First Solomons’ Seasonal Workers Head To Australia

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First Solomons’ Seasonal Workers Head To Australia Group urged to be ‘good ambassadors of Solomon Islands’

By Jennifer Kakai

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Nov. 30, 2012) – The first Solomon Islanders to work under the Australian Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) will leave today.

The three are part of a group of 10 traveling engaged by local recruitment agent Tribal Trading Agency.

The Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Australia December last year, paving the way for local workers to be engaged on farms in Australia.

The workers will be Australia for six months, working in Hobart under Agricultural Contracting Australia PTY Ltd.

Speaking during the pre departure briefing, Director of Trade Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Jack Ooi briefed workers on what is expected from them while in Australia.

Mr Ooi told workers that during their time in Australia they must be responsible and know that they are the country’s ambassadors.

He said workers must abide by the laws of Australia.

"Be proud of yourself as good ambassadors of Solomon Islands."

Mr Ooi told the workers to have aims and goals.

"If you don’t set goals, you will achieve nothing on your return."

Senior Trade officer Ezekiel Parairae during the briefing said workers must make sure they work to the expected standard.

Mr Parairae said quality performance and productivity will set positive image of the country and open opportunity for more to be recruited in the future.

The other members of the group are expected to leave next week.

Tribal Trading Agency is managed by Jeremy Rua.

Other local agents will recruit later.

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