SI-PNG signs milestone Biosecurity MoU
The recently concluded Joint Border Committee (JBC) in Gizo, Western Province has acknowledged the signing of a milestone Biosecurity Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) between Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea in Honiara on August 27.
The signing of the MoU between Biosecurity SI (BSI) and PNG National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority (NAQIA) is a milestone achievement made by both agencies.
Both countries look forward to strengthening their cooperation in addressing biosecurity issues through operationalization of the recently signed Biosecurity MoU.
Meanwhile, PNG has shared its experiences in conducting a baseline survey with Australia.
The Solomon Islands Co-Chair, Collin Beck acknowledged PNG for sharing information on the baseline studies conducted in its waters.
He also informed the meeting that the Government of Solomon Islands has planned to update its maritime charts, taking into account the changes made to the baseline caused by tectonic shifts and climate dynamics.
On Maritime Issues, the meeting recognized the need to jointly address maritime related issues concerning both countries. In this regard, the PNG National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) proposed to enter into a MoU with the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Authority (SIMSA).
Solomon Islands welcomed the proposal and looks forward to working closely with PNG to conclude this arrangement.
Solomon Islands acknowledged the support and cooperation it receives from PNG NMSA.
Solomon Islands further informed that it will begin safety training for small craft owners and operators in September 2019, and will work on the registration and monitoring of boats crossing the border to reciprocate what PNG NMSA is doing under their Small Craft Act.