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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Solomon Islander commences six month attachment with Pacific Islands Forum WTO Delegation Office in Geneva

A recent development studies graduate from the University of the South Pacific and senior government official in the Solomon Islands Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr George Dan Hoa'au [pictured third from left], will commence a six month stint with the Pacific Islands Forum World Trade Organisation (WTO) Delegation Office in Geneva, Switzerland tomorrow.

Mr George Hoa'au who hails from South Malaita was the former Assistant Secretary of the Asia and Pacific Branch in the Solomons Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before his departure to Geneva. He is being replaced by Mr John Walton Wasi along with Desk Officer Fiona Indu.

Mr Hoa'au's six month attachment with the Pacific Islands Forum WTO Delegation Office in Geneva will begin from tomorrow (April 11) and end October 10 2007.

It is also understood that Mr Hoa'au was a participant in the 36th WTO Trade Policy Course which was conducted in Geneva from January 16th to April 7th last year as the only Solomon Islands government official. The overall objective of that three months course was to widen participants' understanding of trade policy matters, the multilateral trading system, international trade law and the functioning of the WTO.

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