Melanesian Spearhead Group Workers Scheme Moving Ahead

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Workshop discusses details of Skills Movement Scheme

By Sheenal Sharma

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Dec. 3, 2012) – Workers under the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Skills Movement Scheme (SMS) will be given MSG cards to facilitate their movement within the region.

This was revealed at the first national workshop on the MSG Skills Movement Scheme (SMS) in Suva.

Acting chief economist at the Ministry of Industry and Trade Sekove Tamanitoakula said the MSG cards would be linked to the SMS.

Mr Tamanitoakula said having MSG cards for the workers was something the members — Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji— were exploring.

"The sub-committee has been tasked by the senior officials to explore the possibility of using MSG cards," he said.

He said each country had listed a number of areas they had identified that they needed workers.

Mr Tamanitoakula said Fiji was 90 per cent ready to facilitate the movement of people. "We also need to make sure that other members of the MSG are ready," he said. "The scheme will start as soon as two countries are ready to exchange workers."

Mr Tamanitoakula said PNG would be the first country that Fiji would send workers to. He said Fiji would propose another workshop at a regional level to facilitate the implementation of the scheme.

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