India-Solomon Islands Bilateral Relations
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Political relations

Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in May, 1987. Solomon Islands established its Honorary Consulate in New Delhi in 2003. Solomon Islands’ relations with India are friendly. Political interaction between the two countries is very comprehensive in multilateral/international fora.

Visits to India from Solomon Islands

The Foreign Minister of Solomon Islands, Hon. Mr. Laurie H. Chan visited New Delhi from 17th to 20th January 2005. He had discussions with External Affairs Minister, Minister for Human Resource Development, Minister of State for Information Technology, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Solomon Islands, Hon. Mr. Peter Shanel Agovaka, attended the Ministerial meeting on ‘Harnessing the Positive Contribution of South-South Cooperation for Development of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), held in New Delhi on 18-19 February, 2011. 

A five-member delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Home Affairs of Solomon Islands, Hon. Mr. Douglas Ete participated in the 2nd FIPIC summit held  in Jaipur in August 2015.

Mr.Joseph Atkin Tada,  Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & External Trade of Solomon Islands, participated in the Distinguished Visitors Programme, organized by ICCR for 14 Pacific Island Countries, in February 2016.

Visits to Solomon Islands from India

Mr.Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, visited Solomon Islands, in October  2016.  This was the first ever Ministerial visit to the country from India,   during which he called on the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, H.E.Mr. Manasseh Sogavare, and also met the Power & Mines Minister, community and met Hon’ble Prime Minister, as well as interacted with the Indian community.  India offered the support of energy efficient LED bulbs and renewable energy in the form of solar lighting to the country. Hon’ble Minister also showcased various ways India can aid Solomon Islands in the areas of IT skill development, healthcare etc.

Commercial Relations

Solomon Islands has a small economy, mainly dependent on foreign aid. Bilateral trade with Solomon Islands is insignificant. During 2016-17, the bilateral trade stood at US$ 56.27 million.

Capacity Building

India has been offering assistance to Solomon Islands by allocating training slots each year in diverse fields under the ITEC programme.   However,  Solomon Islands side has not been able to fully utilize the slots offered.  India offered assistance for establishment of a Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) in Solomon Islands, which is under consideration with the Government of Solomon Islands.

Humanitarian Aid

Consequent upon the Tsunami which struck Solomon Islands on April 2, 2007,  the Government of India provided an amount of  US$100,000  as India’s assistance for relief and rehabilitation of the Tsunami victims.  As part of Government of India’s Regional Assistance Initiatives for Pacific Island countries, India offers an annual grant-in-aid of US$ 200,000 every year  for development projects in Solomon Islands. 

Indian Community

There are presently about 35 Indian passport holders in the country, mainly engaged in  hospitality sector, missionary work, UN organizations and petty trade.  (After the coup of May 2000, five Indian families were evacuated from Honiara on an Australian ship, these families later returned to Solomon Islands following the signing of the Townsville Peace Agreement).

April 2018