ESP REPORT EXPECTED SOON

An assessment report on the covid-19 Economic Stimulus Package (ESP) will be presented to the Government soon. A private independent firm supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been engaged to carry out independent assessments on the impacts of the scheme on the national economy. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury,…

Australia offers 3000 permanent migration visa 

AUSTRALIA is responding to our government’s call for visa waiver for Solomon Islands citizens by speeding up visa processing and providing 3000 permanent migration visa for its Pacific family each year.  Speaking to the media today (9th August 2022) visiting Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific Minister for Defence Industry Honourable Pat Conroy…

USAID through SCALE-NRM project opens second round of Forest and Development Fund grants

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Strengthening Competitiveness Agriculture and Livelihoods – Natural Resource Management (SCALE nNRM) project has opened the second round of Forest and Development Fund grants for expressions of interest on 29 July 2022. This funding opportunity closes on 30 September 2022. All eligible organizations are encouraged to apply. The…

No need to email vax proof from Aust, Fiji

NATIONAL flag carrier has announced that as of this week passengers traveling from Australia and Fiji don’t need to email their vaccination document before traveling to Solomon Islands. However, they must show proof of negative vaccination proof 72 hours before flying. In a statement yesterday the Airlines said; “Effective today, passengers travelling direct from Australia…

82 granted dual citizenship status

A total of 82 people were granted dual citizenship status after Solomon Islands Dual Citizenship Act was enacted four years ago. This was confirmed by the Minister of Home Affairs Christopher Laore in Parliament on Thursday. He was responding to a question raised by Opposition Leader Matthew Wale who asked whether the dual citizenship regulation…

ILLEGAL DESTRUCTION

Authorities appear to have acted illegally to burn harvested Beche-de-mers POLICE and the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources appear to have acted illegally by burning an estimated ton of beche de mer on 30th June 2019, almost a year after the Court of Appeal ruled the country no longer has the law to impose…

ENERGY MINISTER ENCOURAGES DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS TO SUPPORT RENEWABLE ENERGY ROADMAP

The Minister for Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification, Bradley Tovosia is encouraging development partners to support the country’s energy sector to fund studies in other renewable energy sources like geothermal, biomass, wind and additional hydropower resources. Minister Tovosia made the remarks during last week’s launching of the country’s Renewable Energy Roadmap which was attended by…