External Trade

John Kanai from SI Chamber of Commerce delivering his presentation.

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. 

Candidates during last week’s recruitment process

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.

Trade Commissioner Mr. Joseph Ma’ahanua delivering his remarks during the launch of the Trade Portal.

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.

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.