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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Solomon Islands benefit from International and regional cooperation

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says Solomon Islands continues to benefit from North–South cooperation to sustain its growth.

Speaking at the United Nations at the weekend, Mr Sogavare said Solomon Islands is working on enhancing South-South cooperation. He says he was pleased that developing countries such as Papua New Guinea have provided needed help in education and security.

Mr Sogavare says his government is focussing on renewable energy with India, Taiwan and Indonesia. He says his government hopes that development partners’ appropriate technologies will be transferred so that communities would have access to modern and affordable energy.

Mr Sogavare says the Global and Environmental Fund including United Nations Environment Programme could look at facilitating such initiatives.

In another related news, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare says Solomon Islands is pleased by a proposed United Nations project to strengthen the Provincial governments.

He says the joint United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Capital Development Fund have planed will help strengthen the provincial government system and invest in provincial infrastructure and communications.

Mr Sogavare says the proposal will strengthen democracy and brings the state closer to its people. He says his government would assist in implementing the proposal. Speaking at the UN General Assembly over the weekend, Mr Sogavare called on partners to contribute to better the lives of people.

Source: SIBC

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