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Friday, June 30, 2006

Malaita delegation talk development with Gov't

By Moffat Mamu

A five man delegation from the Malaita Provincial executive is currently in Honiara to update the government of the province's development plans.

The delegation, led by the provincial premier Reuben Moli and his deputy Wilfred Maeluma, is in Honiara to update the national government over the provincial government's resolutions from its Budget Meeting recently.

Mr Moli said his delegation had met with the prime minister, other government ministers and Members of Parliament from Malaita. "Their response has been positive and the government has highlighted that what we are doing is in line with its rural development policy framework," Mr Moli said.

The provincial government's meeting a week ago resolved that it phased out the Ward Development Grant (WDG) and replaced it with a Regional Development Fund (RDF). This means all funds that used to go to individual ward provincial members are placed in one basket for the development of the province as a whole.

Therefore, during the meeting the assembly also approved the establishment of regional consultative committees to identify the province's development priorities which the RDF will be used to service. Mr Moli said these resolutions were what his delegation are presenting to government officials and Malaita Province MPs.

"We are trying to link the rural areas with the national government. So in a way we are making a way for the national government to channel funds or its services through a process that will benefit the province as a whole," Mr Moli said.

He said his government involved the MPs from Malaita to encourage a closer cooperation between ward members and MPs and to encourage MPs to share in the setting up of the regional development priorities through the regional consultative committees.

He said this is his government's 10 year strategic plan with the theme "iumi tugeta bildim Malaita". "This is not something that will happen today or tomorrow. It is a long term plan and hopefully the foundation my government is laying now will develop to enable us achieve our theme in 10 years time," Mr Moli said.

source: Solomon Star (http://www.solomonstarnews.com)

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