Fact-finding mission assesses economic potential of Buala market
25 May 2022
The local technical team, accompanied by program officers from the Australian High Commission, met Isabel Premier Rhoda Sikilabu and her executive, as well as market vendors and local community representatives to gather information about the current market and assess what improvements could best help increase local economic activity in one of several scoping missions to provinces.
Australia-Solomon Infrastructure Partnership Supports Noro Port Upgrade
15 May 2022
Australia’s flagship Solomon Islands Infrastructure Program (SIIP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) in May to support the upgrade of the country’s second largest port in Noro, Western Province.
SIIP will deliver a detailed design to increase the capacity and efficiency of Noro Port which processes both domestic and international shipping, including passenger, freight and fishing fleets.
SIIP to redevelop six provincial markets
8 March 2022
Australia’s flagship Solomon Islands Infrastructure Program (SIIP) has agreed to fast track redevelopment of six markets across Malaita, Guadalcanal, Honiara, Isabel and Western Province, improve provincial ports and launch a new SIIP website. SIIP is in its first phase of implementation. Work on the markets project is expected to commence by December 2022.
These priorities were set at SIIP’s second joint Steering Committee meeting, co-chaired by Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr Jimmie Rodgers and Australian High Commissioner Dr Lachlan Strahan. Given the volume of high-profile and urgent work coming down the SIIP pipeline, the Committee agreed to increase its meetings from every six months to quarterly.
SIIP highlights women 'breaking the bias' in infrastructure
8 March 2022
Join us celebrate the women who make a difference to infrastructure in Solomon Islands! SIIP is highlighting stories of women who continue to push the boundaries to break bias in the infrastructure space, click on this link to listen to their stories.
Australia’s ten-year SBD 1.5 billion Solomon Islands Infrastructure Program up and running
Published in Pacific Tenders Magazine, Edition 7, October 2021
Australia’s ten-year, SBD 1.5 billion Solomon Islands Infrastructure Program (SIIP) was officially launched by Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare and the Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Dr Lachlan Strahan on 25 June. SIIP will focus on economic infrastructure such as transport (land, sea and air), information communication technology, electricity, water and sanitation, tourism and infrastructure that supports rural development.
The flagship program comes at a time of great opportunity to maximise the economic benefits of the government’s ambitious pipeline of approximately SBD 10 billion of nation building infrastructure. With the right skills and policy settings in place, there are significant opportunities for local industry participation, local employment, and the needs of all infrastructure users to be integrated through improved infrastructure lifecycle planning, procurement, construction, use and maintenance that SIIP promises to deliver.
Infrastructure sector further enhanced
Published Solomon Times
28 June 2021
The Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare last week witnessed the signing of the Solomon Islands Infrastructure Program (SIIP) between the Solomon Islands and Australian Governments.
The signing took place at the Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (OPMC) by the Minister of Planning and Development Coordination, Hon Rexon Ramofafia and the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Dr Lachlan Strahan.
Infrastructure program to focus on four key areas: PM
Published by Solomon Islands Government
28 June 2021
The Solomon Islands Infrastructure Program (SIIP) will focus on four key outcome areas during its 10 years of operation.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare highlighted this when delivering his speech at the signing of the SIIP today.
The signing took place at the Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (OPMC) by the Minister of Planning and Development Coordination Hon Rexon Ramofafia and the Australian High Commissioner His Excellency Dr Lachlan Strahan.