- DTIS update
- WTO accession
Alongside domestic stakeholders and development partners, the EIF has supported the Solomon Islands in prioritizing and addressing their trade‑related needs. Notably, the first National Trade and Policy Framework was developed and launched in 2015. In addition to targeted sector support, the Government of Solomon Islands has been able to leverage EIF funding to secure additional support from regional and international partners to support its trade policy framework formulation. Donors have funded seven projects worth a combined total of US$12 million related to trade priorities identified by the EIF.
Institutional capacity-building project
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The purpose of the project is to address trade constraints through specific mainstreaming projects in line with the implementation of the National Trade Policy Framework.
- The first National Trade Policy Framework was developed and launched in March 2015.
- Incorporated trade into the National Development Strategy 2011-2020.
- Incorporated trade into the sector strategies for agriculture, tourism and fishing, and commerce.
- The EIF National Implementation Unit supported the Solomon Islands Women in Business to participate in the Digicel Women in Business Expo in Papua New Guinea. This helped the women to network with relevant organizations and to access new markets, both domestically and internationally.
- 3 National Implementation Unit staff have been integrated into the Department of External Trade.
- A National Trade Facilitation Committee was created and endorsed by the National Trade Development Council to coordinate on trade facilitation issues and implement the provisions of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation.
Trade Development/Sector Support: Solomon Islands Tourism for Inclusive Development
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The tourism project aims to promote Solomon Islands as a distinct visitors’ destination in the Pacific region. The goal is to improve collaboration between line ministries, the private sector, tourism operators and NGOs.
- Provincial consultations with tourism stakeholders were carried out to review tourism legislation and regulation, and this has included the participation of women entrepreneurs and youth to discuss ways to overcome the challenges they face, including the lack of market places.
- Has provided four grants to innovative eco-tourism entrepreneurs, three of whom are women. These women working with grassroots organizations are engaged at both the low end of the tourism value chain (producing for hotels and airlines) and the high end (selling handicrafts to tourists).Policy initiatives and strategies have been adopted to increase the participation of women and youth in the tourism sector in order to decrease poverty in rural communities. Currently, women entrepreneurs are key stakeholders and actively represented through the Solomon Islands Women in Business Association in the tourism project technical working group, together with Donors like the European Union.
- The project has also facilitated the mapping of the whole tourism value chain and made it available online, for the very first time, as a marketing and research tool. This will assist in connecting sellers to consumers online, including women in rural areas.
- Completed the Solomon Islands Visitors Guide, including maps, accommodation listings and suggested activities.
- 38 students enrolled under the Certificate Tourism and Travel Program at the Solomon Islands National University participated in internships at hotels, field trips and practicums.
- 19 tourism operators attended a bookkeeping training enabling local operators to acquire the skills and knowledge in proper bookkeeping management.
- Access to new tracking software increased the Tourism Department’s research and information sharing capacities.
- The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau is now marketing small and medium operators through its online portal.
Solomon Islands Action Matrix 2009English
Aide-Mémoire Preparatory MissionEnglish
Solomon Islands Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) 2009English
Solomon Islands EIF NewsletterEnglish
Solomon Islands Newsletter, 3rd EditionEnglish
Country Case Studies - EIF TFM ReviewEnglish
Solomon Islands Newsletter, 4th EditionEnglish
Solomon Islands Annual Progress Report 2013English
Solomon Islands Trade Policy Framework Statement 2015English
Solomon Islands Trade Policy Framework 2015English
Solomon Islands Newsletter March 2016English
EIF Public Forum Gender sessionEnglish French
Chief Trade Officer
Assistant Coordinator Accounts and Administration
Accounts and Admin Officer
Shiv Raj Bhatt
EIF Technical Advisor
Donor Facilitator, Delegation of European Union to Solomon Islands
MFAET Deputy Secretary, Multilateral and Trade
EIF-NIU Coordinator External Trade Department MFAET