|Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS)||2009|
Together with domestic stakeholders and development partners, EIF is supporting the Solomon Islands to prioritize their trade‑related needs. The first National Trade and Policy Framework was developed and launched in 2015, and through targeted sector support, the Government of Solomon Islands has been able to leverage EIF funding to secure additional resources from regional and international partners to support its trade policy framework.
Donors have funded seven projects worth a combined total of US$12 million related to trade priorities in the Solomon Islands as identified by EIF.
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 Draft Institutional Capacity Development Plan for the EIF National Implementation Unit (NIU) was developed in 2017 and is being incorporated into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) Staff Development plan.
- MFAET supported the donor-round table in appealing to the in-country donors for support in constructing the Handicraft Centre in March 2017, with the participation of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC), and the Ministry of Women Youth and Children Affairs, resulting in Taiwan’s commitment to fund the remaining amount needed.
- The Government and Development Partners (DPs) held a round table discussion in June 2017. Information from DPs and line Ministries is actively shared through the excel database of the Aid Coordination Unit/MDPAC.
- The NIU/DET held discussions with Customs in May 2017 on operations and potential improvements for the National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC).
- Private sector national consultation on the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus by Australia and New Zealand involving NTDC private sector and civil society representatives was held in March 2017. Private sector and Civil Society representatives also participated in the PACER Plus non-state actors dialogue in Vanuatu in May 2017.
- The NIU/DET in collaboration with the International Trade Centre organized a Private sector sensitization workshop on Trade Facilitation Agreement for Government and private sector representatives in the NTDC responsible for Trade facilitation in April 2017.
- Solomon Island officials from the Solomon Islands Central Bank, National Statistic office, Customs and Excise Division as well as the NIU M&E officer attended a two-week Trade data peer-learning funded by EU and arranged by Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat with Fiji trade and statistics counterparts from 20 February to 3 March 2017 aiming to address key recommendation of the TPR, exchanging experiences and best practices on trade data collection, analysis and management processes and procedures.
- NIU staff have participated in a number of trainings, including the two-week Regional Training Workshop on Trade, Fisheries and Investment appraisal organized by Forum Fisheries Agency from 20 February to 3 March 2017; the non-communicable diseases multi-sectoral Planning workshop organized by WHO in June 2017 to finalize the Solomon Islands non-communicable diseases Strategy; and also participated in the Global Aid for Trade review in July 2017 with a representative from MDPAC.
- 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.
- 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.
Enhancing trade – Tourism
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.
- The Solomon Islands National Tourism Development Strategy (SINTDS 2015-19) was launched in May 2015. The revised policy sets the overall platform and direction on how to sustainably develop the tourism industry so that it becomes a significant driver of economic growth.
- In order to improve industry coordination and cooperation through a well-established national Tourism Industry Association, the Solomon Islands Tourism Industry Council (SITC) started to register its member operators and associations in 2016 and held its first ever open day in Honiara to showcase its members’ tourist products in June 2016.
- The project is providing 3-5 grants annually to innovative ecotourism projects. The first four recipients (including 3 women) received their cheques in September 2015. 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 Solomon Islands Visitors Guide 2015-16, which includes maps, accommodation listings and suggested activities, was published in both hard copies and online.
- In the build-up to the inaugural Solomon Airlines Sydney-Honiara service, meetings were held with trade representatives in cities across Australia and (B2B) appointments in Australia.
- 19 tourism operators attended a book-keeping training in the provincial town of Gizo in 2015. This training enabled local operators in that area to acquire the skills and knowledge in proper book keeping management ensuring successful operations of their businesses.
- New tracking software has increased the Tourism Department's research and information sharing capacities.
- The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau (SIVB) is now marketing small-medium operators through its online portal, which is significant because most SME tourism operators had not previously been marketed online. This has been enabled through the mapping of the whole tourism value chain, making it available online, for the very first time, as a marketing and research tool. This helps to connect sellers to consumers online, including women in rural areas.
- A workshop for 15 chefs to encourage the use of local cuisines in their restaurants has been facilitated by SIVB and Department of Tourism. This will help develop linkages between agricultural producers and tourism operators.
- The School of Tourism and Hospitality at the Solomon Islands National University is offering a variety of Certificates and other educational opportunities, including in internships at hotels, field trips, practicums and guest lecture sessions. The first group of 24 students (16 women and 8 men) successfully completed the Certificate in Travel and Tourism, and another 15 students (12 women and 3 men) completed the Certificate in Hospitality.
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Solomon Islands Action Matrix (2009)English
Solomon Islands Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) (2009)English
Solomon Islands EIF Newsletter Vol. 2 (July-Sept. 2013)English
Solomon Islands EIF Newsletter Vol. 3 (Jan.-March 2014)English
Solomon Islands EIF Newsletter Vol. 4 (April-June 2014)English
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Solomon Islands Trade Policy Framework Statement (2015)English
Solomon Islands Trade Policy Framework (2015)English
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EIF Public Forum: Gender session (2016)English French
Solomon Islands eTrade Readiness Assessment Infographic (2018)English
Solomon Islands Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment (2018)English
EIF-NIU Coordinator External Trade Department MFAET
Abdoul Aziz MBAYE
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