PM highlights urgency of Govt policies

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EDDIE OSIFELO

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has highlighted the urgency in the government’s policies which it wants to achieve during its four-year term.

The government had adopted 259 policies in the policy statement and translation launched in Honiara last week.

Speaking on the motion he moved yesterday to allow Parliament to beg leave to offer thanks for the Speech addressed by his Excellency to Parliament on Monday, Sogavare said they need to be ambitious if they are seen to be addressing anything.

He said Parliament over the years has been very clear of what it expects from ruling governments – the development agenda to address.

“I must admit that they are correct course that government of the day must heed.

“And among the key outcomes expected Parliament wants to see government policies create jobs for the growing job seekers in our country, “he said.

Sogavare said Parliament is also very clear in this debate that it wants government policies that are sustainable to economic growth – must be maintained above their population growth.

“The Parliament is also very clear and wants to see government policy down to effective and efficient delivery of how quality government services to the people of this country

“Parliament is also very clear and it wants to see government policies not with huge potential that are locked up in the rural economy because of the huge confidence gaps that exists between the formal and informal sectors,” he said.

Sogavare said Parliament is also very clear that it wants to see government policies that add value to the development of strategic resources like tuna, off-shore fisheries, minerals, forestry, and our land.

He said Parliament is also very clear it wants government to attract high quality Foreign Direct Investments into the country.

“Parliament is also very clear it wants to see government policies that our people are safe from the effects like climate change, and other national man-made disasters.

“Parliament is also very clear it wants to see peace process it started 20 years ago must settle once and for all,” he said.

He said it’s still outstanding.

“MPs very clears that want to see government policy guarantee a strong and uniting Solomon Islands where its citizens see themselves as one people and one country.

“Parliament is also very that it wants to see a Solomon Islands that is truly independent, sovereign and capable of looking after the development needs of its people,” he said.

Sogavare said Parliament is very clear that it wants policies of government guarantee a healthy relationship with the country’s development partners who are truly serious of helping them.

“They are correct course and government will be totally irresponsible not to heed it,” he said.

Sogavare said the country failed because they failed to address the peace, progress and prosperity of this nation.

He said it is contained in the five volumes report of Truth and Reconciliation Commission which Parliament is set to deliberate on it.

“The costs to address these recommendations run in billions of dollars,” he said.

The debate continues today at 9.30am.