The newly accredited non-resident Ambassador of Ireland to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Mr Tim Mawe paid a courtesy visit to the Supervising Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Peter Shanel Agovaka Thursday (5th October 2023).
In receiving the new Ambassador, Supervising Minister MFAET Minister Hon. Peter Shanel Agovaka welcomed and congratulated H.E Tim Mawe on his new appointment as Ambassador of Ireland to Solomon Islands with residence in Canberra, Australia.
Minister Shanel touched on areas of similarities including challenges to address climate change and maritime issues, vulnerabilities to environmental impacts as well as shared development aspirations such as sustainable development, renewable energy, education etc.
He expressed Solomon Islands interest in the possibility of expanding the scope of Ireland-SI cooperation in areas on trade, tourism, sports as well in the sectors of renewable energy and mitigation, particularly targeting rural communities.
The bulk of Ireland’s engagement and development assistance to Solomon Islands is channelled through the multilateral and regional mechanisms, more specifically through the European Union’s Apparatus and their Strategy for Partnership with Small Island Developing States.
On trade relations, Solomon Islands currently has preferential market access to Ireland and through the EU-Pacific interim Economic Partnership Agreement.
Minister Shanel also took time to acknowledges Ireland’s cooperation with Pacific countries including Solomon Islands, through its Strategy for Partnership with Small Island Developing States.
He also acknowledged and thank Ireland’s role in assisting the people of Solomon Islands through its contribution to the European Development Fund under the Cotonou Agreement. Under the EDF 11, a number of programmes are still ongoing and benefitting the rural populace, especially in the environmental and health sectors.
Minister Shanel assures His Excellency, Mr Mawe that the Solomon Islands government will give continuous support during his tenure as the Ambassador of Ireland to Solomon Islands.
Solomon Islands and Ireland established diplomatic relations in March 2009 with the latter’s Embassy in Canberra accredited to Solomon Islands.