PNA challenges leaders

At the Pacific Island Development Forum Leaders Summit yesterday, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) told the delegates sustainable management of fish was key to self-determination for Pacific peoples. PNA CEO Dr Transform Aqorau challenged leaders to obtain what he called “true independence” by self determination, Indigenous management of ocean resources, South-South cooperation and…

West Papua hopeful for full membership

Indonesian province of West Papua is hopeful to see their full membership plea in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), advance during this 4th Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) summit hosted in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Speaking to the media yesterday spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Paupua (ULMWP) Benny Wenda said they are optimistic…

Historic medical deal

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has signed an historic Partnership Agreement to help aid the nation’s medical sector, sealing arrangement for up to twenty 20-foot containers of medical supplies to be provided annually by New Zealand’s charitable organisation, Take My Hands. Permanent Secretary Dr Tenneth Dalipada signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this…

Journo congress set to start

MORE than 220 journalism educators and journalists are participating in the 4th World Journalism Education Congress that will open on Wednesday night in Auckland, New Zealand. They represent 43 different countries in the world. Kick-starting the programme will be a day-long “Pre-conference” for journalists and journalism educators in the Pacific feeding into the main global…

Murder charge reduced to infanticide for mother

The murder charge against the woman accused of murdering her new born baby in Temotu last year will be reduced to infanticide. Public Prosecutor Willy Vaiyu confirmed to the court yesterday that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) made the endorsement to reduce the charge. The murder charge was therefore withdrawn under section 190 (2)…

PIDF Leaders Summit underway

THE 4th Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Leaders Summit is now currently underway in Honiara, with the theme ‘Stewardship for Healthy Oceans & Nations’. It kicked off with an official opening ceremony at the Lawson Tama stadium yesterday. This is a historic PIDF meeting for the Solomon Islands as well as the Forum because it…

PM asks China to invest in appropriate technology

The Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare has told the visiting Papua New Guinea-based Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy, Wang Genhua that China could consider investing in appropriate technology areas in Solomon Islands. He said his country needs investors who can invest their money in appropriate technology transfers such as telecommunications technology, rural electrification and in food…

Delegation returns from regional conference

Representatives of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC), the Political Parties Commission, civil society and several political parties have returned from a high-level regional summit in Nadi, Fiji. The two-day conference, titled “Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16 in Melanesia: Creating Political and Parliamentary Stability to Catalyse Development”, brought together leaders and academics from across from…

Training aims to equip rice farmers

LOCAL rice farmers will gain knowledge on production of manual rice milling machine, solar grain drier and peanut shelling machine after the completion of the Farm Mechanization Training (FMT) that currently underway in Honiara. FMT is jointly funded by the European Union and Solomon Islands government of Solomon Islands project on enhancing productivity of land…