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Friday, August 01, 2008

Solomon Islands and Taiwan finalising labour scheme

Unskilled workers from Solomon Islands could soon be working in Taiwan under a new labour scheme between the two countries.

The Taiwanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands, George Chen says an agreement on the terms and conditions of the labour scheme is now being worked out. He says the two governments will sign an agreement on the labour scheme, but it will be implemented by private interests.

Chen stated that Taiwan had been importing labours from the Southeast Asia countries and since Solomon Islands is our staunch ally in the Pacific we also propose that scheme over to Solomon Islands. So we need to sign the MOU between our two countries at the government level, then both sides were to talk to the relevant local company or agent who is interested in implementing this project to talk to each other and to work out the details. So what the government should do now is to finalise the MOU details.

Unskilled labourers from the Solomon Islands are likely to be recruited in the fields of construction and in the services sector like maids, hospital helpers and so forth.

Chen added that depending on the agents discussions, maybe from the beginning we can import 50 or 100 or 200, it depends on the market demand.

Source: Radio Australia

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