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Unskilled workers from Solomon Islands could soon be working in Taiwan under a new labour scheme between the two countries. Taiwanese Ambassador to the Solomons, , George Chen, says an agreement on terms and conditions is being worked out. He says the two governments will sign an agreement on the labour scheme, which will be implemented by private interests.

“Since Solomon Islands is our staunch ally in the Pacific, we proposed that scheme to the Solomon Islands,” said Mr Chen. “Taiwan is interested in construction, the services sector like maids, hospital helpers and so forth. Now I don't know the details but I think there's some unskilled labour will be easier to implement this project. We're not talking about skilled labour.”

Mr Chen said Taiwan could “import” up to 200 Solomon Islanders in the first instance, depending on market demand. He would not specify what remuneration the workers would receive but said “it must be very competitive for Solomon Island workers to travel to Taiwan and to work there.”

Source: Pacific Beat, ABC, ‘Solomons and Taiwan finalising labour scheme’

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