Canadian envoy calls in on PM Hou

CANADIAN Ambassador to Solomon Islands His Excellency Paul Maddison has paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela.

During the short meeting, Mr Maddison briefed the Prime Minister on Canada’s Labour Mobility Programme which Guadalcanal province is currently enjoying.

Maddison also informed the Prime Minister that apart from Guadalcanal province, Canada is also offering to extend the partnership through the CITREC programme to other provinces as well.

“Canada embraces the people to people relationship and we would like to enhance this further through this partnership also with other provinces,” he said.

The Canadian Ambassador also informed the Prime Minister of the Canadian government’s development strategy in the Pacific; one of which is empowering women in the rural areas through different sectors as well as through funding.

And one of which is in the agriculture sector through the export of local ginger to Canada.

Prime Minister Hou in response, welcomed and acknowledged the friendship shared between the two countries.

The Prime Minister also acknowledged the Canadian Government’s CITREC programme as well as their initiative to help empower women in the Solomon Islands.

“Empowering women and girls for equal participation in our society is an important aspect in the development of our human resources and equality,” he said.

Therefore, the Prime Minister has welcomed and given his full support for this initiative.


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