The Regional Economic Cooperation Branch (REC) is mandated under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade to promote, protect, accomplish and secure interest and development opportunities of Solomon Islands with the outside world namely the Sub-regional and Regional organisations.
The branch undertakes this assignment on behalf and in consultation with the other government line ministries, civil society groups and other private sectors who directly affect their day to day activity of doing business.
Like the other political branches within the Ministry and noting the dynamics of the changing global economic environment, the branch actively engages itself to gauge the benefits that are brought about by these changes.
Basically, the branch is responsible for the management, participation, monitoring, provision and offering analysis on SI’s participation in regional/sub-regional organisations.
Accordingly, under the mandated government policy goal to “Ensure the conduct of Solomon Islands Sovereignty, Security and Interests in the International Community are Maintained and Safeguarded” the Regional Economic Cooperation Branch (REC) is not isolated in its approach of doing business. REC conducts its operations in partnership with all the Regional and Sub-regional Organisations which includes”-
- Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) with its sub-divisions namely the;
- Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC) and
- Secretariat of the Pacific Board for Educational Assessment (SPBEA)
- Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)
- Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA)
- Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)
- South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
- U.S Multilateral Fisheries Treaty (UST)