By Taromane Martin
THE Solomon Island 2023 Pacific Games task force is still awaiting cabinet’s approval before they can move to another stage in preparation for the games.
Task force team leader, Mr Gabriel Suri said cabinet is yet to give their approval as they work towards seeing the 2023 Pacific Games act start rolling.
“As you know Parliament has already passed the 2023 Pacific Games Act. This Act sets up the system as to how we will administer the games and the sets up of the three main bodies,” Mr Suri said.
“These three bodies are national hosting authorities, the facilitation committee, the games organizing committee and the secretariat which has already set up their office at Town Ground.
“The other three bodies are yet to setup because the parliament act is yet to commence. There are discussions made to delay the commencement of the act,” he said.
In the meantime cabinet has appointed a task force for the first stage of the country’s preparation naming Mr Suri as the team leader.
“We also have two assistant leaders, the Permanent secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs Mr George Palua and the President of NOCSI, Mr Martin Rara,” the team leader said.
“Casper Pule Director of Sports is also a member of the task force and Hazelyn Maui from the Ministry of Home Affairs who is the task force secretary.
“Honiara City Clerk is also a member and Walter xxxx from the Office of the Prime Minister.
“What is left to do is we will prepare a cabinet paper for Cabinet’s approval for the developing of the lands at KGVI.
“Once we completed all our assigned tasks then we’ll compile and present a report to cabinet.
“Once cabinet is satisfied with the preparation we did, then the act can commence and the other three bodies can come into force and start implementing the recommendations we put in the report.
“We hope we can finish our assignment by June and then have the other bodies come into effect,” Suri said.