HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, July 28) - Speaking at the opening of the meeting this morning, Minister for Commerce, Employment and Trade Trevor Olavae said the Melanesian countries are at the crossroad and need to look at ways in which the MSG Agreements can take them further.

He admitted that after the signing of the MSG Trade Agreement, trade between MSG member countries have increased drastically except Solomon islands which experienced a down turn in trade.

He said the reason for the decreased trade was due to the ethnic tension, which saw the closure of many of the industries the Solomon Islands had depended on for trade among MSG member countries.

Olavae said the MSG Trade Agreement if used properly can assist the Melanesian bloc because of the goods traded among them and the population it has which is more than ninety percent of the Pacific region.

The two-day meeting, which started today is being held at the Forum Fisheries Conference Centre and was attended by all MSG member countries.

July 29, 2003

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