Solomon Islands - Foreign policy



Being heavily dependent on foreign aid, the Solomon Islands' foreign policy is a chief concern to any leader. Kemakeza has attempted to draw foreign aid, but it has been a difficult sell. Australia, Japan, and New Zealand, the major economic powers in the area, look upon the island as politically unstable and corrupt. The murder of a New Zealand aid official in the capital further soured donor countries' appetites for engaging the nation. Pressure from the IMF to pare down government spending and jobs, in an attempt to improve the country's financial position, has caused further social instability.

The country's only remaining export industry is logging, which accounts for around 85% of foreign earnings. This industry is fragile, however, as it is devastating large tracts of forest.

The Solomon Islands is a member of the United Nations, the British Commonwealth, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Economic Community/Africa, Caribbean, Pacific Group, an aid organization made up largely of former European colonial states. The United States does not maintain an embassy in the nation; U.S. affairs are administered from the embassy in nearby Papua New Guinea.

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