Foreign Affairs

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,

L-R: Mr Johnson Oge, Mr Kereta Sanga, Ms Sophia Meolver, and Mr Richard Manuroho

On the morning of the 21st September 2020 the Consulate General of Solomon Islands in Brisbane opened its doors as the country’s first diplomatic mission to offer passport renewal services to Solomon Islanders outside of the country.

Mr. Robert Sisilo

About 300 Solomon Islanders are now working in Australia under the Seasonal Workers Programme (SWP) and 100 under the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS).  This is expected to increase to 2,500 by 2023 according to the Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Australia, Mr. Robert Sisilo.

Sisilo testifies before the Australian Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT).

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Australia, Mr. Robert Sisilo, has likened the Covid-19 Pandemic to a big dark cloud that has descended on planet earth, bringing death and destruction. 

High Commissioner Soaki (3rd from left) with the Fiji Police Acting Deputy Commissioner, Itendra Nair (centre), Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Esala Nayasi (1st left) and members of the resident Diplomatic Missions jointly cut the cake to signify the launching of the PICP Strategic Plan. (Phote: Fiji Polic Force)

The Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency William Soaki joined the Fiji Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Itendra Nair, Deputy Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Esala Nayasi, and members of Diplomatic Corp to launch the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP) five year Strategic Plan early this month in Suva.

As of mid-September 2020, Solomon Islands citizens in Australia can now initiate their renewal of passports at the Consulate General Office in Brisbane. Immigration officials, Mr. Johnson Oge and Mr Richard Manuroho, flew in to Brisbane on the 24th August to set up Immigrations Mobile Enrolment Unit (MEU) in the Consulate.

On 14th August 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon Jeremiah Manele, presented Exequatur to Mr Durk Kee Kim formally recognising him as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Korea to Solomon Islands and Mr Hii Yii Ging, as the Honorary Consul of Malaysia to Solomon Islands.  

SOLOMON ISLANDS GOVERNMENT REPATRIATION PLAN FOR 21 AND 23 JULY 2020

13 July 2020

Minister of Foreign Affairs & External Trade, Hon. Jeremiah Manele with US Honorary Consul to Solomon Islands, Ms Keithie Saunders

On 26th June 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Honourable Jeremiah Manele, presented an Exequatur to Ms Keithie Saunders formally recognising her as the United States Honorary Consul to Solomon Islands for the next 18 months.