will take an early holiday starting today as the government announced new measures against the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced the raft of measures in a national address to the nation last night in the wake of the imminent threat…

Let’s not forget about West Papua

Wale meets with ULMWP rep, reiterates the need for Indonesia to allow for UN Human Rights Commissioner into West Papua The Leader of Opposition Hon. Matthew Wale on Thursday met with the Spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Mr. Jacob Rumbiak.  Mr. Rumbiak updated Hon. Wale on the human rights situation in…

PM DCGA recognises need to engage resource owners

The National Government recognises the need to engage our resource owners in any investment and economic activities on their land.  Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this during his response to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, this week, a statement from Prime Minister Press Secretariat said. As such, the Prime Minister said the Government…

RSIPF completes investigation into traffic accident involving police officers in Malaita

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Professional Standard and Internal Investigation (PSII) has completed its investigation into the traffic incident involving police officers in a police vehicle near Auki, Malaita Province  allegedly hitting two pedestrians on 29 February 2020.  Acting Commissioner of Police Mostyn Mangau says, “After receiving the report from the PSII, the…

THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON SOLOMON ISLANDS ECONOMY

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) wish to provide the following updates regarding the Corona Virus/COVID 19 impact on the national economy: The Coronavirus will likely have a considerable negative impact on the Solomon Islands economy. The spread and considerable disruption of this epidemic will be exacerbated by the increasingly intertwined trade and investment…