Honiara Population Less than 100,000 in 2025

Figure 1 Solomon Islands Population Projections by Province Persons2009 Census BasedToday the National Statistics Office has said that the population of Honiara is not projected to reach 350,000 people by 2050, contrary to claims made this week. Government Statistician, Douglas Kimi, said that according to the 2009 Census, the population of the capital was 64,600 and that this is projected to increase to only 99,500 people by the year 2025.

“There is currently a lot of misinformation about the population data published by this office”, Mr Kimi said. “The National Statistics Office has not release any population information for 2050. Based on the projected growth rate to 2025, it is highly unlikely the population of Honiara would increase fivefold to 350,000 people by 2050. Population projections are increasingly volatile the further out they move from the base year and for this reason our Office only publishes data to the year 2025.”

“I would strongly encourage all users of data attributed to the National Statistics Office to check the figures and where they are sourced from,” Mr Kimi continued. “The National Statistics Office is here to help and our staff are happy to answer any queries members of the government, private, media or community sectors may have. Accurate data is central to good decision-making and the development of sound policy. The future of the Solomon Islands depends on us getting this stuff right.

”Census population counts as well as Province and national population projections are available on the National Statistics Office website National Statistics Office <http://www.statistics.gov.sb/>.

Media notes

  •  Please ensure when reporting on data that you attribute the relevant National Statistics office bulletin as the source.
  • For media requests and interviews, contact Loyce Pabulu at the National Statistics Office on (+677) 27835/23951 or email sinso@mof.gov.sb.

10,000 Arrivals in March Quarter 2016

Figure 1 Visitor Arrivals by Country of Residence by Quarter First Quarter 2016Almost 10,000 international arrivals were recorded in the Solomon Islands for the March quarter of 2016, according to data released today by the National Statistics Office. This represents a slight increase of 3.5 percent from the same quarter a year ago. International arrivals data is important for understanding the mobility of Solomon Islanders and the characteristics of visitors and intending residents who come to the country.

“Of these international arrivals, four in ten were returning residents and five in ten were visitors,” said Government Statistician, Mr Douglas Kimi. “Over 40 percent of these visitors were from Australia, followed by Other Asian Countries, the United States of America, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. The highest number of arrivals in the quarter was during February and well over half were for holiday or business/conference purposes.”

Almost three times more men arrived in the Solomon Islands than women. Over 76 percent of arrivals were aged between 25 and 64 years. The occupation of most visitors was listed as Other (39 percent), followed by Professional and Technical (30 percent), Administration and Managerial (10 percent) and No Work (10 percent). Solomon Airlines (46 percent) and Virgin Australia (24 percent) were the most popular carriers for arrivals. Tourists spent an average of 12 days in the country.

Data from the Disembarkation form collected by Immigration Officials are analysed in the quarterly report by the National Statistics Office by country of residence, month of arrival, length of stay, purpose of visit, age and carrier.More information is contained in the full report available for download from the National Statistics Office website under “Recent Releases” or “SINSO Documents” <http://www.statistics.gov.sb/>.

Media notes

  • Please ensure when reporting on data that you attribute the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office Visitor Statistics (First Quarter 2016) as the source.
  • For media requests and interviews, contact Chief Statistician Irene Kalauma or Senior Statistician Anterlyn Tuzakana on +677 22154/21427 or email STATS-SocialDemography@mof.gov.sb.

 

CPI and Inflation Decrease for May

Graph 1 Honiara Annual Inflation Rates 3 months moving average for MayThe Honiara Consumers Price Index (CPI) for May 2016 was released today by the National Statistics Office and is a monthly indicator of the variation in prices for retail goods and other items. The basket of goods chosen represents the spending behaviour of the population of Honiara and the resulting CPI is used to calculate inflation. The CPI decreased by 0.9%, from 189.6 in April to 187.6 in May. This was largely driven by declines in food prices outweighing increases in prices for drinks and tobacco.

“The overall annual headline inflation rate for May was 4.1%,” said Government Statistician, Mr Douglas Kimi. “This is a decrease of 0.3 of a percentage point from the previous month. The main underlying rates of inflation for May were between 1.6% and 2.7%, based on a 3 months moving average.”

“Prices decreased for rice, flour, coconut biscuits, canned meat, powdered milk and some fresh fruits and vegetables sold at the Honiara market,” Mr Kimi continued. “These outweighed price increases for other food items such as bush cabbage, melons, green coconuts, cooking and ripe bananas, spring onions, green beans, cabin biscuits, canned fish and sugar and confectionaries. The result is that the Food Sub-Index declined by 2.0% to 180.1.”

Other major changes include an increase in the Drinks and Tobacco and Transport and Communications sub-indices due to increases in tobacco, petrol and diesel prices. In comparison, the Housing and Utilities and Household Operations sub-indices went down, driven by a decrease in the prices of kerosene, household appliances and equipment and household supplies and services.

More information is contained in the full report which will be available for download from the National Statistics Office website under “Recent Releases” or “SINSO Documents” <http://www.statistics.gov.sb/>.

