Stepping-up in the Solomon Islands
Stepping-up in the Solomon Islands
PM Morrison and PM Sogavare Joint Statement on 3 June 2019 (extract).
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare
met today in Honiara to celebrate Australia and Solomon Islands'
partnership as 'true wantoks'.
As two proud sovereign nations in the Pacific family, Australia and
Solomon Islands enjoy a close friendship and a shared history that was
further strengthened by our partnership in the 14-year Regional
Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). As Solomon Islands
celebrates the success of its first democratic election since RAMSI,
Australia stands proudly as a partner and a friend.
Consistent with the Australian Government's enhanced Pacific
engagement, Australia and Solomon Islands will continue to work closely
together to boost our engagement by strengthening community bonds and tackling common challenges.
More information on Australia's relationship with Solomon Islands is available on the Solomon Islands country page.
Stronger security partnerships. On 5 September 2018 in Nauru, Pacific Islands Forum Leaders adopted the Boe Declaration on Regional Security to guide future regional responses to emerging security issues. The new declaration recognises an expanded concept of security, inclusive of human, cyber and environmental security.
To support implementation of the Boe Declaration, and as announced in our Foreign Policy White Paper, we will establish the Australia Pacific Security College (College). The Pacific Fusion Centre (Centre), announced by Foreign Minister Payne in Nauru in September 2018, is another initiative supporting implementation of the Boe Declaration and our Foreign Policy White Paper.
Australia is scheduled to handover two Guardian-Class Patrol Boats to Solomon Islands in November 2019 and one in early 2020 to replace the previously gifted Patrol Boats. This will support maritime security in the Pacific region, under the Pacific Maritime Security Program.
Strengthening our Pacific Partnerships - Australia is taking our partnership with the Pacific to a new level. We want to work with our Pacific partners to build a Pacific region that is secure strategically, stable economically and sovereign politically.
The Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme are demand driven, and will help fill the labour gaps in Australia's towns and on our farms, boosting economic activity and competitiveness in rural and regional Australia.
We will also continue to deliver sports for development outcomes through the Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP) Program. Solomon Islands recently hosted the Australian junior Matildas women's Soccer team as part of their Pacific tour.
Australia is ramping up its education support to the Pacific. It will increase the vocational education and training across the Pacific through the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC). Schools from Solomon Islands will also be included in the expanded
Australia-Pacific Schools Partnerships (BRIDGE) two-year pilot program.
These initiatives complement the Government's existing Australia Awards and New Colombo Plan programs, which focus ontertiary education.
Operational since 1 July 2019, the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) supports transformative infrastructure in the Pacific and Timor-Leste. Australia is engaging closely with governments across the Pacific, including through our diplomatic missions, to ensure the AIFFP supports the development priorities of Pacific countries.
Australia has a deep and longstanding relationship with Solomon Islands. Australia is the largest provider of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Solomon Islands. Our program focuses on three strategic objectives as outlined in the Aid Investment Plan (AIP) for 2015-16 to 2018-19: