A priority of MFAET over the next two years will be to develop Solomon Islands’ first comprehensive Foreign Policy Framework (Corporate Plan 2014-2017).
In a globalised world where international relations matter more and more, the planned Policy Framework will build the foundations necessary to advance Solomon Islands’ interests abroad.
In order to achieve this, the Policy Framework will aim to enhance Solomon Islands international presence by establishing new diplomatic relations with UN member states with which it shares common values and interests, particularly in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
This will be done while existing ties with Solomon Islands’ diplomatic partners and friends are strengthened in order to advance the country’s foreign policy objectives and priorities.
Additionally, MFAET through its Corporate Plan, will also develop the Ministry’s capacity to effectively represent Solomon Islands in diplomatic engagements, competently deliver on its core functions and better respond to new opportunities and challenges.
Solomon Islands foreign policy is guided by the following broad objectives
- Promote democracy and respect for human rights, and contribute to effective global governance and international security.
- Collaborate effectively with the UN and development partners in attaining the existing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Solomon Islands.
- Enhance engagements and strengthen partnerships with international organisations and donor partners.
- Enhance and Strengthen engagement and partnership with the EU.
- Explore greater opportunities through South-South relations – building on existing regional frameworks.
- Improve management of bilateral cooperation and border issues.
- Establish bilateral Technical Cooperation partnerships.