Foreign Affairs

Mr. Sisilo meets one of the workers at a farm in Mildura, Victoria.

Solomon Islands’ High Commissioner to Australia, Mr. Robert Sisilo, has told Solomon Island workers in Australia to get their COVID-19 jabs if they have not yet got their first and second vaccine doses. 

The zoom courtesy call between Acting High Commissioner, Mr. Ellison Mason and the New Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, His Excellency, Mr. Henry Puna

The Acting High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji, Mr. Ellison Mason had a zoom courtesy call with the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Mr Henry Puna on Wednesday 8th September 2021. 

Our RSIPV Taro’s 21 guardian of the seas perform a traditional dance in front of VIPs and guests at the Handover Ceremony.

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Australia, His Excellency, Mr. Robert Sisilo, was full of praises of the Captain and Commanding Officer and the 20 crews of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Vessel (RSIPV) Taro when he accepted and received the new patrol boat from the Government of Australia at the Handover Ceremony held on Friday last week in Perth, Western Australia.

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MFAET Staff Supporting International Women's Day
MFAET Staff Supporting International Women's Day

 

Dr. Etherington and wife Maureen showing Mr. Sisilo the DME/coconut crushing machine he invented.

With the COVID-19 restrictions easing, Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Australia Mr. Robert Sisilo, is reaching out to small and medium enterprises investing in Solomon Islands.  Kokonut Pacific Australia (KPA), based in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, in joint-venture with Kokonut Pacific Solomon Islands (KPSI) since 2004, was Mr. Sisilo’s first port of call last month.

Mr. John Santolin (left) and Mr. Robert Sisilo

The “Pacific Step-Up” is one of Australia's foreign policy priorities highlighted in its 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper and 2016 Defence White Paper as of fundamental importance. This is to engage with Solomon Islands and other Pacific Island Countries at a new level, launching a new chapter in their relations.  Hence the Pacific/Aus Sports Initiative.

Emily Free & Kriti Mahaja with the High Commissioner

The Solomon Islands High Commission in Canberra had the unique opportunity to introduce two young women students from the Australia National University (ANU) to the world of diplomacy and politics. On 28 October, for a one day event, the Girls Leadership Network (TGLN) matches participants with High Commissions and Embassies in Canberra and give them the chance and opportunity to experience work at the Missions.

L-R: Mr Kereta Sanga, Mr Paul Johnstone, and Ms Karen Aquino

On the 21st October, the Solomon Islands Consulate General in Brisbane, Australia,  Mr Kereta Sanga, presented the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) International Law Enforcement Cooperation Medal (ILEC) to Mr Paul Johnstone, a former Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) officer who served in Solomon Islands in 2007.

L-R: Ms Helen Heidke, Mr Jonathon Lynn, Mr Johnson Oge, Mr Richard Manuroho, Ms Rita Jackal, Mr Edward Kutr

On the 21st October, Solomon Islands Immigration officers, Mr Johnson Oge andMr Richard Manuroho, participated in a half day passports training at the Australian Passport Office in Brisbane.

Consul-General Mr. Kereta Sanga & Sir Bruce Saunders

On the 1st September 2020 Sir Bruce and Lady Keithie Saunders paid a courtesy call on the Consul-General of Solomon Islands to Australia,