Gov’t to re-open Geneva mission - Solomon Star News

Gov’t to re-open Geneva mission

01 September 2014

THE Government has decided to re-open its Geneva Mission in Switzerland after it closed it down earlier this year.

Solomon Islands opened the Geneva Mission to deal with issues concerning the World Trade Organization (WTO).

But the Government of Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo decided to close the mission as a cost cutting measure.

The Government decided to keep Solomon Islands Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, to look after both the country’s trade and diplomatic interests in the European Union.

The Minister for Finance and Treasury, Rick Hou revealed the decision in Parliament yesterday when he announced the government has allocated $1 millionfor the re-opening of the Geneva Office.

MrHou said the allocation for the Geneva re-opening is part of additional   Supplementary expenses of the government to meet before the end of the year.

He was presenting to the Parliament the Second Reading of the 2014 Supplementary Appropriations.

The Government has yet to release the details on when the Geneva Mission will be re-opened.

– By George Atkin