Media notes

  • Please ensure when reporting on data that you attribute the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office Honiara Consumer Price Index (May, 2016) as the source.
  •  For media requests and interviews, contact Senior Statistician Ms Anna Luvu or Statistician Mr Reginald Mara on +677 27835/+677 21427 or email sinso@mof.gov.sb

 

Arrivals Up 14% From 2014

Chart 2 Visitors Arrival by Country of residence by quarter 4th quarter 2015Over 12,500 international arrivals were recorded in the Solomon Islands for the December quarter of 2015, according to new data released this week by the National Statistics Office. This represents an increase of 14 percent from the same quarter a year ago. International arrivals data is important for understanding the mobility of Solomon Islanders and the characteristics of visitors and intending residents who come to the country.

“Of these international arrivals, half were returning residents and most of the other half were visitors,” said Government Statistician, Mr Douglas Kimi. “The majority of visitors, over 44 percent, were from Australia, followed by Other Asian Countries, Papua New Guinea, the United States of America, Fiji and New Zealand. Most arrivals in the quarter were during November and about two thirds were for holiday or business/conference purposes.”

Two in three international arrivals were male. Over 70 percent of arrivals were aged between 25 and 64 years. The occupation of most visitors was listed as Other (35 percent), followed by Professional and Technical (33 percent), No Work (13 percent) and Administration and Managerial (9 percent). Solomon Airlines (47 percent) and Virgin Australia (25 percent) were the most popular carriers for arrivals. Tourists spent an average of 14 days in the country. 

Data from the Disembarkation form collected by Immigration Officials are analysed in the quarterly report by the National Statistics Office by country of residence, month of arrival, length of stay, purpose of visit, age and carrier.

More information is contained in the full report available for download from the National Statistics Office website under “Recent Releases” or “SINSO Documents” <http://www.statistics.gov.sb/>

Media notes

  • Please ensure when reporting on data that you attribute the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office Visitor Statistics (Fourth Quarter 2015) as the source.
  • For media requests and interviews, contact Chief Social Statistician  Mrs Irene Kalauma or Senior Social Statistician Mrs  Anterlyn Tuzakana on +677 22154 or email sinso@mof.gov.sb.

 

 

Trade Surplus of $127.1m for Dec Quarter

The latest figures on international merchandise trade were released last week by the National Statistics Office for the December quarter of 2015. These data show the movement of different types of goods between the Solomon Islands and a range of countries in Oceania, Asia, Europe, Africa, America and Other Regions.

“The movement of goods into and out of the Solomon Islands is an important aspect of our nation’s economic development,” said Government Statistician, Mr Douglas Kimi. “The major exports for the Solomon Islands this quarter were round log and saw timber and agricultural products which increased from the December quarter 2014, as well as fresh/frozen and canned fish and gold which decreased. In terms of major imports, machinery and transport equipment imports rose, while food imports like rice and canned meat and mineral fuel and lubricants decreased from the same quarter a year ago.”

TRADE BALANCE WITH SELECTED TRADING PARTNERS Forth Quarters of 2014 and 2015 2The merchandise trade balance, or the value of exports minus the value of imports, showed a surplus of $127.1m for the December quarter. This was a surplus of $462.9m over the deficit of $335.7m recorded in the preceding quarter. A trade deficit indicates the value of imports to the Solomon Islands is higher than the value of exports out of the country. In the case of a trade surplus, the reverse is true. The trade deficits between the Solomon Islands and Australia and Papua New Guinea increased in the previous year (6.8% and 35.5%), but a decrease was observed in the trade deficit with Singapore (6.8%). Over the same period the trade surpluses with South Korea and China increased (57.2% and 29.4%), while those with Spain and Italy decreased (80.6% and 7.3%).

Data are compiled from the Solomon Islands Customs and Excise Division, the Central Bank of the Solomon Islands, Commodity Export Market Authority and additional records provided by major importers/exporters.

More information is contained in the full report available for download from the National Statistics Office website under “Recent Releases” or “SINSO Documents” <http://www.statistics.gov.sb/>.

Media notes

  • Please ensure when reporting on data that you attribute the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office International Merchandise Trade Statistics (December Quarter, 2015) as the source.
  • For media requests and interviews, contact Mr. Joachim Gaiafuna - Chief Statistician or Mr. Henry Risoni - Principal Statistician on +677 25451/27835 or email sinso@mof.gov.sb

 

CPI and Inflation Increase for March

The Honiara Consumers Price Index (CPI) for March 2016 was released last week by the National Statistics Office and is a monthly indicator of the variation in prices for retail goods and other items. The basket of goods chosen represents the spending behaviour of the population of Honiara and the resulting CPI is used to calculate inflation. The CPI rose by 0.3%, increasing from 189.4 in February to 189.9 in March. This was largely driven by increases in the prices of a number of food items, betel nut and housing repairs and maintenance costs, outweighing price decreases, especially in for kerosene, petrol and diesel.

Graph 1 Honiara Annual Inflation Rates“The overall annual headline inflation rate for March was 3.9%,” said Government Statistician, Mr Douglas Kimi. “This is an increase of 0.3 percentage points from the previous month. The main underlying rates of inflation were observed between 1.7% and 3.3%,based on a 3 months moving average.”

