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SI-Japan renewed bilateral vows

Solomon Islands and Japan took stock of their positive, strong and firm relations and agreed to further bolster bilateral cooperation programs in a number of sectors. This was the outcome of Honiara’s meeting between Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare and…

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USA set to meet SI – It is never too late

In its entirety, diplomacy must thrive in any democratic country. Solomon Islands as a democratic nation will continue to hold dialogues with its bilateral and multilateral partners, and this includes the United States of America (USA). In a statement to…

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Solomon Islands-China security cooperation signed

The Security Cooperation between Solomon Islands and the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) was signed recently by the Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele and his PRC counterpart, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare this…

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Health sorting out outstanding payments to food and oxygen suppliers 

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) is addressing shortages of some food items and oxygen bottles at the National Referral Hospital as reported by the media early this week.   The shortage is due to outstanding payments, yet to be settled with the suppliers of both food and oxygen bottles, for some parts of 2019, early 2020, and December 2021. Payments for the rest of those years’ bills have already been paid. The Ministry of Health together with Finance and Treasury are working to expedite payments for these outstanding payments.   Currently, 23 oxygen bottles are with NRH and are now being reserved only for emergency theatre operations. All clinicians in the wards have been advised to use oxygen concentrators for now for admitted patients.   With food shortages, all fresh vegetables, fruits, root crops, fish, poultry, and meat products are still available in adequate supply for current demand. It is the dry goods and condiments that are either out of stock or in shortage. These also include rice, tuna, flavors, sources, milk, sugar, milo, and tea bags.  While multiple factors both internal and external to the Ministry have caused the delay in addressing these payments, health would like to assure you that it is working together with the Ministry of Finance to expedite the outstanding payments and restore the supplies of these needed goods at the earliest.   For food supplies, payment instructions have been raised to the Ministry of Finance and Health will be following up on it. Health has also reached out to the food supplier yesterday, discussing the matter with assurances that payments will be made. Both parties have come to a common understanding of better ways forward on the issue of payments. The supplier will resume delivery of food items this week.    Likewise, for oxygen bottles, the Ministry of Finance through its Central Tender Board is assisting and supporting the Ministry of Health in expediting outstanding payments. Health will reach out to the supplier to provide updates and assurance of payment with the hope that the usual twice a week supplies of oxygen bottles can be restored immediately.    Additionally, the current mechanism in place for oxygen bottle payments is being assessed by the Ministry to explore means through which it could be done better.  The Ministry of Health would like to sincerely apologize to its patients affected by the shortage of these items and assure them that it is doing its best to resolve the matter as soon as possible.  

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Mostyn Mangau acknowledges RAPPP for donating a new vehicle to RSIPF-TCU

The Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) Mr. Mostyn Mangau acknowledged the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) and Australia Federal Police (AFP) Policing Partnership Program (RAPPP) for donating a new vehicle to RSIPF.  RSIPF Commissioner Mr. Mangau received the vehicle during a brief handing over ceremony at the Rove Police Headquarters, which was witnessed by RSIPF Executive and RAPPP officers.  During the gifting ceremony, RSIPF Commissioner said the Trans-National Crime Unit under the National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) will be boosted with the help of our RSIPF partner the new Toyota Hilux.  Commissioner Mangau said I am certain that it will improve the work of our officers working inside the unit. Please look after the vehicle and use it for its intended purposes. Visit the RSIPF vehicle policy as a guide on using the vehicle. Mr. Managu said I want to thank the government of Australia through the RAPPP for their great support to the RSIPF, especially during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The vehicle was gifted to the Trans-National Crime Unit (TCU) of the RSIPF this morning 7 April 2022. 

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Justice served as 13 citizens are charged for crossing the border illegally

This sends a clear message to those thinking of crossing the border illegally: don’t. The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Gizo and Noro Police Station in the Western Province has charged 13 defendants out of the 17 who cross the Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Solomon Islands (SI) border Buin last month.  They were charged with one count of restriction of movement of small craft vessels contrary to clauses 4 (b) and (c) of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (Restriction of Movement of Small Craft Vessels) (the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea Border) Order 2020, to be read with Regulation 17 (1), (a) (I), and (3) of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No.3) Regulation 2021.  Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Western Province Chief Superintendent Mathias Lenialu said that the 13 defendants were released on strict bail conditions while waiting to appear in court on 18th April 2022. Chief Superintendent Lenialu said communities have to be responsible and take ownership by changing their attitude. We are not in normal times. If we decide to ignore the regulations then we will face the consequences.

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RSIPF is an independent organization and does not take directives from DCGA

Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Mr. Mostyn Mangau would like to clarify that RSIPF is an independent organization that doesn’t take directives from the Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) as mentioned by Mr. Knoxly Atu in Solomon Star newspaper published on 20 March 2022.  Commissioner Mangau says, “I am not taking directives from the government as mentioned by Mr. Atu. Police involvement in the arrest of Mr. Atu is not attached to any directives from the DCGA.” Mr. Mangau says, “I appeal to the people of Bethel community in East Fataleka to surrender Mr. Atu. He has committed offenses relating to the civil unrest last year. He needs to surrender himself to the police.”  He says, “I strongly appeal to Mr. Atu to surrender. Otherwise, Police will continue with their mandatory functions of enforcing law and order and continue to hunt in the coming days. My officers try to dialogue with community elders and even negotiate for the safe surrender of Mr. Atu but nothing forthcoming.”     “Police investigate and arrest people who commit crimes when evidence is available. If you have any complaints, provide statements with evidence to support the police investigation,” says Commissioner Mangau. 

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PM Sogavare fills vacant ministerial portfolios

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has filled the two vacant Ministerial portfolios following the passing away and resignation of respective former ministers last year. Hon. Stanley Festus Sofu and Hon. Augustine Auga were formally sworn-in by the Governor General, His Excellency,…