PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela has received a courtesy visit by the Ambassador Designate of Belgium, His Excellency Marc George Mullie at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet this week.
As part of the visit, the Prime Minister Hou and His Excellency Mullie held talks mainly on issues of Agriculture, Tourism and Climate Change.
Hou expressed his interest to see more investments in the agriculture sector; stating specifically the cocoa industry.
The Prime Minister said that while the cocoa industry has been around for quite some time in the country and further acknowledging the number of recognition the local cocoa product has received, he also stressed that its high quality must be maintained and possible increase in its supplies.
Hou also stressed that Climate Change is an important concern to the Solomon Islands therefore getting into energy saving projects and/or environmentally friendly programmes is vital.
“A lot needs to be done in terms of renewable energy in order to tackle Climate Change,” he said.
Meanwhile, speaking on the tourism sector, the Prime Minister stated his desire to see the tourism sector expand to all parts of the country and not just few places.
He further acknowledged that more work is needed in terms of improving and developing infrastructure to support tourism in the country.
The meeting was also attended by senior officials from the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.