Beck takes up duties in Australia

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare yesterday commissioned the country’s new High Commissioner to Australia, Colin David Beck. The commissioning ceremony held in the Cabinet Chamber was presided over by the Secretary to Cabinet, James Remobatu and Chief of Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Kereta Sanga in the presence of the Minister…

SIG refutes permanent AFP presence in Solomon’s

The Solomon Islands Government (SIG) Special Secretary for the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), Mr John Wasi has refuted perceptions that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) is planning to establish a permanent post in Solomon Islands in the post RAMSI period. He said rather what is happening is that Honiara and Canberra are…

Aust visit brings attention to Solomon’s

Solomon Islands Minister for Culture and Tourism, the Hon. Bartholomew Parapolo has personally led a senior team of government and tourism officials to meet with potential investors, travel media and travel industry representatives in Sydney and Brisbane this week. Addressing several of Australia’s most important travel publishers, editors and journalists at a working lunch held…

PM tells SI Brisbane community of Education paradigm shift

Solomon Islands is facing a major paradigm shift in Education as the Democratic Coalition for Change Government (DCCG) encourages more Solomon Islanders to pursue Doctors of Philosophy degree and secure employment abroad. Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare told the Solomon Islands Community in Brisbane where he is transiting home from his eight-day state visit to…

PM Sogavare, Minister Sofu hold bilateral dialogue in Australia

PRIME Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and the Minister for Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Hon Stanley Sofu yesterday held bilateral discussions with the Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Islands, Hon Concetta Ferriavante-Wells on various issues of bilateral interest between Solomon Islands and Australia. The dialogue held at the margins of the…

Australia announces new multi-million dollar programme for SI

CANBERRA is working on a new SBD$50-million programme that will focus on boosting economic growth in Solomon Islands, the Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Islands announced today. The Hon Concetta Ferriavante-Wells heralded the multi-million dollar programme funding in her keynote address at the 8th Australia-Solomon Islands Business Forum in Brisbane, Australia. “The programme…

PM invites for Aust investors to do business in SI

PRIME Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has invited more Australian businesses to invest in Solomon Islands to the extent of making Australia the leading source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the country. The Prime Minister made the invitation in his keynote address at the 8th Australia-Solomon Islands Business Forum in Brisbane, Australia, today. He said Australian…

SI, Aust discuss new development aid programme design for post-RAMSI era

HONIARA and Canberra have commenced dialogue on the design of a new development assistance programme to succeed Australia’s development assistance programme to Solomon Islands through the Regional Assistance Mission in the post-RAMSI era. Australian development assistance programme through RAMSI focusses on the strengthening of the police and correctional services, judicial system and governance machinery. An…

PM meets senior Australian diplomat

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare today briefly met with the Australian senior foreign affairs official Deputy Secretary Ric Wells. A statement from the PM Press Secretariat says Mr Wells from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade made the courtesy call today (Wednesday) afternoon as part of his three-day visit to Solomon Islands. “As the…