Source: New Zealand Parliament
13 March 202
Regional strategic issues, fisheries in the Pacific, and insight into the Solomon Islands’ Covid-19 response will be front and centre during the New Zealand Parliament Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade select committee delegation to the Solomon Islands this month.
Comprised of committee Chair Hon Jenny Salesa, Deputy Chair Hon Gerry Brownlee, and Dan Rosewarne MP, the committee delegation will arrive in Honiara on 14 March and will be in the country for four days.
The purpose of the visit is to strengthen bilateral relations between New Zealand and the Solomon Islands; gain an understanding of regional strategic decisions; and exchange experiences of each country’s response to COVID-19.
During their visit, the delegation will meet with the Forum Fisheries Agency, the Solomon Islands Foreign Relations Committee and the Police, National Security and Correctional Services Committee. These meetings will aim to provide informative insight and give valuable pieces of knowledge for the committees work in New Zealand.
The delegation will also meet with Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh Sogavare as well as the Speaker of the National Parliament of the Solomon Islands, Hon John Patteson Oti. The meetings will be used to gain a greater understanding of the Solomon Islands’ position on a broad range of issues
Delegations like this are important factors in building relationships with our Pacific Island neighbours in both the foreign affairs and trade contexts.
The Speaker chooses a select committee to travel internationally to engage with overseas select committees and Parliaments once a parliamentary term. This delegation supports the New Zealand Parliament’s wider engagement with the Pacific.
The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee is one of New Zealand Parliament’s 12 subject select committees. The committee looks at business related to customs, defence, disarmament and arms control, foreign affairs, trade and veterans’ affairs.
This delegation includes committee Chair Hon Jenny Salesa; Deputy Chair Hon Gerry Brownlee; and Dan Rosewarne MP. The trip commences on Monday 13 March, and ends Saturday, 18 March.
For more information contact IPR@parliament.govt.nz