• PACER Plus awareness program carried out in Central Province

    PACER Plus awareness program carried out in Central Province

    “The PACER Plus trade agreement is one of the important trade agreements for Solomon Islands once it comes into force”. These were the sentiments from the Director of External Trade Mr. George Tuti while giving his presentation during a PACER Plus awareness program to Tulagi, in the Central province on Tuesday 15 October. The Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER Plus) is a comprehensive free trade agreement between 14 members of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIFs). Participants from Central Province who attended the awareness program on Tuesday . Solomon Island was amongst the first countries to sign on to the trade agreement in June 2017. Since signing on the agreement Solomon Islands is yet to actually ratify the PACER Plus. As part of its preparations to ratify the agreement the Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) is currently carrying out awareness programs to all nine provinces to inform people about the Trade Agreement. The awareness program also aims to inform stakeholders of the opportunities that are readily available to take advantage of but also appreciating the many challenges that must be address in order for Solomon Islands to meaningfully participate under the PACER Plus agreement. Central Province is the sixth province for the PACER Plus team to conduct an awareness program in. The last province was Makira. The PACER Plus agreement includes trade in goods; trade in services, investment, Development & Economic Cooperation and Regional labour Mobility. Under any Free Trade Agreement like the PACER Plus, the parties reduce duties and other regulations of commerce that restrict trade. Deputy Premier of Central Province Hon. James Galini giving his opening remarks before the PACER Plus program begun. PACER Plus Agreement has been negotiated since 2009 and was concluded in April 2017. The awareness program that was held at the Provincial conference room was attended by more than 30 participants and included vital discussions between the presenters and the participants. Participants from the province, which included the Deputy Premier and the Speaker, raised many key questions, which was what the awareness program was all about. Specific presentations on the Rules of Origin (ROOs) and the Labour Mobility program were also done during the program. After Central province the team will head to Western, Isabel and Rennel & Bellona to conduct similar programs there. ///////////
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  • Officials in Fiji for iEPA meetings

    Officials in Fiji for iEPA meetings

    As part of preparations towards Solomon Islands accession to the European Union (EU) and Pacific interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA), government officials have held a bilateral talk with the EU in Suva, Fiji on Tuesday.
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  • SICCI’s partnership with GOVT paid off with a lot of interest in Lata, Temotu

    SICCI’s partnership with GOVT paid off with a lot of interest in Lata, Temotu

    From the far western end of the Solomon Islands (Choiseul) two weeks ago to the far eastern end of the Solomon’s (Friday 27th September), Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) and Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce (SICCI) officials took to Lata, the provincial head quarter of Temotu province the PACER Plus awareness.
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  • Labour Mobility Unit Undertakes Recruitment

    Labour Mobility Unit Undertakes Recruitment

    The Solomon Islands Government through the Labour Mobility Unit (LMU) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAET) last week held a successful recruitment drive for potential meat workers in Honiara.
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  • Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade the Hon Jeremiah Manele Leaves for UNGA today via Beijing

    Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade the Hon Jeremiah Manele Leaves for UNGA today via Beijing

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade wishes to announce the departure of Foreign Minister Manele for the United Nations General Assembly. Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele will be travelling to Beijing to formalize diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China ahead of attending United Nations Meetings in New York.
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  • Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Assures Parents of Students and General Public on the Status of Solomon Islands Students Studying in Taiwan

    Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Assures Parents of Students and General Public on the Status of Solomon Islands Students Studying in Taiwan

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, wishes to assure all parents and guardians of students studying in Taiwan that Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has assured our office in Taiwan that the Ministry will continue to fund all sponsored students’ education for this semester.
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  • Trade Portal for Solomon Islands Launched.

    Trade Portal for Solomon Islands Launched.

    The Solomon Islands government has launched its first ever-national trade portal. The trade portal is one of Solomon Islands obligations under the PACER Plus agreement, which the country signed in June 2017.
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  • PACER Plus vital for Solomon Islands: Director of External Trade

    PACER Plus vital for Solomon Islands: Director of External Trade

    “The PACER Plus trade Agreement will be very vital for the Solomon Islands if we want to increase investment within the country, particularly by New Zealand and Australian investors”.
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Activities

Missions

Foreign Affairs

21
Dec2018
High Commissioner Soaki Presents his Credential as Permanent Representative to PIFS

High Commissioner Soaki Presents his Credential as...

His Excellency, Mr. William Soaki, the High Commissioner of Solomon Islands to the Republic of...

13
Dec2018
H.E William Soaki, Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji Presents Credential to H.E Major-General (Retired) Jioji Konrote, President of Fiji

H.E William Soaki, Solomon Islands High Commission...

The Solomon Islands High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji, His Excellency William Soaki, presented...

05
Oct2018
Argentina Ambassador Presents Credentials

Argentina Ambassador Presents Credentials

The Ambassador of the Republic of Argentina, H.E. Hugo Javier Gobbi has presented his letters...

23
May2018
Solomon Islands Health Minister present a case for Taiwan inclusion in the World Health Assembly Meeting

Solomon Islands Health Minister present a case for...

The Minister for Health and Medical Services of Solomon Islands, Honourable Tautai Agikimua Kaitu’u, made...

26
Jul2017

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade reaffirms its commitment on the establishment of...

06
Apr2017
“We Are Still Swimming Against The Tide But We Will Get There.” Ethel Sigimanu Tells a UN Panel Discussion on Status of Women.

“We Are Still Swimming Against The Tide But We Wil...

Here, in a side event of the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status...

21
Oct2016

SI Repeat Call on Indonesia to Cooperate with UN H...

Solomon Islands this week has repeated its call on Indonesia to cooperate with the United...

21
Oct2016

Solomon Islands High Commission in New Zealand Cel...

The Solomon Islands High Commission in New Zealand celebrated the 38th Independence Anniversary in Auckland...

External Trade

31
Jan2019
Solomon Islands Refutes Erroneous PACER Plus Claims by PANG

Solomon Islands Refutes Erroneous PACER Plus Claim...

In a new publication, the Hon Milner Tozaka, Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and External...

29
Oct2018
ACP/EU Ministerial and Bilateral Negotiations

ACP/EU Ministerial and Bilateral Negotiations

Last week (22nd-26th October) Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Honorable Milner Tozaka led...

17
Aug2017

Thirteenth Regular Session of the Scientific Commi...

The WPCFC Scientific Committee (SC) held its 13th regular session meeting from 9 - 17...

25
Apr2017
WTO Trade Policy Review Follow-Up Seminar, Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade

WTO Trade Policy Review Follow-Up Seminar, Organis...

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade organised a 2 day seminar to review...

27
Mar2017

Minister Tozaka in New Zealand for RSE Ministerial...

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Milner Tozaka is currently in New...

22
Feb2017

Fighting illegal fishing: Commission lifts 'yellow...

On 22 February 2017, the European Commission lifted the yellow card it handed down to...

01
Nov2016

Warning on Bogus Recruiting Agents for Work in Aus...

The Labor Mobility Unit (LMU) within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Tradeis stressing...

10
Oct2016
PM: Treaty Provides Opportunity To Address Provincial Relationship

PM: Treaty Provides Opportunity To Address Provinc...

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has lauded the Mota Lava Treaty as providing a ‘good’...