France and Solomon islands

France and Solomon Islands

Although our trade is limited, we are conducting cooperation actions, mainly via institutions established in New Caledonia, including the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (French Research Institute for Development, IRD).

Along with Australia and New Zealand, 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.

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).

Our cultural cooperation is limited. It is basically focused on the excavations conducted on Vanikoro Island (second mission conducted from September to October 2008) and the preservation of shipwrecks of the La Pérouse expedition (the exhibition at the Musée de la Marine in Paris in 2008). From 2013 to 2016, the Pacific Fund financed the implementation of the regional seismic network ORSNET that the islands could use.

Updated: 09/06/2017