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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sogavare declares his government's BUA development policy as "most significant"


Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has declared the Grand Coalition for Change Government’s (GCCG) Bottom-up Approach development policy to be the ‘most significant aspect of the prevailing political climate.’

Mr Sogavare told parliament yesterday when winding up the sine die motion that an important feature of the development direction the government was taking was the active participation of people and hence the current political climate indicated a growing public support for that approach.

He said the government’s delay in implementing the development policy was intentional so as to critically analyse the weaknesses and failures of past development plans since nationhood.

The Prime Minister said previous development strategies failed because they were heavily donor-focused and also neglected the active participation of the people.

Mr Sogavare said an important requisite for the successful implementation of the Bottom-Up Approach development policy was the preparation of Solomon Islands to partake in development process.

“It is our view that development plans can only work if the people who will participate in their implementation are also in the right frame of mind to implement them.

“This is the missing link in every development plans that were developed for the country since independence- the fact that our people were removed from the workings of any development plans,” Mr Sogavare emphasised.

The Prime Minister said the government adopted the holistic development programme designed by ‘Papa Sam of the Entrepreneurial Development Training Centre in Papua New Guinea and it (government) would be working in partnership with the European Union to train Solomon Islanders under this programme.

“Ideally it is the intention of the government to get all Solomon Islanders to go through this programme. We are working on incorporating this programme in the development plan and also working on a legislative framework to implement it,” he said.

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