BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
THE result of the National Perception Survey on peacebuilding has highlighted a number of critical issues that requires further collaboration.
Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on behalf of the government said this issue is however seen as an enormous challenge but Solomon Islands government welcomes the results and looks forward to increased cooperation from partners and the public to find more lasting solutions.
He said he was informed of the many inceptions contained in the results which include the following:
The need to work harder on building and bosting confidence in public, uncertainty of the direction the Solomon Islands is heading , confidence that peace will be maintained, mixed perception on the government’s handling of issues from the tension period and dissatisfaction of government in addressing unfinished issues from the past.
DPM Sogavare said the results are crucial and important as they will be used to evaluate existing mechanisms to address areas identified by the results and beside they will also form the basis of an advice to cabinet as to a way forward.
“These results will no doubt provide an objective window for policy and decisions makers in making future directions on our path to peacebuilding and also it did raised the need for the continued combined concerted effort by government, partners and people to work together in achieving our ultimate goals and peace,” he said.
DPM said the survey also indicates that the most important actions for ensuring lasting peace in Solomon Islands are identified as increased access to economic opportunities, employment and provisions of greater power to provincial authorities
He said with regards to address the most pressing national issues from the survey the government is continuously working hard to improve economic opportunities and employment, address the issues of corruption and providing basic services such as health and education.
“The government has tasked the National Reparation working group to come up with a work plan and look at how to accelerate our reparation framework and programme.
“We believe that peacebuilding activities need to be linked to the overall development efforts.
“This requires our cooperation and hard work. But as the survey findings found, we have a strong basis as this survey indicated that 97.7 percent of respondents said they are proud to be Solomon Islanders which is a good basis to work together as one country working on one future,” Sogavare said.