Solomon Islands and Indonesia signed development agreement

The Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Manele and his Indonesian counterpart Ibu Retno Marsudi, signed a developed treaty, which the Hon. Manele said aims to “strength the relationship of the two country.” According to Solomon Star News online, the agreement was signed between to the two countries on December 6th, 2017, in Bali, Indonesia.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Jeremiah Manele and his Indonesian counterpart Ibu Retno Marsudi signed the Development Cooperation Framework Agreement between Solomon Islands and Indonesia on Friday 6th December in Bali.
Speaking to the media after the historical signing, Minister Manele expressed appreciation for the partnership between Solomon Islands and Indonesia and said “this will encourage more cooperation between our two Countries”.
Minister Manele ascertained that this agreement will establish foundation for more engagements in trade and investment promotion, women empowerment, marine and fisheries development, agriculture, climate change and sustainable forest management, tourism, education and human resources development, investment in products, public diplomacy, youth and sport cooperation and people to people cooperation between the two countries.
The same occasion also witnessed the signing of the grant agreement for the construction of a multipurpose Futsal stadium for the 2023 Pacific Games.
The grant agreement was signed by the Solomon Islands Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia Salana Kalu and witnessed by Minister Manele.
The signing ceremony took place at the margin of the 12th Bali Democracy Forum where Minister Manele was attending. (SSN)

Solomon Islands has always been a supporter of West Papua in the past and instrumental in the su pport for the inclusion of West Ppaua in the Melanesian Spearhead Group during SI’s prime mister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare’s tenure as head of the MSG. Today, however, the support has taken a softer tone and continues to diwndle as Indonesia engages in economic development push in Melanesia in exchnage for recognition of Indonesian soevereignty over West Papua.