External Trade

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon Milner Tozaka is currently in New Zealand as part of the Recognised Seasonal Employment (RSE) Ministerial Visit from 26 -31 March 2017.

Three Solomon Islands companies are in Auckland, New Zealand to participate in the Pacific Path to Market Trade Mission from 23-30 March 2017. The programme is organised by the Pacific Trade and Invest (PT&I). The Solomon Islands companies are among 23 Businesses from other Pacific Island countries who attended the event. Those countries attending the event include, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Milner Tozaka is currently in New Zealand as part of the Recognised Seasonal Employment (RSE) Ministerial Visit from 26 -31 March 2017.

The Solomon Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand, Her Excellency, Mrs Joy Kere acknowledged the New Zealand government for its support towards the establishment of the RSE websites. The launching of the RSE website was held on Tuesday 21st March 2017, in Wellington, New Zealand.

On 22 February 2017, the European Commission lifted the yellow card it handed down to Solomon Islands in late 2014, recognising the significant efforts that have been made towards fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by the government and industry.

This comes as a great relief for exporters of tuna to the European Union, and shows that Solomon Islands is committed to bringing into line our fisheries’ legal and administrative frameworks with international law, in order to tackle illegal fishing effectively.

As we all know, the fisheries industry is of significant importance to the Solomon Islands, providing employment and growth opportunities in the economy.

The EU, at over 500 million consumers, is a substantial source of demand for our products so maintaining our ability to export tuna to this market is essential.

For more information visit the EU website at  https://ec.europa.eu/.

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Chair, Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has welcomed Fiji’s signing of the new Melanesian Free Trade Agreement (MFTA) in Suva, Fiji, today.

Solomon Islands has presented its 3rd Trade Policy review report to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva on the 13th of December.

The Labor Mobility Unit (LMU) within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Tradeis stressing tothe general publicthe importance of verifying the legitimacy of Agents whorecruit for the New Zealand Recognized Seasonal Employer scheme (RSE) and the Australian Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP).

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare has lauded the Mota Lava Treaty as providing a ‘good’ opportunity for Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to address the relationship of their two maritime border provinces- Temotu Province in Solomon Islands and Torba Province of Vanuatu.

Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu have signed a Maritime Border Treaty on Friday 7th October ending 33 years of negotiations over the common border of the two nations south of the Solomon Islands and north of Vanuatu.