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TUESDAY 29TH MARCH 2022

The Member of Parliament for Temotu Nende, Hon Commins Aston Mewa was the only candidate nominated for the election of Deputy Speaker at the closure of nominations on Sunday 27th March 2022.

Clerk to Parliament David Kusilifu officially announced Mewa as the new Deputy Speaker when Parliament sat on Monday 28th March 2022.

The main business for Monday’s sitting was the speech from the throne by His Excellency the Governor General Sir David Vunagi to mark the beginning of the 5th meeting of the current 11th house.

The Deputy Speaker’s post was left vacant after the MP for East Kwaio Hon. Stanley Sofu took up a portfolio as the minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology earlier this year.

Hon. Commins Aston Mewa was first elected to the National Parliament of Solomon Islands for Temotu Nende Constituency on the 4th of August 2010.

His experience in Parliamentary Committees was in 2016 when he was appointed member of the Bills and Legislation Committee from 2016 to 2017, later becoming the Chairman of the Environment and Conservation Committee from 22nd November 2017 to 6th December 2017.

In terms of holding Ministerial portfolios, Hon. Mewa has held various portfolios since entering parliament these include:

  • Minister for Forestry and Research - 2020
  • Minister for the Ministry of Peace, National Unity and Reconciliation – 2018
  • Minister for Home Affairs 2017
  • Minister for Police, National Security and Correctional Services - 2015
  • Minister for Communication and Aviation – 2014, and
  • Minister For Justice & Legal Affairs - 2010

Hon. Mewa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistic and Education at the University of the South Pacific (USP). He was the Chief Education Officer for Temotu Province before entering Parliament in 2010.

THURSDAY 24TH MARCH 2022


Call for Expression of Interest

To members of the Civil Society Organizations/Non-Government Organizations and communities

The Parliamentary Information Services with the Support of the UNDP Floating Budget Office will Host an Information Sharing Session on the 2022 Appropriation Bill 2022 on Monday 28th March 2022, 02:00 pm – 03:00 pm
To observed Covid-19 protocols, the FBO Team has decided to host this session via a virtual mode (Zoom).

Those who wish to participate should indicate their interest by emailing: jasmine.waleafea@parliament.gov.sb or patrick.wilson@parliament.gov.sb access the Zoom Link and Program Details by 04:00 pm Sunday 04:00 pm March.


THURSDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2022

Staff of the National Parliament Office (NPO)

Staff of the National Parliament Office (NPO) have successfully contributed to the mapping out of a five year strategic plan for the National Parliament of Solomon Islands (NPSI).

In observance of Covid -19 safe protocols, a one day consultation workshop was held on Thursday 24th February for Heads of department and senior staff of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands. This was an opportunity for staff to reflect on the current strategy and provide input into the making of the next five year strategic plan for 2022 – 2027.

Clerk to National Parliament, Mr. David Kusilifu in his opening remarks thanked Parliament staff for making the extra effort to attend, during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“What we collect today will help to shape as an institution and organization for the next 5 years. So thank you for your participation.”

He also thanked UNDP local consultant, Mr. Ezekiel Parairae for logistical support and the UNDP Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative for financial support.

The staff workshop is part of a broad consultation process with stakeholders including Parliamentary leadership, MPs, staff and key external bodies interacting with the Parliament that will inform the strategic focus of the NPSI.

The biggest challenge NPSI experiences in implementing its previous strategic plans was implementing activities that are out of NPSI’s direct control and require inter –ministerial collaboration.

A copy of Parliament’s strategic documents can be accessed on Parliament’s website – www.parliament.gov.sb

THURSDAY 13TH MAY 2021

Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Patteson Oti and Vice Chair of DSE Board, Alice Hou launched the guide.

Citizen Budget Guide falls in line with SDG 16: Speaker of Parliament
Speaker of the National Parliament, Hon. Patteson. Oti, Guest of Honor at the launching of the Citizen Budget Guide (Guide) in Honiara on Monday said the launch of the Citizen Budget Guide is an indication of a collective commitment towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Whilst the occasion is the first for Solomon Islands, the Citizen Budget Guide is an indication of our collective commitment towards the Sustainable Development Goals. It is in line with SDG Goal 16 that we celebrate tonight’s milestone.”
SDG 16 is to Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. The Development Services Exchange (DSE) develop this first ever Citizen Budget Guide for the 2020/2021 fiscal year.

Hon. Oti congratulate DSE and its members for the effort and work put into developing the document. The Guide is a simplified summary of the national budget for citizens, to provide an understanding of how the budget affects their life.

Hon. Oti acknowledged the Pacific Islands Association of NGO’s (PIANGO), European Union, and UNDP and for supporting DSE in putting together the Guide.

DSE’s launching of the Guide coincides with the Budget briefing workshop for Civil Society Organisations organised by Parliament with support from the UNDP Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative programme.

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