Beyond Recovery: Towards 2030

Our Evolving Response for Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands reported its first case of COVID-19 on 3rd October 2020 and to date, there have been a total of 17 cases and no deaths. The risk of the virus spreading in communities is still low so there have been no immediate plans yet for a lockdown.

Emergency committees in Solomon Islands were activated early this year - schools were closed and international flights restricted to prevent the virus entering the country, and suspected COVID-19 cases went through quarantine procedures. During the launch of the Economic Stimulus Package in May, Sogavare stated that the country is heading towards a recession in the second half of 2020 with a significant decline in GDP growth at –4.9 percent. The decline is a result of a reduction in logging and fisheries exports, a contraction in tourism, and the negative impact of containment measures that include suspension of all international flights, entry restrictions of non-citizens and strict mandatory quarantine for all returning passengers. The stimulus package of USD36.9 million by government includes subsidies for households, loan relief for businesses, inter-island transfers and grants to provincial health authorities.

UNDP's Offer 2.0

Building a new social contract

UNDP is supporting the Government in the following areas:

Institutional continuity of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands to fulfil its constitutional mandate with a specific focus on its continuity despite COVID-19 restrictions through:

  • strategic and technical advice for review and adaptation of parliamentary procedure to the new working context
  • support the development of internal Standard Operating Procedures and Business Continuity Plan to ensure administrative continuity
  • assist the digitalization and capacity to work remotely by providing ICT equipment to allow virtual meetings of committees, virtual public consultations and budget discussions.

A specific assistance is proposed on strengthening parliamentary oversight of the Executive response to the pandemic and provide a ‘surge’ capacity to conduct an independent parliamentary budget analysis on COVID-19 response packages through the Pacific Floating Budget Office, especially on cross-cutting thematic issues such as gender inclusivity and climate change finance.

Provision of technical policy and advisory support on COVID-19 and corruption. An advisory note on ‘COVID-19 and Corruption in the Pacific’ has been prepared and distributed to Pacific governments. A series of COVID-19 activities are being implemented, including in relation to addressing the procurement risks, capacity building for corruption risk assessment in the health sector, alerting of human-rights implications of corruption under COVID-19 and awareness raising of COVID-19 corruption risks across all sectors of society.

Specific focus has been on promoting business integrity and ethics and providing trainings on protection of businesses against corruption with a specific focus on youth entrepreneurs and women-owned enterprises. COVID-19 corruption implications for the business sector have been at the core of the anti-corruption debate.

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