Each time a friend travels to the Solomon Islands you tell them to buy a Choiseul bilum (string) bags or a necklace from Malaita in the Market.
Perhaps not anymore.
Now the Port Vila Municipal Council and the Honiara City Council have agreed through their sister city relations for Honiara to literally bring the Honiara Market to Port Vila with their Solomon made handicrafts.
98 Carvers arrived today on board the Fair Lady with their products and fingers crossed, the Solomon Island vendors will bring with them too, Choiseul bilums and Malaita made necklaces.
The Port Vila town authorities have confirmed that the Sea Front Stage will be allocated for our wantoks to sell their handicrafts. Fair Lady should set sail again on the 2nd November.
Port Vila Lord Mayor Albert Daniel and his Solomon Islands counterpart, Mr Andrew Mua discussed the potential of expanding the sister-city arrangements to include cultural exchanges like this one when the two leaders last met in July.
Yesterday the Port Vila Acting Mayor Peter Yamack welcomed the Honiara City Mayor Andrew Mua and the Honiara City town Clerk, Charles Kelly to Port Vila.
The First Citizen of Port Vila, Albert Daniel is away on official duty, attending the Global Forum of Human Settlements in Bangkok, Thailand.
Meanwhile Honiara Mayor Mua says the Honiara City Council has plans to also bring their handicraft vendors to Lifou, New Caledonia, sometimes next year.
Port Vila City has sister city relationships with Lifou.
(Pictured above from left, PVMC Admin and Finance Manager Ian Bal, Chairman Finance Committee Councillor Antony Harry, Honiara City Council Lord Mayor Andrew Mua, PVMC Acting Mayor Peter Yamack, Honiara City Clerk Charles Kelly and PVMC executive secretary Amandine Tariuvi.)