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Monday, February 19, 2007

SI Parliamentary Opposition assures nation of more attractive rural funding initiatives

The Opposition group in Solomon Islands has promised SBD$100 million in funding for rural development should they come into government.

In a communique released yesterday, the Opposition says it will increase funding for projects run by family units and communities in rural areas to 100 million dollars.

This means that each of the nation's fifty constituency receives two-million dollars each.

It says the funding will be a contribution towards the informal sector and should meet the increasing demand for rural development.

The Opposition has also announced their intention to negotiate a funding of SBD$900 million from the United State's Millennium Challenge Fund for the purpose of rural development.

Meanwhile, the Opposition Group has criticised the Government for misleading the nation with their proposed tithes to churches in this year's budget.

The Group says the 10 percent for the tithes have not been included in the 2007 National Budget. It says the government has been deliberately using propaganda and misinformation to lie to the nation.

Source: SIBC

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