The finalization of the Inter-Agency Understanding (IAU) between Tuvalu and New Zealand took place on December 2009 with the signing of the revised IAU. The Acting Deputy Secretary – Workforce and Head of the Immigration Department of New Zealand, Lesly Haines signed on behalf of the Government of New Zealand and Aunese Makoi Simati Tuvalu’s Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Labour signed on behalf of Tuvalu.
The purpose of the IAU is to set out arrangements to facilitate access of Tuvalu citizens to seasonal work in the horticulture and viticulture industries under New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer Policy.
The signing of the IAU gave effect to the proper and efficient implementation of the Tuvalu NZ RSE project. The Tuvalu Department of Labour under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour is the leading agency from Tuvalu’s side in facilitating the recruitment process.
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