Task force to review ties leave today - Solomon Star News

Task force to review ties leave today

05 August 2019
Chairman of the Task force John Moffat Fugui.

GOVERNMENT’s task force to review the China-Taiwan relations will leave today for their second leg of tour to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and then onto Beijing, China.

The group will be led by Chairman of the Task force John Moffat Fugui.

Members of the task force include: Jamie Vokia, Rex Ramofafia, Amoi Chachabule, Rolland Seleso and Titus Fika.

Two officials who will also form part of the delegation are Bernard Bata’anisia, consultant to the Task force and McFadden Arounisaka, an official from Prime Ministers Office (PMO).

The group has completed its first leg of Pacific tour from June 25 to July 20 to Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa.

During the Pacific tour they held meetings with Deputy Prime Ministers, senior Government Ministers, top Government officials, community groups and other stakeholders. They also visited some of the projects funded by China.

The trip has been endorsed by Cabinet in June.

The group will spend a week in PNG talking to Government officials and other stakeholders before heading off to China.

While in PNG they will also visit some of the projects funded by China and look at how Beijing has supported PNG over the years.

Upon their return the group will compile a report and then submit it to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet at the end of the month.

Based on the report Government will then decide on the next step in terms of its future relations with Taiwan and China.

Solomon Islands has diplomatic ties with Taipei for over 36 years now.

Since the new Government came into power it has agreed to review its ties with Tapei.