The Institute for International Trade (IIT) at the University of Adelaide, is consulting government, business and community stakeholders across the Pacific to identify trade-related development priorities of members from the new free trade agreement – the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus).
92 workers are preparing to leave the country starting next week to work in Queensland, Australia under the Seasonal Work Program (SWP). The workers will be travelling in small groups separately on different dates and flights. They will be quarantined at their pre-arranged quarantine sites for 14 days before going to their respective farms where they will be working for the next 9 months.
After weeks of preparation 144 workers flew out to Australia on Monday 22 March to start their new 9-month contracts working on farms across rural Victoria and Tasmania. The workers are a mix of those who have been on the program before and those just recruited now for the first time.
The Labour Mobility Unit (LMU) within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pacific Labour Facility (PLF) on recruitment database.
Monica Wale, Alice Houtoro Tara, Melvina Saueha and Helen Tabe Poloso arrived in Brisbane on 7 March. They were on Solomon Islands Airlines’ last scheduled flight before it folded its wings to help stop COVID-19 at the country’s border. It was around the same time Australia’s federal and state governments closed their borders to control a worrying spread of COVID-19.
From: the Minister, Permanent Secretary and staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade.
To: the Wife and Daughter and Family and Relatives of Late Clive Ramo.
It is with a heavy heart that we learn the passing of your dear husband, son, brother, uncle and nephew, the late Clive Ramo here in Solomon Islands and in Australia who was called to rest following a tragic incident in Australia.
Late Clive was part of a team of workers under the Pacific Labour Mobility program in Gunnedah, NSW Australia. He was called to rest following an accident on Sunday 28th June 2020.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade is currently working with the Solomon Islands High Commission in Canberra and authorities in Australia to ensure the body of late Clive is safely repatriated home to be with his beloved family and relatives.
May the soul of late Clive Ramo, dear husband, son, brother, uncle, nephew and Pacific Labour Mobility colleague rest in peace with our heavenly father, and may our good lord be source of healing and comfort during this difficult time.