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Foreign Affairs Minister Milner Tozaka has confirmed the Solomon Islands Government’s interest to engage in labour mobility opportunities with Canada.

A statement from the Foreign Affairs and External Trade quoted Minister Tozaka as saying plans are underway for Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to make a historical visit to Canada and hold talks on a number of important bilateral issues including labour mobility arrangements, clean energy and also to seek export opportunities for the people of Solomon Islands.

Minister Tozaka expressed these commitments at a recent meeting in Honiara with the visiting Chair of the Canadian International Training and Education (CITREC) and Solomon Islands Honorary Consul General Ashwant Dwivedi.

Mr Tozaka said Canada is considered a strong partner and they strongly believe that there is an opportunity in Canada that the government can take advantage of not limited to labour mobility.

Meanwhile, Mr Dwivedi met Prime Minister Sogavare who welcomed the opportunity with Canada, saying as members of the commonwealth, both countries share strong partnerships and he further looks forward to his proposed visit to Canada.


Job Ready !

CANADIAN businesses will see more Solomon Islanders in their hotel and tourism industry after it was announced that 7 more Guadalcanal CITREC graduates would be making their way to Canada to be employed by a major international hotel chain when the seasonal worker hiring begins early next year.

Canadian International Training & Education Corp Chairman Ashwant Dwivedi told Canadian media during a conference that a major international hotel chain has decided to hire 7 more of the Guadalcanal CITREC graduates on an ongoing basis for the next five years.

The international hotel chain has asked that its details not be released allowing government process being completed in a fair manner.

“The employer has already started the process with the Canadian government making an application to seek approval of the Canadian government to hire 7 more of the CITREC-GP graduates. Once the Government of Canada has made its determination those shortlisted GP graduates will be confirmed to their appointment and the hiring process will begin.” Chairman Dwivedi said.

“This is the same process the two current GP graduates underwent who are employed in Canada. We want to ensure that the contract that the Canadian hotel chain offers to GP graduates meets or exceeds Canadian labour laws. Especially in area of salary, compensation and other associated benefits. Therefore it is very important that Government of Canada through its Ministry of Labour is a party to the contract. This binds and protects the rights of the employer and employee,” Chairman Dwivedi said.

“Once again let me tell the nation that Canada does not discriminate salary and compensation it will offer for its citizens and that which is offered to a seasonal worker. However we want to ensure that this policy and principle is well binding between all parties,” Chairman Dwivedi said.

Chairman Dwivedi said that there is significant interest from many other, Canadian Provinces to be part of the hiring process of CITREC-GP graduates.

He said that as this employment is with a major international hotel chain, selected students will be given a pre-departure course of few weeks to make themselves familiar with the hotel procedures which includes and is not limited to service standards which is part of the hotel chains internal human resource arrangement.

“I can confirm that CITREC is in negotiation with 2 more Canadian Provinces who wish to hire GP graduates. We are hoping to conclude an agreement in the coming weeks and we remain hopeful of making an announcement on our achievement.”

In June of this year 2 GP CITREC graduates have entered the Canadian job market working in the restaurant industry as kitchen helpers. Their seasonal employment is between 2-4 months.

In October of last year a high-powered Guadalcanal Government delegation visited Canada and entered into a Labour Mobility Agreement with Province of Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan is Canada’s Oil and Grain rich province which employs thousands of foreign workers.

The Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Minister responsible for Immigration, jobs, skills and Training signed on the dotted line on behalf of the Saskatchewan Government witnessing the agreement between CITREC, Guadalcanal Government and Saskatchewan Hospitality sector.

Kwantlen University, CITREC Sign MoU


Kwantlen’s President and Vice-Chancellor John McKendry (L) and CITREC CEO Ashwant Dwivedi signed the MoU in a ceremony last week.

Canada’s Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Canadian International Training & Education Corp. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that opens doors for introduction of Canadian Education in the Solomon Islands.

Kwantlen’s President and Vice-Chancellor John McKendry and CITREC CEO Ashwant Dwivedi signed the MoU in a ceremony last week.

In partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, CITREC will carry out an academic feasibility study in the Solomon Islands that will assist both parties in consultation with the Solomon Islands government to identify academic programs which can be offered.

“This is the first partnership between Kwantlen and Citrec, and we are excited about  the opportunities it will provide to students of the Solomon Islands” said Kwantlen President John McKendry.

CITREC CEO Mr. Dwivedi welcomed the partnership saying Kwantlen’s presence in the Solomon Islands will help build educational bi-lateral relations between both Canada and the Solomon Islands.

“  When you take a Country’s education to another Country, it is not only the curriculum that is imparted but also values, tradition and opportunities to those citizens of that country,” Mr. Dwivedi said.

Mr. Dwivedi said that through the establishment of a Canadian program students are presented with the opportunity to study in their home country and obtain Canadian credentials.

The Government of the Solomon Islands and the Canadian International Training & Education Corp. (CITREC) have an agreement that will see Canadian certificate, diploma and degree programs being offered in the Solomon Islands. As part of its partnership with CITREC, Solomon Islands will also include the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) emerit tourism program to be offered in a classroom setting.

Solomon Islands Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for Human Resources Hon. Dick Ha’amori has signed the agreement on behalf of the Solomon Islands government following Cabinet endorsement.

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Honourable Danny Philip has welcomed Canadian  Educational Institutions to come into the country to provide Canadian Education to Solomon Islanders.

“This opportunity will provide internationally recognized qualifications at an affordable cost to the locals,” Prime Minister Philip said in a media statement.

Prime Minister Philip further added that with the Canadian qualifications Solomon Islanders have improved chances to compete in overseas job markets especially in Canada where such opportunities are known to exist.

Early this year, a senior ministerial delegation visited Canada in order to strengthen ties between the two countries. The delegation included Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Peter Shanel Agovaka and Education Minister Ha’amori.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University was among one of the Universities that was visited by the Ministerial delegation. The visit was facilitated by CITREC.


CITREC CEO Welcomed in Alberta Legislature

The President and Chief Executive officer of CITREC, Mr. Ashwant Dwivedi was given a warm welcome into the Alberta Legislature by the  Minister of Agricultural and Rural Development Hon. Jack Hayden. Mr Dwivedi met with senior Alberta government officials to discuss education opportunities. CITREC will be entering education and training partnership with Alberta based university  and colleges to export Canadian education into foreign countries.

Read more by visiting the Alberta Hansard report.

Official Ministerial Visit by the Government of Solomon Islands to British Columbia, Canada

Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Peter Agovaka (R) with The Honourable Steven L. Point, OBC Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.  This was the first ever  senior ministerial delegation which has visited Canada since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and the Solomons Islands, on 7 July, 1978.  The official ministerial visit was facilitated by CITREC.

Hon. Agovaka with Honourable Margaret MacDiarmid British Columbia’s Minister of Tourism, Trade and Investment and Minister Responsible for Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat.

Solomon Islands delegation members at the official function at the Government House. (L-R) Ashwant Dwivedi, CEO CITREC, His Excellency Collin Beck, Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Canada, Hon.Dickson Ha’amori, His Honour The Honourable Steven L. Point, OBC Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Hon.Peter Agovaka and Chief Desk Officer Americas and UN Trevor Unusu.


Official Ministerial Visit by Government of Solomon Islands to Saskatchewan, Canada

                                 Solomon Islands Minister for Foreign Affairs Honourable Peter Agovaka with Provincial Secretary and Minister for Education for the Saskatchewan Government Honourable Donna Harpauer.

Hon. Agovaka (L-R) with Assistant Deputy Minister Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Rupen Pandya for the Saskatchewn government and CITREC CEO Ashwant Dwivedi.


Hon.  Agovaka examines an artifical patient at the Saskatchewan Institutue of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) nursing division. Solomon Islands is considering the establishment of a school of nursing that will offer the Canadian nursing program in partnership with CITREC -SIAST and other Canadian Universities.

Solomon Island Minister for Education Hon. Dickson Ha’amori (R) and Hon. Agovaka visit the SIAST Faculty of Dentistry.

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