Regional report card shows the way forward

In September world leaders adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). According to the 2015 Pacific Regional MDGs Tracking report, Forum island countries made considerable progress towards achieving the goals but challenges remain. A majority of the countries achieved universal primary education and were successful in reducing child mortality.…

Govt vows to support future statistic projects

Ministry of Finance and Treasury assures National statistic stakeholder’s that Ministry will continue to support future key national projects of National Statistic Office (NSO) in the country. The assurance was delivered by Permanent Secretary of Finance and Treasury Harry on behalf of the Minister  at the launching of the 2012-2013 Household Income and expenditure survey…

Importance of data highlighted

The very importance of collecting, having available updated official statistic data has been highlighted as essential towards achieving social economic development goals of Solomon Islands. Ministry of Finance and Treasury Permanent Secretary, Harry Kuma said this during the launching of the 2012 – 2013 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) Reports Findings on Friday. “Data…

Threat from coconut syndrome monitored

Solomon Islands is still monitoring the threat of Bogia Coconut Syndrome (BCS) disease at the international boarder in Shortland from entering the country. The disease found in Madang province, Papua New Guinea in 2013, is caused by a phytoplasma that not only affects coconuts but also banana and betel nuts. Minister of Agriculture and Livestock,…

Training for ministerial planners

MINISTERIAL planners from various government ministries underwent a training at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) training room, last week. The UNDP’s Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP) in partnership with the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC) organised the training for all Ministerial planners across all the sectors. “This training will…

TDP back in action

THE Trade Dispute Panel (TDP) has so far heard about 70 industrial disputes since it started its normal hearing end of last month. The hearings commenced on October 27 following the appointment of Trade Dispute Panel’s new chairlady, Natalie Kesaka. She hears industrial grievances twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Tuesday, Mrs Kesaka…

Uneven distribution of resources, a challenge

A NEW report has urged the national government to address the uneven distribution of social services and public infrastructures across the country. The Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) for 2012 – 2013 report was launched yesterday. The report highlighted the uneven distribution of social services, public infrastructures, and household income and expenditure as major…

Two new awards for health workers

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services has given out two new recognition awards to end the 2015 National Health Conference in Honiara on Thursday. The first award, under the category of the Best Performing Province in the past four to five years, went to Guadalcanal Province. The award, which is in the form of…

Ministry plans to serve all provinces by 2017

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Service should be supporting all provinces in the country to improve family planning and contraceptive uptake by 2017, according to the ministry’s New Health Outline. This involves helping both single and married women to access birth control methods that best suits their circumstances and needs as new contraceptives are…

Health outlines priorities

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has outlined its priorities for the next five years at this week’s National Health Conference in Honiara. Priorities reflected in the new National Health Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020 include improving the coverage and quality of health services, building strong partnerships to expand the reach of health…