31st October 2017
Australia and Solomon Islands committed to work together
Australia and Solomon Islands reaffirmed their commitment to work in partnership during the Solomon Islands-Australia High Level Consultations today. Senior officials met to review partnership progress and identify future priorities.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination, Shadrach Fanega opened the consultation in Honiara. In his opening statement, Permanent Secretary Fanega stated "Australia is a valued partner of the Solomon Islands Government".
"The Solomon Islands – Australia Aid Partnership signed in June is aligned with the National Development Strategy and enables both Governments to work together to improve the lives of people across Solomon Islands" Mr Fanega said.
Australian High Commissioner Roderick Brazier said "Australia remains committed to Solomon Islands and will continue to support Solomon Islands undertake reforms".
"The Solomon Islands partnership is Australia’s third largest aid program. This year we will provide an estimated SBD848 million to support better education, health, infrastructure and security outcomes. We will prioritise better outcomes for women and girls and activities to stimulate private sector growth and more jobs".
"Australia’s stepped-up engagement in the Pacific will provide exciting opportunities to strengthen our partnerships with Solomon Islands on economic growth and security, and also foster stronger relationships between our people".
The annual consultation concluded with agreement of a joint outcome statement on key priorities.