“Prices increased for flour, pork chops, chicken wings, powdered milk and some fresh fruits and vegetables sold at the Honiara market. These outweighed price decreases for other food items such as fresh and frozen beef, curry powder, kumara, ripe bananas, green beans and fern. The result is that the Food Sub-Index rose by 1.1% to 180.1.”

Other major changes include a decrease in the Drinks and Tobacco and Transport and Communications sub-indices due to declines in betel nut, petrol and diesel prices. In comparison, the Housing and Utilities sub-index went up, driven by an increase in housing repairs and maintenance costs and the price of gas.

More information is contained in the full report available for download from the National Statistics Office website under “Recent Releases” or “SINSO Documents” <http://www.statistics.gov.sb/>.

Media notes

  • Please ensure when reporting on data that you attribute the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office Honiara Consumer Price Index (March, 2016) as the source.
  • For media requests and interviews, contact  Ms. Anna Luvu or  Mr. Reginald Mara on +677 27835 or email sinso@mof.gov.sb.
 
 

Poverty in the Solomon Islands

DSCN1329(L-R): Prof. John Gibson (University of Waikato),Dr Willie Lahari(NSO Advisor),Ms Anne Tully(World Bank),Hon. Synder Rini MP(Minister for Finance and Treasury),Ms Kirsten Hawke(DFAT), and Mr Douglas Kimi (Government Statistician)About 12.7 percent of the population in the Solomon Islands lives below the poverty line and are classified as ‘poor’ according to a new report released yesterday. The Solomon Islands Poverty Profile discusses key welfare and poverty indicators, including the minimum expenditure necessary to meet basic household food and non-food needs. These indicators are analysed by age, gender, geography, education, economic activity, migrant status and ethnicity. The report was launched as a joint venture by the National Statistics Office, Ministry of Finance and Treasury, World Bank and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.“The Solomon Island-specific ‘poverty line’ is the minimum expenditure needed to obtain basic food and non-food goods,” explained Government Statistician, Mr Douglas Kimi. “The indicator used to measure living standards is total consumption expenditure by the household. The results suggest that poverty in the Solomon Islands is overwhelmingly rural, although meeting basic needs costs twice as much in Honiara compared with most other provinces”.

Education attainment has an impact on poverty levels, with approximately 40 percent those considered to be poor living in households headed by someone with less than six years of primary schooling. Poverty rates are significantly lower among wage workers compared to other workers and migrant households are significantly less likely to be poor than non-migrant households.

The national poverty rate is highest for people where the age of the head of the household exceeds 50 years and the poverty risk for female headed households is slightly less than for male headed households.

The data discussed in the report was collected as part of the 2012/13 Household Income and Expenditure Survey. A nationally representative sample of 4,500 Solomon Islands households participated in this survey between October 2012 and November 2013. The launch yesterday was attended by Members of Parliament and representatives from a range of Solomon Islands Government ministries, local and international organisations and foreign governments.

More information is contained in the full report available for download from the Ministry of Finance and Treasury and National Statistics Office websites.

Media notes

  • Please ensure when reporting on data that you attribute the Solomon Islands Poverty Profile as the source.
  • For media requests and interviews, contact Loyce Pabulu or Emma Nugent at the National Statistics Office on +677 27835/23951 or email sinso@mof.gov.sb

 

 

Solomon Islands Poverty Report Launched

poverty reportToday the Solomon Islands Poverty Profile will be launched. The report discusses key welfare and poverty indicators, including the minimum expenditure necessary to meet basic household food and non-food needs. These indicators are analysed by age, gender, geography, education, economic activity, migrant status and ethnicity.

The Minister for Finance and Treasury, the Honorable Snyder Rini MP, said that the poverty findings provide a timely set of new socio-economic measures to inform the government’s policy frameworks.

“On behalf of the Government of Solomon Islands, I take this opportunity to embrace the findings of the analysis of poverty in Solomon Islands, a significant milestone for the country, and to commend this report to the people of Solomon Islands,” said the Honorable Mr Rini.

“In particular, the poverty results will support the effective monitoring and implementation of the government’s national development strategy (NDS) which also encompasses the government’s fiscal and monetary policy goals and the medium term development plan (MTDP). The poverty benchmarks will underpin the current poverty reduction interventions within the NDS and MTDP, and allow the government to decide, among alternative investments, strategies to arrest poverty and to ensure effective service delivery, especially in the rural areas.”

The data discussed in the report was collected as part of the 2012/13 Household Income and Expenditure Survey. A nationally representative sample of 4,500 Solomon Islands households participated in this survey between October 2012 and November 2013. The final report is a collaborative effort between the National Statistics Office, Ministry of Finance and Treasury, World Bank and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The launch today will be attended by Members of Parliament and representatives from a range of Solomon Islands Government ministries, local and international organisations and foreign governments.

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Media notes

  • Please ensure when reporting on data that you attribute the Solomon Islands Poverty Profile as the source.
  • For media requests and interviews, contact Loyce Pabulu or Emma Nugent at the National Statistics Office on +677 27835/23951 or email sinso@mof.gov.sb.