UK commits to work with SI - Solomon Star News

UK commits to work with SI

12 February 2018
British Foreign Office Minister for Asia Pacific Mark Field delivers a speech before laying a wreath in honor of those that sacrificed their lives during WWII on Guadalcanal. [Photo: Charles Kadamana]

THE Foreign Office Minister from British Mark Field says the United Kingdom is fully committed to working closely to develop Solomon Islands.

Mark Field, FCO Minister is looking after the Asia and the Pacific.

“This is my first time to come to this part of the world and I am happy with this trip,” Mr Field said.

He said the UK enjoys a historic relationship and modern partnership with the Solomon Islands, New Zealand and Australia.

“We have strong ties and an enduring friendship with this region, built on friendship and shared values.”

“Our strong security, prosperity and people-to-people links are more relevant than ever as work towards advancing our common interests both in the region and further afield.”

Mr Field said that UK is fully committed to help Solomon Islands in its market.

UK is one of the strong agents of Solomon Islands to the European market and they are committed to that, he said.

“We are committed to maintain market with developing countries like Solomon Islands,” he said.

The Minister left the country yesterday will then travel to New Zealand, where he will meet the Mayors of Auckland and Whangarei, as well as taking part in a round table discussions with the Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In Wellington, he will meet the Minister for External Trade, Minister for Environment and Minister for Economic Development among others, and attend an England vs New Zealand cricket match at Westpac stadium.

The Minister has met the Governor General Sir Frank Kabui, and the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Hon. Rick Houenipwela to discuss trade and the UK-Solomon Islands bilateral relationship post-Brexit.