MSG skills movement scheme underway in Honiara

The Melanesian Spearhead Group second implementation meeting of the Skills Movement Scheme is underway in Honiara.

Members of the MSG Subcommittee: Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are attending the meeting.

Speaking at the official opening of the meeting, Foreign Affairs and External Trade Permanent Secretary, Joy Kere, said the subcommittee had laid groundwork for implementing the SMS from their August meeting this year.

Kere said this was done through identification of the roles and tasks of key agencies such as immigration and labour and the education or national qualification institutions in facilitating the movement of skilled MSG nationals.

She says the meeting will consolidate this work to ensure appropriate measures guiding the scheme are met.

She said since SMS involved skilled people, the meeting will also be considering options for mutual recognition of qualifications to facilitate movement under the scheme.