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Manetiva calls for govt to put province eco- development first

Premier Manetiva welcoming prime minister Sogavare to the Central province recently for the Second Appointed Day celebration of Central province. Photo by Jennifer Kusapa


PREMIER of Central Islands province Stanley Manetiva has called on the national government to prioritise provincial economic infrastructure development.

He said provincial governance as agents of the national government should be fully utilised.

He adds this is because provincial governments, more importantly, to an extent, are implementation agents of the national government.

“It is high time now and long overdue for coordination purposes of development plans of Provincial Governments to be included in the national Infrastructure development plans of Solomon Islands to be of a realistic note here, most often Provincial Economic Infrastructure development plans are not prioritized to advance major rural/local economic development,” Manetiva said.

He also said that PCDF funds are restricted to small infrastructures and it is the Provincial call to better improve the coordination between constituency and provincial governments to be administered by Ministry of Rural Development and Ministry of National Planning Aid Coordination, which will truly reflect a National Infrastructure Plan for Solomon Islands.

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