France and Solomon islands
France and Solomon Islands
Our relations with the Solomon Islands remain at modest levels. Although our trade is limited, cooperation actions are increasing sporadically, mainly via institutions established in New Caledonia, including the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD, French Research Institute for Development).
The Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Solomon Islands, Mr William Haomae, took part in the 3rd France-Oceania Summit in Nouméa on 31 July 2009 and the Prime Minister, Mr Gordon Darcy Lilo, travelled to Nouméa for the Oceania 21 Summit in 2014. The Solomon Islands were represented by their Ambassador to the United Nations at the 4th France-Oceania Summit in Paris on 30 November 2015.
Along with Australia and New Zealand in particular, France is contributing to maritime surveillance, the fight against illegal fishing and post natural-disaster management in the region from its base in New Caledonia.
The French Ambassador in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, is accredited to the Solomon Islands. France has an Honorary Consul in Honiara.
French businesses have a growing presence in the Solomon Islands with the activities of Pacific Islands Energy (energy), Kacific and Alcatel (telecommunications) and BRED (banking).
Updated: 25 August 2016