INTER-MINISTRY COMMITTEE ENDORSED TO READY A.S.A NEGOTIATIONS

Honourable Commins Aston Mewa, Minister for Communication and Aviation and MP for Temotu Pele. Photo credit: GCU.

Honourable Commins Aston Mewa, Minister for Communication and Aviation and MP for Temotu Pele. Photo credit: GCU.

Cabinet has endorsed an Inter-Ministry Committee to prepare Solomon Islands’ negotiations with Fiji on a new Air Service Agreement (ASA) in the coming weeks.

The committee comprises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Attorney General’s Chamber, the Office of the Prime Minister, Solomon Airlines and the Ministry of Communication and Aviation.

It was endorsed since the suspension of flights between Fiji and Solomon Islands was temporarily lifted.

Speaking during his sine die motion last Wednesday, Minister of Communication and Aviation Commins Mewa said the committee’s task is to prepare Solomon Islands’ position to enter into negotiations with Fiji on a new air service agreement.

“The committee has started to prepare Solomon Islands’ position to enter into negotiations with Fiji in the coming weeks, on a new Air Service Agreement.”

The Aviation Minister assured Parliament that Solomon Islands will aggressively pursue a fair ASA between Solomon Islands and Fiji.

“I must assure this House Mr. Speaker that Solomon Islands will aggressively seek a fair and reciprocal ASA with Fiji to ensure that air services between Solomon Islands and Fiji will be on a win-win situation and not on an unfair trend as in the past.”

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