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Fiji participates in Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting

October 15, 2018 11:03 pm

Fijian officials participated in the Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, last week.

Labour mobility, where Pacific workers travel to Australia and New Zealand to fill critical labour shortages, is transforming both sending and receiving countries.

Deputy Secretary Vilimone Baledrokadroka, from the Ministry of Employment Productivity and Industrial Relations, led the delegation.

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It was the first time the annual meeting was hosted by a Pacific Island nation, and the Solomon Islands’ Government has done an excellent job bringing together over 150 delegates from across the region to accelerate labour mobility programs.

Over three days, senior officials, employers of seasonal workers in New Zealand and Australia, employee agents, media and academics considered how the region can work together to maximise the benefits of labour mobility programs.

The meeting was formally opened by Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Rick Houenipwela, who mapped out an ambitious agenda for labour mobility across the region.

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