BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE
THE government is now embarking an active approach to develop the country’s national security strategy.
Acting Prime Minister and deputy Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare made this statement during the recent South Pacific Intelligence Dialogue that was held at the Heritage Park hotel.
He stated that the strategy should define the responsibilities all pacific island countries must take regarding regional security.
“We are also embarking on developing a National Border Strategy for our maritime borders and it should be completed soon,” said Sogavare.
He explained that the strategy will also be mindful of the borders Solomon Islands shares with neighboring pacific island countries.
The Finance Minister stated that a nationwide consultation took place with stakeholders on important matters to ensure that a comprehensive government approach is in place with consideration of the importance of community participation.
“These communities are important stakeholders in our approach and including them in such undertaking will provide more sense of partnership with our agencies, thereby addressing the issue of ownership in the process,” he said.
Sogavare referred to the dialogue as a boost to this concept because it will lead the way in helping to improve the content and focus of the strategy.
Addressing the participants, he told them that regional security rests on how pacific islands define themselves as a nation.
“We have been faced with many challenges but we can overcome them if we work together as partners. So as long as we stay true to these values, I have no doubt the pacific region will truly be a paradise to live in,” said Sogavare.