BY BARNABAS MANEBONA
PLAN to setting up business holding companies in order to drive the private sector especially tourism in Central Islands Province (CIP) is yet to start.
From such will create Ngella people having shares in companies according to CIP’s Provincial Secretary (PS), Christian Siale, and Premier Patrick Vasuni.
“There is no competition at this stage but given the development right now, I am sure that in two years time, Tulaghi will regularly be a visited town by visitors to visit tourism sites and relics as the provincial government is quite serious about this.
“We are now investing around $80,000 to upgrade all the World War II and heritage sites and also the access to them,” said the PS in a press conference.
Some of the initiatives CIP’s provincial government is working on currently are such as the established youth and women partnership in upholding the cleanliness of zones in Tulaghi Township.”
Though being very small by the provincial government but it is good for a start as they are also seeking NGO partners and funding to enhance more with partnerships including landscaping and getting the right people to organise appealing presentation, so that the value for the product and activities will come.
“That is at start right now with those sites,” explained the PS.
The PS clarified that the Tourism Division will market the initiative to have other funding coming in from the national Government and probably NGO’s on those areas to enhance further.
“As we understand the Provincial Government is limited with finance to service grants only, we are making the outermost use of the limited funds,” said the PS.
“The rest of the funds will have to come out from the Capital Funds of the main line ministries and that is subject to bidding and presentation bearing planning and budgeting queries with the mainline ministries.”
Currently, the Central provincial government is embarking on a number of policy papers trying to translate to the policy paper of land partnership in order to have access to land with landowners.
This follows what will happen after banning of logging in Ngella goes into place. Second is the diversification of tourism by revitalising on it. This includes other private sector economic activities.
CIP’s Premier Vasuni is urging landowners and communities of the rural areas to go forward to them in order to work together for a better future for the province.
Central provincial government is deciding to set up guest rest houses and other areas amongst rural communities to improve healthy standard model villages too.