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Trade Data Work will strengthen cooperation: Ali

Trade Data Work will strengthen cooperation: Ali
Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Shaheen Ali (5th from right), Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji, Patteson John Oti (4th from right) at the opening of the first Peer Learning Work Programme on Trade Data held at Civic Towers in Suva yesterday.
February 21
11:46 2017

The delegation from Solomon Islands includes representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Central Bank of Solomon Islands, and Ministry of Finance and Treasury

 

trade Data Peer Learning will strengthen cooperation, avail easier information sharing and also help in capacity building between Fiji and Solomon Islands.

These were the sentiments echoed by permanent secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Shaheen Ali, while welcoming Solomon Islands delegates.

Mr Ali said the two island nations would be able to exchange information and knowledge in the area of trade data.

He also said the workshop was aimed at improving trade processes and procedures amongst the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

“This peer learning is setting the platform for deeper integration amongst the MSG countries,” Mr Ali said.

“We will be able to align systems and processes amongst the MSG countries starting with trade data.”

He added this would allow for greater coherence.

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji Patteson John Oti, said trade was important for both our countries.

“Fiji and Solomon Islands have taken the lead to ensure that we have good trading relationship which is very important,” Mr Oti said.

He said trade data sharing would definitely bring about positivity in areas of trade.

“Expanding our trade data will allow us to effectively analyse and scrutinise our trade policies to target better outcomes especially for our private sector,” he said.

“Solomon Islands Trade Policy Framework highlights the need to improve our trade data processes at this peer learning work programme, which is a first for the two countries.

“Solomon Islands will be in a put in practice all that has been learnt over the coming two weeks and be able to identify places where further support is needed.”

The programme is facilitated by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

The delegation from Solomon Islands includes representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Central Bank of Solomon Islands, and Ministry of Finance and Treasury.

The Peer Learning Work Programme on Trade Data for Solomon Islands Officials started yesterday at Civic Towers in Suva yesterday and will finish after two weeks.

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