22 Apr 2013

Labour mobility seen as central to Pacific regional integration

6:11 pm on 22 April 2013

The chief executive of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce is calling for the region to make it easier for workers to fill labour shortages in neighbouring countries.

Jerry Maiki Tengemoana made the suggestion during last week's meeting with the Pacific Plan Review Team in Honiara.

He says Solomon Islands is faced with a shortage of skilled labour, like many other island nations, and has seen a lot of Fiji and PNG nationals, for instance, fill the gap in various sectors.

Mr Tengemoana says there is a need to up-skill his country's own people but he asked if there could also be ways of facilitating regional labour mobility, not only from closer neighbours, but the rest of the region.

The Pacific Plan Review team is this week conducting national consultations in Papua New Guinea.