External Trade

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.

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).