Dr Transform Aqorau was former Chief Executive Officer of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement in Majuro, Marshall Islands. At the breakfast meeting organized by the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday 27 June, the Prime Minister said he is optimistic about the next 40 years. I too share his optimism about the next 40 years and indeed believe that it offers huge possibilities. This shared view is held against the backdrop however of a cloud that hovers over the prospects that we will have difficulties to trade our products in the near future unless we are able to secure the same preferences that we currently enjoy as a Least Developed Country (LDC) potentially impinging on that future that we need to create for our future generation. On the eve of the celebrations of 40 years since we became independent, we are being recommended for graduation from being an LDC to a Developing Country. While that gives us reason to applaud ourselves, the permutations that graduation implies for our trade … [Read more...] about Shaping the next 40 years for Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands currency notes. Solomon Islanders are advised to take ownership of the country’s currency especially the handling of notes and coins. Chief Manager for Currency and Banking Operations at the Central Bank of Solomon Islands, Daniel Haridi reiterated. With records showing an increase of visitor arrivals by the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau and the National Statistics Office, the first thing visitors would look for is our currency. Mr Haridi said our currency speaks of who we Solomon Islanders are as they are our silent ambassadors. “The first thing that our visitors will look for is the cash to exchange with their foreign currencies so they can use it. Now imagine if someone comes in and saw gravity on our notes or writing, phone numbers or betel-nut stain or tobacco stain on our notes, imagine that person’s reactions when he saw these. “This already gave him a negative reaction about us especially the way we handle our public utilities.” … [Read more...] about Solomon Islanders urged to take ownership of currency
The Solomon Islands National Flag Solomon Islands this year commemorated its 40 years of Independence. The country was under British colonial rule for 85 years until it gained independence in 1978. SIBC spoke to a number of former politicians including Sir Paul Tovua and Sir Francis Billy Hilly about the country’s transition to independence. Click the link below to listen. Posted by Admin … [Read more...] about SIBC Podcasts: Solomon Islands’ transition to Independence
US President Donald Trump Photo supplied President Donald Trump sends the United States of America’s congratulatory message on Solomon Islands national day. Sent through the US Embassy in Papua New Guinea, President Trump said, on behalf of the people of the United States of America, he extends best wishes to the nation of Solomon Islands as it celebrates its 40th anniversary of independence on July 7. Mr. Trump said, the enduring bond between the United States and the Solomon Islands dates back to World War II and is based on shared history, common values, and a commitment to regional stability. US values its close partnership in international fora, and committed to continuing its military cooperation, he adds. The US President said, as a steadfast friend and partner, the United States looks forward to working closely with Solomon Islands in the years ahead. Posted by Admin … [Read more...] about President Trump congratulates Solomon Islands
The Honiara Central Market. Photo credit: SIBC. Poverty in Solomon Islands is defined in terms of the minimum expenditure required of a person to meet the 22 calories energy intake based on food and non-food items. Advisor to the National Statistics Office, William Lahari told SIBC News in an exclusive interview. Asked about poverty perceptions, Mr Lahari said there were different dimensions to poverty and people may have different definitions. “Lack of having access to a TV could be poor, you know you could be poor by being classified or you don’t have land then you could be classified, but this is associated to that particular definition and therefore it’s captured through the Household and Income Expenditure Survey,” he said. “Now this is important for people to understand that this particular definition also indicates or has reference to those perceptions that people have because the behaviour is embedded into this Household Income and Expenditure … [Read more...] about Advisor explains Solomon Islands Poverty Maps.