Mr Sikua’s appointment has been made with the approval of the Public Service Commission.
Sikua replaces Robert Sisilo who had been Permanent Secretary to that Ministry.
Sikua takes up the position after previously serving as one of the two Deputy Commissioners
in the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.
his experience as a police officer and in recent years as a senior member of
the executive of the RSIPF, as well as being closely involved in the planning
and implementation of the transition of RAMSI programs in the RSIPF, Mr Sikua’s
appointment will provide the leadership required in the Ministry to drive the
reforms that the government wants to see happening in the RSIPF and the
Correctional Services during this period of transition in the RAMSI program to
the RSIPF and the ongoing program in the rebuilding of the RSIPF and CSSI and
beyond,” Mr Folotalu said.
a result of the move, Mr Sisilo has been the task of Solomon Islands Trade
will be based in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade.
acting Prime Minister said the appointment of Mr Sisilo as a Trade Negotiation
Envoy amongst others is to enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and External Trade to promote and advance Solomon Islands external
trade issues, improve bilateral and multilateral trade arrangements with
existing and potential trading partners of Solomon Islands in seeking to foster
mutually beneficial relations with overseas markets.
Folotalu said Government policy priorities and trade programs that need to be
advanced by the Trade Negotiations Envoy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and External Trade include (but not limited to), Pacific Agreement on closer
Economic Relations (PACER)/PACER PLUS, Pacific Islands Countries Trade
Agreement (PICTA)’ Labor Mobility schemes commencing with New Zealand and
Australia, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU, and the US
“These are important policy priorities and trade programs of the Government, which Mr Sisilo with his vast experience is expected to implement for the Government”, Mr Folotalu has said.
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