SI-NZ consultation held

OFFICIALs from the government of Solomon Islands (SI) and New Zealand (NZ) yesterday held their annual development consultation at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara. The consultation was to provide opportunity for officials from both Solomon Islands government and New Zealand to discuss bilateral and strategic policy issues regarding the current and future directions of…

Tozaka to look further into spying claims

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister, Milner Tozaka says he will make representations to the New Zealand Government if spy revelations are found to be accurate. United States NSA documents released by the Whistle-blower, Edward Snowden, in March, showed New Zealand had collected email and telephone data from Solomon Islands officials without their permission. Milner Tozaka said,…

NZ to spend $177m in aid here

The New Zealand government is expected to spend SBD$177 million in development assistance programs in Solomon Islands this year. This was revealed by the Acting Head of the New Zealand aid program Jonathan Kings during the Solomon Islands-New Zealand bilateral consultations yesterday held at the Heritage Park Hotel. Being the first time in the country…

Govt acknowledges NZ’s commitment

Minister for Development Planning and Aid Coordination Danny Philip acknowledges the continuous support from the New Zealand (NZ) government towards enhancing development in Solomon Islands (SI). Speaking during his official opening of the consultation talks between officials from the two countries (SI & NZ) Danny Phillip reiterated that New Zealand’s aid program in the country…

PM meets NZ’s bilateral head

NEW Zealand’s Deputy Secretary, International Development Group within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Wednesday paid a courtesy call to the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Jonathan King is in Honiara for the high level consultations which was held yesterday morning between the Solomon Islands Government and New Zealand Government on the implementation of…

DCCG committed to its reform efforts

The Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) is committed to changing the landscape of Solomon Islands politics for the betterment of this country. This was emphasized by the Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare when delivering his remarks during the opening of the Women’s Leadership and Political Participation conference at the FFA conference centre on Tuesday. In…

Call for fair representation

There can be no real democracy if half the population is excluded from participation in power says, the Deputy Resident Representative of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Akiko Suzaki said, fair representation and participation of women in governance is one of the pre-conditions for achieving genuine democracy. Women’s limited participation in decision making signifies the…