15 Jan 2016

Solomons urged to utilise Canadian labour mobility offer

8:00 am on 15 January 2016

Solomon Islands is being urged to utilise unique opportunities for education, training and labour mobility which have recently opened up in Canada.

The statement from the Solomon Islands consular general in Canada to the prime minister of Solomon Islands refers to an agreement signed in October last year between the Guadalcanal provincial government and the Canadian Saskatchewan province.

The agreement provides for short-term scholarships for Solomon Islanders as preparation for entry into Canada's Tourism and Agriculture sectors.

During a visit to Solomon Islands this week the country's Canadian consular general Ashwant Dwevedi urged prime minister Manasseh Sogavare to consider sending 500 to 700 Solomon Islanders to take part in the initiative.

Prime minister Sogavare in return said he was excited by the prospects offered by the agreement and said he intended to travel to Canada to look at the potential for realising the agreement and developing more like it.