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12994 Solomon Islands - Agreement Concerning the Program of the Peace Corps in the Solomon Islands


   
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TREATIES AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTS SERIES 12994

 

 

PEACE CORPS

 

 

 


Agreement Between the
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
and the SOLOMON ISLANDS

 

Signed at Honiara November 6, 1998

 

 

 

 


 

NOTE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Pursuant to Public Law 89—497, approved July 8, 1966
(80 Stat. 271; 1 U.S.C. 113)—

“. . .the Treaties and Other International Acts Series issued
under the authority of the Secretary of State shall be competent
evidence . . . of the treaties, international agreements other than
treaties, and proclamations by the President of such treaties and
international agreements other than treaties, as the case may be,
therein contained, in all the courts of law and equity and of maritime
jurisdiction, and in all the tribunals and public offices of the
United States, and of the several States, without any further proof
or authentication thereof.”

 

SOLOMON ISLANDS

Peace Corps


Agreement signed at Honiara November 6, 1998;
Entered into force November 6, 1998.

AGREEMENT between the GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA and the GOVERNMENT OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS concerning the
program of the Peace Corps in the Solomon Islands.
The Government of the United States of America and the Government of the
Solomon Islands, recognizing the importance of developing mutually
advantageous relationships and cooperation between their Countries, have
agreed as follows:
1. The Government of the United States of America will furnish such Peace
Corps Volunteers as may be requested by the Government of the
Solomon Islands and approved by the Government of the United States of
America to perform mutually agreed tasks in the Solomon Islands. The
Volunteers will work under the immediate supervision of Governmental
and Private Organisations in the Solomon Islands designated by our two
Governments. The Government of the United States of America will
provide training to enable the volunteers to perform their tasks in the
most effective manner. The Government of the Solomon islands will bear
such share of the costs of the Peace Corps program incurred in the
Solomon Islands as our two Governments may agree.
2. The Government of the Solomon Islands will accord equitable treatment
to the Volunteers and their property, accord them full aid and protection,
including treatment no less favourable than that accorded generally to
nationals of the United States of America residing in the Solomon Islands;
and fully inform, consult, and cooperate with representatives of the
United States of America with respect to all matters concerning them.
The Government of the Solomon Islands will exempt the Volunteers and
non-resident persons or any person who is resident solely for the purpose
of performing functions under contract with the Peace Corps on
emoluments payable out of the fund provided by the Government of
United States of America to defray their living costs, on income derived
from their Peace Corps work, and on income from other sources outside
the Solomon Islands, from all customs duties or other charges on their
personal property introduced into the Solomon Islands within a period of
not less than six months before or after arrival for their own use, and
from all other taxes or other charges [including exemption from
Immigration permit requirements and fees], except license fees. The
Government of the Solomon Islands will issue residence permits and visas,
including multiple-entry visas, where appropriate, without fee, to Volunteers and
persons performing functions under contract with the Peace Corps.
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3. The Government of the United States of America will provide the
Volunteers with such limited quantities of equipment and supplies as our
two Governments may consider necessary to enable the Volunteers to
perform their tasks effectively. The Government of the Solomon Islands
will exempt from all taxes, custom duties, and other charges all
equipment and supplies introduced into or acquired in the Solomon
Islands by the Government of the United States of America, or any
contractor financed by it, for use hereunder.
4. To enable the Government of the United States of America to discharge
its responsibilities under this Agreement. The Government of the
Solomon Island will receive a Peace Corps representative and such staff
of the representative [including employees and contractor personnel as
designated by the Peace Corps representative], and members of their
families forming part of their households, as are acceptable to the
Government of the Solomon Islands. Notwithstanding the provisions of
any other Agreement, the Government of the Solomon Island will exempt
such persons who are non-resident persons or any person who is resident
solely for the purpose of performing functions under contract with the
Peace Corps, from all taxes on income derived from their Peace Corps
work or other sources outside the Solomon Islands, from all customs
duties and other charges on their personal property introduced into the
Solomon Islands within a period of not less than six months before or
after arrival for their own use, and from all other taxes or other charges
[including exemption from Immigration Permit requirements and fees],
except license fees. In addition, such persons, and members of their
families forming part of their household, shall be accorded status
equivalent to that accorded administrative and technical staff personnel
of the diplomatic mission of the United States of America, except they
will not be accorded immunities.
5. The Government of the Solomon Islands will exempt from investment and
deposit requirements and currency controls all funds introduced into the
Solomon Islands for use in accordance with this Agreement by the
Government of the United States of America or contractor financed by it.
Such funds shall be convertible into currency of the Solomon Islands at
the highest rate which is not unlawful in the Solomon Islands.
6. Appropriate representatives of our two Governments may make from time
to time such arrangements with respect to Peace Corps Volunteers and
Peace Corps programs in the Solomon Islands as appear necessary or
desirable for the purpose of implementing this Agreement. Any disputes
arising under this Agreement will be resolved amicably by the two
Governments.
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7. The undertakings of each Government herein are subject to the
availability of funds.
8. This Agreement may be amended from time to time by mutual consent of
our two Governments. In the event of a conflict between this Agreement
and a future Agreement regarding cooperation to facilitate assistance, this
Agreement shall prevail concerning the Peace Corps program.
9. This Agreement shall enter into force on the date of signature and shall
remain in force until ninety days after the date of the written notification
from either Government to the other of its intention to terminate the
Agreement. Upon entry into force, the present Agreement shall
supersede and replace the 1972 Agreement between the two
Governments relating to the establishment of a Peace Corps program in
the Solomon Islands.
Signed at Honiara this sixth day of November 1998
On behalf of the Government
of Solomon Islands
On behalf of the Government
of the United States of America



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