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Thursday, January 04, 2007

SI Deputy Prime Minister challenges top officials to be professional in 2007

By Deli Oso/PM Press Secretary

The newly appointed Solomon Islands Deputy Prime Minister, Toswell Kaua, has warned that 2007 will not be another easy year and called on Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Public Servants to be committed to discharging their duties professionally.

Mr Kaua made the call at New Year’s function he and the Minister for Finance, Gordon Darcy Lilo co-hosted for the staff of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Finance and Treasury.

He said 2006 was a challenging year for the government as it went through a lot of hard times both politically and administratively. However, he said the government managed to overcome the hurdles through cooperation and support of Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Public Servants.

Mr Kaua said thus, 2007 would not also be an easy year for the government adding that the task of ensuring effective service delivery to the people squarely rested on the shoulders of Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Public Servants.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the problems faced in 2006 should be taken up as challenges and thus should be used as foundations to build on for the improvement of work ethics and service delivery to the nation. He added 2007 would bring about new challenges that would require new visions and planning to ensure the effective delivery of government services based on the bottom-up approach development policy that was aimed at decentralizing development.

Mr Kaua said Public Servants in particular must be neutral in discharging their duties to ensure the government’s Programme of Action was developed to the fullest.

Source: Government Communications Unit

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