External Trade

PM Hou and Minister Payne

An increased number of Solomon Islands workers will soon gain valuable skills and income from working in Australia under the Pacific Labour Mobility Scheme.

Prime Minister Rick Hou and Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Senator Marise Payne settled the deal by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the scheme at the margins of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders’ Summit in Nauru yesterday.

Solomon Islands attended the Sixth Pacific Tuna Forum in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea from the 13th – 14th September 2017. The biennial event was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Honourable Peter O’Neill.

The WPCFC Scientific Committee (SC) held its 13th regular session meeting from 9 - 17 August 2017 in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.

Senior Officials and stakeholders from Nine Pacific Countries participating under the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme are currently attending a five day forum in Auckland, New Zealand.

After 8 years of Negotiations, the PACER Plus agreement has finally been signed. Solomon Islands delegation headed by Hon. Milner Tozaka expressed its sincere appreciation to all Forum Island Countries (FIC) and Australia and New Zealand for showing necessary commitment towards the process for the last 8 years.

The Labor Mobility Unit (LMU) within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade is once again stressing to the general public the importance of verifying the legitimacy of Agents who recruit for the Australian Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP).

Forty seasonal workers who will be leaving for the shores of Australia under the Seasonal Workers Program (SWP),

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade organised a 2 day seminar to review the findings of the 3rd Trade Policy Review, which was carried out in 2016.

Six years into their tree change, Kerry and Simon McCarthy made a leap of faith in hiring their first employee through the Seasonal Worker Programme.

Solomon Islands and New Zealand reaffirm their close bilateral cooperation when both Foreign Ministers met in Auckland, New Zealand last week. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Milner Tozaka met his counter-part, Hon. Murrary McCully in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday last week. Minister Tozaka was concluding his one week RSE Minister visit in New Zealand when he met with Minister McCully.