External Trade

Director of External Trade Mr. George Tuti doing his presentation at the Choiseul Provincial Chambers on Tuesday.

“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”.

Director of Trade George Tuti doing his presentation  his presentation

30 participants from the Malaita Provincial Government, Private sector, and line Government Ministries were present as the External Trade Department within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) in collaboration with Customs Division carried out an awareness program on the Pacific Agreement on Close Economic Relations (PACER Plus) in Auki Yesterday (Wednesday).

Director of Trade, George Tuti doing his presentation

As part of the Pacific Agreement on Close Economic Relations (PACER Plus) preparation towards ratification of the agreement,  the External Trade Department within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) has begun its roll out on its awareness programs for the country.

Over 7000 seedlings were handed over by the Trade Commissioner within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Mr. Joseph Ma’ahanua to the SASA community in Auruligo , on Tuesday.

In a new publication, the Hon Milner Tozaka, Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade of the Solomon Islands, as the Lead Spokesperson of the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) on PACER Plus, has refuted the misrepresentations and erroneous claims made by the Pacific Network on Globalization (PANG) about the regional trade agreement between PICs, Australia, and New Zealand.

Minister Tozaka giving his statement during the ACP-EU Joint Ministerial meeting.

Last week (22nd-26th October) Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Honorable Milner Tozaka led a Solomon Islands delegation to Brussels to attend a series of meetings including the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Senior Trade Officials Meeting, followed by the ACP Trade Ministers and joint ACP-EU Ministerial meeting. 

RSE Group Photo

134 workers bound for the shores of New Zealand under the under the Recognized Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme are currently undergoing a two day Pre departure briefing.

The Pre departure briefing which started today(Tuesday) and ends tomorrow (Wednesday) is an essential activity that always takes place, prior to a group of Seasonal workers departing for New Zealand or Australia work under the labour schemes.

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.